Mark Walker
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Mark Walker

Managing Quantity Surveyor

Time in role:

3 weeks

Qualification/s:

BSc Quantity Surveying

HNC Building Production Technology

Overview:

I started my career in the construction industry at the age of 16 following completion of my GCSE’s. I then embarked on a journey which would ultimately gain me a BSc in Quantity Surveying. I did this via completion of a BTEC at St Helens Technology College, HNC and subsequently a BSc at John Moores University all on a Day Release option of study.

During my career I have worked on both the client and contractors side as a Quantity Surveyor with my preference clearly being working for a contractor, this being due to the more ‘hands on’ day-to-day involvement of projects.

During the 10 years of my career pre-Pochin’s in 2012 I have been employed by both private QS Practises and a couple of main contractors.

What made you want to join the construction industry?

Having close family in the industry I felt that I was always going to end up in the construction industry – it was more a question of in what sort of capacity/role. My early thinking was to explore the route of Architecture – however it was the duration of full time study which was required to gain such a role that put me off. I therefore sorted exploring and researching the variety of roles in a professional construction team and QS-ing seemed to tick all the boxes. Following the completion of my secondary school education I wanted a career where I could ‘learn on the job’. A trainee scheme with the Day Release method of study offered that opportunity.

Where do you think we will see you in five years’ time?

Having started at Pochin’s as a Project Quantity Surveyor in June 2012 I have been promoted to Senior Quantity Surveyor and most recently Managing Quantity Surveyor. Therefore the next 5 years is about consolidating that position and gaining as much experience as possible to fulfil that position to the best of my ability, for myself and the company.

Describe work in 3 words: Challenging, enjoyable, fulfilling

Likes: Football & Motorsport

Favourite food: Indian

Can’t live without: Football

Favourite Holiday Destination: New York

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