Name: Mark Flanagan
When did you become a manager?
Eight months ago when I joined Try. Although I'm an engineer, my job includes being assistant site manager. I'm also reading for a BSc in construction management at South Bank University. I've been everything from a builder to a self-employed civil engineering sub-contractor - changing as the demands for different skills have changed.
What does management mean to you?
Tackling difficult objectives in the most efficient manner - I call it the control of man, machine and materials. This means making sure the project matches up to the architect's dream, getting work finished on time and on budget, and most important of all, being responsible for more than 50 men. Health and safety has to be taken very seriously. All the accidents I've seen happened because explicit safety information was ignored.
What do you love/hate about it?
I love being at the sharp end of a building project, controlling the craftsmen and the site programming. I hate unsafe practices, and I inform everyone that they won't be tolerated on my site.