Congratulation to Craig Ferey who is celebrating 30 years of working at Camerons, as part of his long-service award we decided to do a quick interview with him:
How did you start your career?
I left school at 15 to join Camerons, which was known as Peter Cameron Ltd in 1989, and started as an apprentice blocklayer. The first project I worked on was Avalon Park in St. Clements which was a collection of retirement homes. Following a move from the tools in 1994 I moved into site engineering and then in 2005 I ventured into site management, and in 2011 I gained promotion to project management.
What made you decide to work for Camerons?
Working in the construction industry was something I was brought up on as my father was a self-employed builder. I always went to work (could say I was more forced to work) with my father on weekends and during school holidays. It was my father’s idea that I leave school at 15 and gain a trade in construction. A friend of my fathers, Dave Billingham who was a foreman for Peter Cameron Ltd, employed me and I started work in the summer of 89.
What have you seen change in the industry?
The major changes I have seen in the last 30 years include the technology, Health & Safety, and the vast improvement of education in construction as working in this industry is now a recognised skill. The biggest change in Camerons has been the expansion within the company. Back in 1989 when I first started, Peter Cameron’s small head office at Rue a la Dame comprised of the Managing Director, a quantity surveyor and a secretary!
What is the best thing you have experienced?
Although every day is enjoyable at Camerons, the most rewarding aspect of my role is when a project reaches its completion after many months/years. This is the time when the (hopefully) satisfied client gets handed the keys and takes ownership of their new development.
What advice would you give to someone starting their career?
The simple things in life will go a long way in assisting someone starting out in their career, such as being punctual at all times, showing a good attitude to learning, showing the same respect to someone sweeping the floor as to the managing director, and having a good work ethic.
What do you do in your spare time?
Travelling, football (playing & watching), eating out, red wine, reading and running
And finally some interesting facts:
I have never been for a job interview and I am currently on my 6th Camerons/Peter Cameron Ltd Managing Director. Who have all been excellent of course!