Congratulations Les Calder on 20 years’ service!

Article posted on: 10th July 2020

This month we celebrate even more long service work anniversaries!

Congratulations to Mnahill Bashir Ali on 15 years service, Ron Smith on 10 years with Clancy and Les Calder on achieving 20 years service.

We caught up with Les to find out a little more about what he enjoys most about working at Clancy, his all time favourite project and how he enjoys spending his spare time.

What does your job role involve?

I’m a Senior Consultant based in the London office and undertake Forensic Engineering investigations and reports. This would typically involve investigating why damage has occurred to a building or structure and what works are required to stabilise/repair. The reports might be for a Building Owner or Insurer or can be for the Court as an Expert Witness if the matter involves litigation.

What do you enjoy most about your role and working at Clancy?

The work is very varied, investigations take place all over the country with no two cases being the same. You are typically working on your own, particularly if it is as an Expert, to quite strict deadlines, so you need to be well organised. Keeps you on your toes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Pottering around in the garden, watching horse racing and reading, mostly modern history and politics associated with places I’ve lived and worked in the past such as the Middle East and South-East Asia. I’ve also been a keen stamp collector since early school days over 60-years ago!

How would you describe the culture at Clancy Consulting?

Very professional and dedicated. There’s a good collaborative team spirit in the office with everyone pulling together. Whilst at times the work can be fast-paced, the atmosphere remains positive. I particularly the like the way the Company is constantly looking at ways to improve and seek feedback from all members of staff.

What’s your favourite project that you’ve worked on?

The refurbishment of Calcutta House, Guildhall University (now part of London Metropolitan University). The building, in East London, was constructed in the mid-19th century as a Brooke Bond tea warehouse and packing facility on the site of an early Dutch Church. No historical construction documentation was available and considerable investigative work was required. Clancy provided multi-discipline Engineering services and the project was completed on time and on budget, with the building remaining fully functional throughout.

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