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Hannah Howells

Hannah's thoughts on NHBC

What does your day-to-day role entail?

Working for the Commercial Building Control team means that I work with a variety of retail, manufacturing and restaurant companies providing Building Control services. Our team also supports the core elements of the business and we oversee conversion projects for both Building Control and warranty provision as well as residential retirement developments.

What attracted you to NHBC?

Having worked in Building Control for 10 years both in the public and private sectors already, NHBC was an obvious choice for career progression for me. It offers both the variety and complexity of projects that I am motivated to work on. I also enjoy being part of a technically driven organisation that focusses on driving standards upwards.

Do you feel supported in your career development?

In my experience at NHBC, I have seen that there are continuous opportunities to progress and gain additional skills. I was very proud to be nominated and shortlisted this year for the Women In Construction Awards, a nomination that my colleagues put me forward for. I think this is a great example of how NHBC encourages and supports its employees in developing a rounded career.

What would you say to someone considering a technical career at NHBC?

If you would like to work for a company that has a large cross-section of roles and responsibilities, that offers a supportive working environment (whether you’re office or home-based) and provides opportunities for career variety and progression if you are willing and motivated then, NHBC is for you!

Gavin Allsopp

Gavin's thoughts on NHBC

What was your background before joining NHBC?

I used to work for a rural local authority and I had reached the limit of what I could learn and experience there. NHBC provided me with the opportunity to work around the country on sites affected by more complex contamination and ground gas issues than I would ever experience in my previous job.

So what does your current role entail?

I review technical assessments to ensure that site investigations and proposed remedial works comply with the NHBC Standards and Part C of the Building Regulations. We often have to provide advice to consultants and architects to ensure the submissions are up to standard and ensure what is being built on site is going to comply.

How has your career developed since joining the company?

I joined NHBC in 2006 at an engineer grade and over time I have gained the experience and been given the opportunities to enable me to progress up through the career structure. I was promoted to Principal Geo-Environmental Engineer  in 2016. NHBC has supported me and allowed me the time to become a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and become a Chartered Environmentalist.

What do you enjoy about your role?

The variety of work and sites I get involved with. One day working on a small site with minor contamination issues to the next day working on one of the most complex sites you will get the chance to work on.  NHBC is a great place to work and gives you the experience to progress to the next level.

Karen Thornton

Karen's thoughts on NHBC

How long have you been at NHBC?

I joined in 2004 as a Senior Environmental Engineer after 15 years as a consultant working on contamination projects in both the UK and abroad such as the Millennium Dome, a power station scheme in Russia and various landfill redevelopment schemes.

What is your current role in the company? 

Since 2016, I’ve been an Area Technical Manager which means I manage a team of Building Control Surveyors as well as Structural and Geo-Environmental Engineers for our North West Region. We work closely with our builder customers and their advisers, offering open and honest advice to ensure compliance with Building Regulations and NHBC Standards.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

My job is challenging but rewards daily. No two days are ever the same and not one day goes by when I don’t learn something new.  I also really value the people and the team I work with. I am always amazed at the breadth of technical knowledge and know-how of NHBC colleagues.  There’s always someone who can help. There are no egos at NHBC.

I’m also proud of what NHBC stands for and how it conducts itself. Ultimately our work ensures protection to the eventual homeowner, something I care strongly about.

What career opportunities have you had whilst with NHBC?

When I first joined NHBC my primary role was to offer specialist geo-environmental support to engineering and Building Control colleagues and to check compliance of builder proposals against NHBC Standards and Building Regulations.  The area that I found most rewarding were initiatives to support builder customers with the safe development of land affected by contamination for residential end-use. This presented plenty of opportunities to become involved with training initiatives and representing NHBC on a number of industry committees.

Being within multi-disciplinary teams has also provided many opportunities to learn about other facets of the home construction business and the team structure offers the necessary support and knowledge sharing from a wide range of disciplines. NHBC is serious about learning and development and sponsored me through my Management Diploma which assisted my progression to management level.

What would you say to prospective candidates thinking about a technical career with NHBC?

NHBC offers immense possibilities and opportunities. If you enjoy problem solving, care about construction and development standards and have the ability to discuss and communicate technical matters in an understandable way; then NHBC is a place for you.

An additional bonus is being able to work from home, meaning the drudgery of a daily commute is a thing of the past and you have more time to get on with the important things in life.

Andy Clark

Andy's thoughts on NHBC

What is your role with NHBC?

I am a Senior Geotechnical Engineer within the NHBC Land Quality Endorsement team. We operate as an early engagement commercial consultancy to assess brownfield sites against NHBC Standards.  I also assist colleagues in other parts of NHBC on ground risk issues where it is more complex and my specialist input is required.

What has been your experience since joining the company?

I am approaching my 1st year anniversary and I can’t quite believe how quickly it has come around.  After a well-rounded and thorough induction period and getting to know the company and its organisational processes, I feel very well prepared for any future challenges in this role. The time afforded by NHBC to you as an individual is unlike any previous place of employment I have known.

What do you most enjoy about your role?

I really appreciate the ability to positively influence projects, and ultimately, to protect someone’s home from risk.  Within NHBC Land Quality Endorsement, we are very much an early engagement team and have the ability to raise standards, and reduce risk, for future suitability for NHBC Buildmark Warranty.

After a good number of years working on Design and Build projects for major infrastructure and oil and gas projects, working at NHBC has allowed me to pass on my experience within a new engineering sector.  I also have close working relationships and interaction with external consulting engineers, everyone working towards the best solution for projects and homeowners.

What would you say to prospective candidates thinking of joining NHBC?

I never really appreciated the “engineering clout” that NHBC have in house, from Chartered Structural Engineers to my own technical specialism. You will have a support network of experienced professionals working to help you settle into an organisation that is very much focused on the wellbeing of their employees and appreciative of their skills.