Spotlight on – Steve Jamieson, REL’s technical manager


Describe your career so far.
I've been working in the M&E sector for more than 30 years. I started as a technician apprentice at Matthew Hall Mechanical & Electrical Engineers Ltd in 1983, through to project engineer until the dreaded recession in 1991.

From 1992 to 2002, I worked with Westcombe Design Associates – a small M&E Consultancy based in Kent, where I was responsible for the electrical design department. After a short stint of estimating with an Essex-based electrical contractor, I joined REL.

How longed have you worked for REL?
I've been working for REL since 2004. Primarily, I joined to support the estimating department, but my design capabilities meant that my role quickly expanded into supporting the design department and taking a lead in system administration.

What are your main responsibilities?
I'm the principal duty holder to the NICEIC for REL and the management systems representative in respect of ISO9001 - Quality and 14001 - Environmental, and (soon to be) 45001 - Health & Safety.

As I have a design and contracting background, I 'sweep' across both the design and operations department, providing support for drawings, calculations, tendering, procurement, surveying duties and arguing with wholesalers.

Can you describe a typical day?
The nature of my job means that my working day can be extensively variable and my focus is usually on three or four different parts of three or four projects at the same time.

What do you like most about working for REL?
This is the first company I have worked for that makes me feel really comfortable and proud. Having joined REL at a time when it was beginning to expand, I was put in a great place to be a part of, supporting the expansion architecture - we now have systems in place which streamline our workflows and ensure an efficient and calm working environment; two elements that I feel are vital to everyone's sanity in this day and age.

Our systems will be fine-tuned further in the coming two years with the further integration of our workflow processes into BIM modelling, which will hopefully put us at the forefront of our market sector and increase our profitability, both in these design and technical processes.

When you're not working, what do you like doing?
My passion is music; anything with a melody from Mahler to Motorhead can be found in my collection. I'm a multi-instrumentalist and a digital recording studio fanatic. I also enjoy film, gardening, real ale, non-fiction and can sometimes be found asking 'difficult' questions to National Trust Tour Guides, whilst my wife Hilary looks on from a safe distance...

I'm also recovering from a twenty-four year stint as full-time father of two charming-if-not-undemanding girls, Olivia and Grace!

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