Member of the Month: June 2013
Always a friendly face at GYP events, George loves travel and the arts. Read on to find out more about his adventures, and about life in project management at BAE Systems.
What’s your background?
I always struggle with the classic “where are you from” question: essentially the answer is somewhere halfway between East Yorkshire and South West London, although my accent seems to have originated from a small county called BBC Radio 4. Spent three years at Cardiff University studying Civil Engineering and learning to like Welsh rugby, and I joined the BAE Systems Graduate Scheme in 2010 as a junior Project Manager.
Tell us about your job – why did you choose it, what does it involve, and what’s the best thing about it?
I chose BAE Systems because of their fantastic portfolio of complex projects. I have always enjoyed getting involved in projects, and in terms of big and expensive, you really can’t beat some of the Defence projects for sheer awesomeness. Over the last two and a bit years or so I have enjoyed the opportunity to travel all over the country working on different projects, including the manufacture of Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and the design of a new generation of nuclear reactors for submarines.
I am currently working in Glasgow with the Project Management Governance Team for the company’s shipbuilding business. My job can be best described as advanced cat herding, although it has given me a great overview of the whole business and its projects.
When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
If money were no object, I would definitely spend all my time travelling. I have just returned from a trip to Hungary, which had the honour of being the 30th country I have visited. The home page photo is of me in St Petersburg, Russia in September last year.
When I’m not globe-trotting, I love exploring the history and culture of the UK (my family had signed me up for life membership of the National Trust well before my first birthday) and getting to know the local area.
After GYP, the next two best things about Glasgow in my book are great restaurants and theatres.
For a good restaurant, I would recommend either Opium on Hope Street for Dim Sum, or the pre-theatre menu at Cail Bruich, on Great Western Road. For theatres, it has to be the pocket-sized Tron Theatre down on Argyle Street, for a great range of avant-garde performances.
Why did you join GYP? Any advice for new members or those thinking about coming to their first event?
I joined GYP as a way of meeting new people outside of work, and it really has been one of the best things I have done since coming to Glasgow. I have even managed to dragoon some of my wonderful work colleagues to come along too. For new members, I would point to the mural at Hillhead Subway Station for an unofficial motto for GYP – “Folk of All Kinds, All Kinds of Folk.”
What has been your favourite GYP event and why?
Definitely the Arts events. I really enjoyed Carmina Burana a few months back, and I was really wowed by Highland Fling, particularly the dancers playing Air Guitar in the first half! I really think the cultural events are one of the best things GYP does, so I have offered to help organise some of the them in the future – let me know if you any ideas!