22 Mar “Spotlight” on Guy Trivette
Guy joined MiCiM at the beginning of last year to work on our ISO level 5 classification laboratory project in Bristol. Guy has a mechanical engineering background that started with working in the armed forces, we chat to Guy about his career so far;
Tell us a bit about your career and what you’ve brought to your role at MiCiM:
I developed an aptitude for mechanical engineering whilst serving in the Armed Forces, servicing, and maintaining AS90’s (a large self-propelled howitzer, artillery gun). I enjoy working on varied and challenging projects. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked on fast-track shop-fitting projects on the airports, built luxury houses for millionaires and a Swedish billionaire, installed large biomass boilers, remediated a geothermal well, built a solar farm in the middle of winter and built energy centres and district heat networks the largest of which at Battersea Power Station.
Most recently I’ve been working on data centre projects in Europe but I’m happy to be back in UK right now helping to deliver a new manufacturing facility for our client Oxford Instruments.
You have a highly pressurised career – what would you say are the key strengths you bring to a team?
I like to think I bring some attention to detail. I like looking forward seeking out buildability issues in advance. I also like to get clarity on project issues and risks and bring focus to them with the wider team.
What are the main challenges in the Mission Critical sector?
Unrealistic programme delivery timelines. This puts the whole team under a lot of stress at times which can be very difficult to manage. A strong team culture, focus, clarity, and clear communication is key when the pressure mounts and the hard deadline looms.
What kind of skills does one need to have to enable a career in the Mission Critical sector that spans for 10 + years?
Leadership, planning and strategic thinking along with the ability to manage stress. The use of ‘clean language’ can also enhance team communication.
Over the course of your career, what would you say was your most challenging project?
Every project brings with it a different set of challenges.
Many years ago, I worked as a package manager for a main contractor on a boutique hotel project for Cosmo Fry, who is part of the chocolate Fry dynasty. It was a challenging project with a very tight programme and bespoke furniture to fit. We also had a camera crew following our progress onsite for the last two months of the job who would ask every contractor onsite, at every opportunity “when do think the job will be finished”!
Is there any cutting-edge technology which you are excited about, which will be at the forefront of the industry in the next few years?
I’m a strong advocate for the digitisation of construction. This includes tools like Procore BIM. Let’s get the 3D model for the project in the hands of those building it onsite to help deliver benefits such as reduced install errors, improved communication, visualisation, and faster decision making. Early engagement and commitment from the lead designer is key for successful project implementation.
Are there any skill/formulae/tech you learned in your formative years you still utilise today?
My formula for work and life is to face facts, explore possibilities and embrace uncertainty. Then seek growth.
As you are always heavily involved in the final push to complete a project, what are your coping mechanisms to deal with the pressurised environment you live in?
Focus and clarity, clear communication, and a sense of humour will carry you through. Keep calm and carry on!
What is it that you enjoy about working with the MiCiM team?
It’s the culture. The culture at MiCiM is fantastic, open, honest, and collaborative. The company really does live these principles. It’s a great place to work.
After a busy working week, what do you do in your down time?
We are very fortunate to live in a lively sailing town on the edge of the New Forest. In the summer I enjoy getting out on the water and in the autumn walking through the forest hunting for mushrooms…. Not the magic ones of course!