For Gavin Steele MRICS, his career in surveying has been a passport to a world of exciting projects and diverse cultures. His career has taken him from working with clients in the United Kingdom, to iconic designs in the middle east, and finally to leading large-scale infrastructure projects across Southeast Asia.
My career in surveying began with Currie & Brown, where they supported my studies through an apprenticeship scheme. This enabled me to study one day each week in a subject related to my area of work. I graduated seven years later from Kingston University, London, having had the opportunity to work on some fantastic UK-based projects along the way with clients such as Gatwick Airport, Transport for London and the BBC.
After Currie & Brown, I moved on to Davis Langdon in January 2007. I immediately joined the team working on the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building, a truly iconic design. This was my first exciting exposure to the international opportunities surveying can offer.
Following a move out to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), I was given the opportunity to grow my aviation and infrastructure experience away from Abu Dhabi. I soon found myself leading a team in Dubai delivering cost management services at Dubai Airport, as well as supporting Davis Langdon's global aviation business.
All this work and international exposure led to my real breakthrough. I became the aviation cost management lead for AECOM in the Middle East, following a promotion to director in 2016. This gave me the opportunity to grow my team, offering each of them wider experiences to large, complex and exciting projects.
I was lucky enough to experience work in Southeast Asia when I was based in Dubai. When an opportunity presented itself to move there and lead Turner & Townsend's infrastructure cost management team across the region, I took it.