Careers

One to watch: Dale Harris, Morgan Sindall Construction

The senior project manager tells us about how he got into construction, being a CMYA gold finalist, and why he became MCIOB.

Why did you choose construction as a career?

I trained to become a bench joiner on a four-and-a-half-year apprenticeship as I loved making things with wood. After qualifying, I travelled all over the UK working on high-end projects. After a few years and after witnessing uninspiring management with various contractors on site, I believed that I could do a better job and I haven’t looked back since joining Morgan Sindall Construction.

“CIOB membership was the natural next step for me. I wanted my clients to feel like they were in good hands with someone who takes their career seriously.”

Dale Harris, Morgan Sindall Construction

Is there another career you considered?

I wanted to become an architect but was put off by my careers adviser in school. The advice was not to bother as few practices were hiring and it’s seven years to qualify, which wasn’t very motivating at the time. However, I definitively think it was a blessing and architecture’s loss and construction’s gain.

How did it feel to be a CMYA gold finalist?

It was very rewarding, especially considering who you are up against and the fact you are judged by esteemed peers.

What are your career ambitions?

I want to continue to maintain excellence throughout everything that I do. I am currently in the process of being mentored to project director level with Morgan Sindall Construction. I’ve aspired to this level as I can still experience the buzz of being on site every day while being the person that people look to for support and advice.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have supported Liverpool Football Club since I was three and enjoy swimming. I love interior design, so I spend a small fortune on my home as well as simply taking time to appreciate life.

Why did you pursue CIOB membership status?

It was the natural next step for me. I wanted my clients to feel like they were in good hands with someone who takes their career seriously.

What does being MCIOB bring to your career?