We are delighted to have another staff member celebrating an important milestone in their career with us, as contracts manager, Hefin, celebrates 10 years at the company.
A university graduate, Hefin qualified from Swansea Met with a BSc. (Hons) in Project and Construction Management. While studying he juggled several part-time jobs in retail, warehouse work, and as a labourer with a local builder, before joining us here at Premier Forecourts and Construction upon graduation.
Hefin first started as a junior/ trainee contracts manager with us in May 2011. He hit the ground running, and after around six months was overseeing our maintenance contracts. Four years later he moved from maintenance to work on larger projects and, over the years, has worked his way up to be an experienced contracts manager at the firm.
Hefin says that the most enjoyable aspects of his work are the satisfaction that comes with problem solving when working on a project, and then handing over an attractive, completed project to a satisfied client.
The recent project he is most proud of working on is the delivery of the first ever Shell owned EVC (electric vehicle charger) site in the UK.
Over the decade Hefin has been with us, he has seen the company expand in size from our small office in Cross Hands, with only a dozen or so members of office staff and a handful of site workers, to where we are today – having a large workforce and a considerable client base, including large multi-national companies like bp and Shell.
Hefin sees the future of the business becoming increasingly EVC focussed, though doesn’t think it is the only solution for powering vehicles in the future, as he explained:
“The last few years has been heavily EVC orientated, and we have seen all clients jump on board with this. The infrastructure going into each of our client sites has become far more advanced than in the early days of EVC’s in the short time that I have been working on them – approx. 3 years.
“I see the next few years continuing to be heavily EVC orientated, and as the technology improves, we will probably end up going back to EVC sites we have already completed to further develop and upgrade these sites.
“I think this will keep us busy for the next few years at least. Although I don’t think electric will be the sole answer to powering vehicles in the future, so it will be interesting to see how other alternative energy sources develop.”