Mike brings distinctive international experience, relocating from Edinburgh in 2015. His work with Buro Happold required strong leadership to ensure the technical and financial success of all projects. Mike’s portfolio reaches across different sectors in Australia, the UK and abroad with a significant focus on large, complex structures within education, scientific and residential sectors. His technical expertise combined with his pragmatism has enabled Mike to step into a leadership role at TTW and acquire several large and iconic projects for the company.
Why did you decide to become an engineer? What inspired you to become one?
I was always a good problem solver and lateral thinker. But I wasn’t sure which engineering sector to pursue until I worked with Andrew Weir. He was a structural engineer running his own company, and had a great passion for his work with clients, architects and builders. His enthusiasm, and the high regard he was held in by the community, encouraged me to make structural engineering my profession.
After working in this industry for over 20 years what keeps you motivated?
Each new project has its own story to tell, and I like that I can have an influence on helping that story be revealed. The opportunity for new challenges and people to meet along the way, keeps it interesting.
As a leader of TTW, what is your vision for the company?
TTW’s reputation and strong core values were key factors in my decision to move from the UK to take on a leadership role within the company. My vision for the future is to challenge our engineers to become the best they can be, and to further our reputation for delivering the highest level of engineering expertise on each and every project.
Words of wisdom to your younger self?
Every project presents an opportunity to learn something new – occasionally you just need to dig a bit deeper to realise what it is.