How Faithful+Gould supports professional development

Annabel Clark
Annabel Clark, Senior Sustainability Consultant, has completed the Graduate Programme and last year, Faithful+Gould’s Management Development Programme (MDP). Through these schemes she has gained a depth of knowledge across a broader range of services including sustainability, facilities management, asset management and life cycle costing as well as management skills to help her develop her career potential.

What does a typical week look like?

I work on a range of private and public sector projects including office buildings, schools, care homes, data centres and student accommodation - meaning every week is different!

I lead our BREEAM Consultancy team, within the Strategic Asset Management team working closely with the rest of our company colleagues. A typical start to the week includes a team meeting over a cup of tea, to discuss resourcing, any challenges and opportunities and share workload within the team.

My day-to-day role is to help our clients weave sustainability and BREEAM improvement measures into their buildings. I do this by understanding the client’s needs through face to face meetings, evidence review, site visits and virtual meetings. I also collaborate with the design team, contractor and client from design stage to building completion to ensure that maximum sustainable value is achieved.

My work also includes undertaking technical reviews on large public sector energy investment projects funded by Salix Finance, strategic sustainability management plan implementation and sustainability reporting on projects.

Currently my team is taking part in the ‘Global Challenge’ so during lunch we all head out for a walk around the park to up our step count, get some fresh air and discuss anything and everything, it has also helped me get to know some of my team better, and enabled us to plan our next team social!

How has Faithful+Gould helped to progress your career?

I work with a fantastic group of people, there are so many great role models to learn from within the business.

Through the graduate and management development programmes I have been given the training, experience and skills I need in my current position to line manage and lead client projects. From being given the opportunity to gain ‘on the job’ experience and shadow my peers, this has given me the confidence to lead projects, develop long-term client relationships and inspire others.  

I am currently on the NextGen Commercial Property Forum, where I have the opportunity to learn from senior colleagues working within this sector. I am also involved in mentoring schemes and have a mentor through the NextGen Commercial Property Forum as well as being a mentor through our Reverse Mentoring Programme. These mentoring schemes have been invaluable in unlocking my own and others potential to grow and progress in our careers.

What do you enjoy the most about your role?

I am passionate about sustainability and I love how in my role I can influence sustainable designs and realise tangible results to achieve a positive impact on people’s health, wellbeing and the environment.

Faithful+Gould also offers lots of other activities, I am on the Gould’n Girls Netball team. This has been a fantastic way to get to know my colleagues and keep active! I have also dedicated my company volunteer days to run interactive workshops in schools, teaching children environmental and sustainable means of development.

What have been your two stand out projects you have worked on?

It was great to work with the MET Office as part of a design team to deliver their buildings at Exeter Science Park, in my home city! This was an innovative project showcasing rainwater harvesting, 122 solar PV panels, a green wall and a high emphasis on employee health & wellbeing with daylighting and thermal comfort.

Another project, the Emily Wilding Davison Building at Royal Holloway, University of London, was a great project to work on alongside colleagues within Faithful+Gould. The building showcases sustainable design with a focus on sustainable transport, responsible construction, operational energy efficiency and health and wellbeing.

Both of these buildings were awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, placing them in the top 10% of UK New non-domestic buildings!

What excites you about the future?

It is amazing to see a trend in more individuals, businesses and countries becoming environmentally conscious and investing in the future. It is great to be working for Faithful+Gould who are focused on weaving sustainability into every aspect of our work, from project planning to delivery. There is a fantastic momentum for sustainability and I am excited by the development of our company’s Sustainable Business Strategy based around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I can’t wait to continue working with clients who have a strong sustainability agenda and share the same passions as myself; to develop innovative, intuitive and sustainable buildings for the future.

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