Real Work

Dale Potts
Adam Brooks, director of Faithful+Gould talks about what he does for a living.

Each week we ask someone from the Bristol business community about what they do for a living. This week it's the turn of Adam Brooks, director of Faithful+Gould, the project and cost management consultancy based at Aztec West. He is married, with two twin daughters aged seven, and lives in Westbury on Trym.

How did you get where you are today?

I was fortunate enough to join Faithful+Gould straight from school (when they had 200 staff) who sponsored me through a part-time degree course, membership of the RICS and subsequently put me on the group’s management development centre training programme. As Faithful+Gould grew to its current size of over 1,500 the opportunities presented themselves for future career progression. I also have an exceptional set of colleagues around me.

What are your responsibilities?

I am responsible for the delivery of our three main service streams, comprising cost management, project management and Consult - which is risk and value management and business process mapping.

I am head of our Bristol office with over 50 staff and ultimately responsible for local and national clients in terms of overall accountability and service delivery.

Who do you work for?

We have a diverse range of clients both nationally and locally. For example our clients from the Bristol office range from Airbus to the City of Bristol College and from HM Prison Service to Astra Zeneca.

We assist organisations in developing and maintaining their real estate assets. We provide clients with consultancy advice to deliver projects on time and on budget, both for existing buildings or engineering facilities and for new build programmes. Our work can comprise helping with traditional one-off construction project or a range of refurbishments/ upgrades to a portfolio of projects, through to seconding our experts into their organisations, where they may be based on a full-time basis.

What hours do you work?

In our line of business it's all about getting the job done. Typically I work a 40 to 50 hour week but this is ultimately decided by our clients and their needs.

I try to balance the role of a family man with being a director of a business - and a keen rugby player! I am team manager and player for Clifton Nomads.

At what time do you leave for work?

Normally I see my family before I leave for the office and get to work at about 8:00 am.

However I have clients all over the country and this means that early starts or late finishes are sometimes inevitable.

What do you do at lunch break?

I try to take a break at some stage during the day although it's not necessarily at lunch time. If the weather if fine I often go for a walk around the ponds and parks of Aztec West.

Are you from Bristol?

My parents moved to Bristol from Gloucester when I was nine, when my father joined the newly formed Avon County Council. I went to Cotham Grammar School and then joined Faithful+Gould and studied at Bristol Polytechnic part-time to gain my qualifications. I have lived in Westbury on Trym for nearly 10 years.

What do you look forward to at work?

No two days are the same and it's the variety that I love - plus the feeling of achievement in successfully providing solutions to regional and national clients.

What do you do on a Friday evening?

I enjoy sitting down with my wife Sarah (a teaching assistant) and reflecting on the week that has just gone by and planning the weekend ahead.

How do you feel on Sunday evening?

If it's in the rugby season usually very stiff, sore and tired! Ifs it’s the summer usually physically exhausted as a result of trying to keep up with my children!

How long have you been with your company?

Almost 21 years. Faithful+Gould was formed in Bristol in 1947 and today is a global company as part of the WS Atkins Plc Group. I find it amazing to be in charge of the Bristol office today and see how far the company has grown and evolved over that time. I can remember running errands for the founder Len Gould when I first joined the company as a trainee. Now the company is involved in projects from New York to the Middle East, as well as our office working on some of significant construction projects in the South West.

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