Alumni Network Case Studies
Name: Mark Jackson
Courses studied at Leeds College of Building: GNVQ in the Built Environment
Year(s) at Leeds College of Building: Two (2)
Current job title: Estates Development Manager (Capital Projects)
Organisation/Company: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Industry sector: NHS Healthcare
Having completed my course at LCB I went on to do a degree at Sheffield Hallam University in Building Surveying. During that study I undertook a placement at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and I was subsequently taken on full time where I remained for the next nine years. My role at STH was the design, financial management and project management of numerous refurbishment and new build projects.
Since then I have remained in the healthcare sector and worked for NHS Blood and Transplant (Construction Manager) and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (Capital Projects Director, Head of Estates Maintenance and Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities – Hard and Soft Works). In 2014 I joined University Hospitals of North Midlands as Estate Development Manager which will involve the delivery of numerous complicated and challenging capital projects through significant healthcare change in very tight timescales (Completion 2017).
I enjoy delivering the wide range of projects with my team of project managers for new and refurbishment works to ensure that the patients, staff and visitors who will be in the buildings have an environment they can be proud of. The stakeholder management, space planning and finances associated with these complex schemes will continue to be challenging in an ever changing NHS landscape.
I had a strong interest in the construction industry and on completion of my GCSE’s I opted to undertake a specialist course in the construction industry rather than A-Levels. The course gave me an excellent background into the construction industry and gave me a significant advantage on other students who had continued with A-Levels when I went onto University. I was Student of the Year in 1995 at LCB.
During my time at LCB I was advised to join the Chartered Institute of Building to assist in my studies and career development. Twenty years on I am now a Fellow of the CIOB and a Chartered Construction Manager. Along with this I have also recently become a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM) and Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (FIHEEM). Over the years I have undertaken further studies in project management, risk and facilities management and I completed an MSc in Risk Management in 2015 at Nottingham Trent University.
LCB gave me a great insight into what the construction industry has available and the numerous sectors within this complex and challenging industry. This included areas such as civil engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer aided design, building design and project management. I would thoroughly recommend a similar route for prospective students to get an overarching view of what is available and which specific field they may want to enter on completion of their studies at LCB.
For the future I am looking forward to delivering the significant changes and capital projects which will be taking place in Staffordshire over the next few years.