Meet the Team – Steve Gray
How long have you worked at Squire Energy?
I joined Squire in November 2015, so approximately 2 years and 3 months.
What’s your background/what are your past experiences? i.e. qualifications etc.
I don’t have a formal engineering qualification; instead I have a degree in English and Psychology. It’s offered me the opportunity to work within the burgeoning social media/corporate responsibility climate, as well as expanding on my knowledge – and the politics – of the energy industry as a whole.
As for my career, I joined Transco back in 2000 working within a very busy complaints team. Transco soon became Transco Connections, then First Connect and then Fulcrum Connections at which point, I became a Technical Assistant within the Design and Quotations team. In this role, I was responsible for creating and costing infrastructure for within the Wales and West area of Fulcrum Connections. After Fulrum was sold off to Wales & West Utilities, I relocated to Cardiff in 2005 and for nine years, I worked as a Network Support Assistant within the Asset Management team. My time was mainly occupied with replacing the old metallic mains, planning for future growth, writing capacity studies for bio-methane sites, identifying and resolving poor pressures, as well as telling Ops teams how many people they’d just taken off gas by turning the wrong valve.
What does your normal day at work involve?
As a project co-ordinator I liaise with existing and new clients, prepare the projects at the quotations stage, create the preliminary designs which will inform our costs and ensure that Squire as a company are adapting professionally and efficiently to their needs. Whether it’s acquiring external costs, performing site visits or meeting clients in a board room environment to put Squire on the map, project co-ordinators generally have to keep a few plates spinning. There’s also tea. Lots of tea.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
The diversity, the people I work with and meeting the clients. And of course, the tea.
What was the best project you worked on?
It’s actually an ongoing project for a major chemical manufacturer called Syngenta. Myself and a colleague flew to Falkirk, Scotland for a business meeting and to perform a site visit. We only spent a couple of hours there, but our willingness to provide that one-to-one service so far from our base was much appreciated.
What’s your favourite place in London?
Covent Garden – I like the vibe, the street performances. But I also love London generally; having to do site visits there has shown me a lot more of the capital than I would have seen otherwise.
What are your interests outside of work?
I play guitar and do some freelance writing; I enjoy reading, badminton, swimming, cycling and cross-country running/walking keep me feeling relaxed. Family days out with our two and a half year old girl are always fun – running around after that lunatic is probably the reason I try to stay fit.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Persistent, Conscientious, Sociable.
We’re off to the pub – what’s your order?
A decent ale.
A proper, shortcrust steak and ale pie with sweet potato fries. Crockery full of offal and a puff pastry lid don’t count.