Meet the Team – Stuart Thomas
What’s your job title?
Senior Project Manager.
What does your job involve?
Primarily managing my team, meeting with clients, customers, contractors and suppliers, keeping a watching brief on quality and health and safety, and using my experience to ensure that we always provide the most economic and best fit service for our customers. We always aim to exceed expectations, gain trust through delivering our services and to be awarded with repeat business.
What’s your background?
I’ve been involved in the gas industry in various roles for more than 30 years. I’ve worked with many of the key players in the industry and have been fortunate to meet and work with people from numerous blue chip companies. My experience ranges across team and project management, upstream gas infrastructure, design and construction, downstream installations and utilisation as well as safety, primary gas metering, gas sales, tendering, marketing and business development areas. Multi-skilled with a strategic focus on people, their needs and project delivery, as this gives me the most job satisfaction.
What’s your favourite part of your job/what do you most look forward to in your job?
My favourite part of this role is having the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people from all backgrounds, working in many sectors of industry, including utilities, consultancy and construction in general. It’s an extremely rewarding position to be in. From our customers to the key industry decision makers, I’ve learnt so much from the people I’ve met, and it’s always a pleasure to receive positive feedback, both from a company and a personal perspective.
I look forward to new and exciting challenges ahead, as the gas market develops and Squire Energy continues to grow.
Why Squire Energy?
Working here engenders trust, a real feeling of worth and of being valued. There is a genuine team spirit within the company at all levels. Everyone strives to keeps our customers’ needs as the central focus, not because they have to, but because they want to. It’s also an enjoyable place to be and to work, surrounded by unique people and personalities.
Most memorable project?
There have been many memorable and challenging projects over the years that it’s difficult to pick just one. I’ve been involved with projects in London where 1000-year old historical artefacts were discovered during excavations, and projects where protected species were found. I have also been part of teams where we’ve completed projects across most pressure tiers and in almost every sector imaginable.
Projects are made up of many aspects and opportunities, but leading and being part of a team which offers solutions to difficult problems and consistently exceeds expectations is what makes projects memorable to me.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Much of my spare time is spent ferrying my children around, attending school events and getting to grips with their homework. Any ‘extra’ spare time is spent planning evenings out with friends, arranging family holidays or trying new dining out (and eating in) experiences. I also enjoy DIY, folk music, the theatre – particularly quirky comedy and the cinema – and since secondary school, I’ve had a real interest in literature covering late 18th and early 19th century military history, as well as keeping up on current affairs.
I’ve also followed the Eagles since before I could see above the barriers, on the standing-only tiers in the Holmesdale Road Stand, first going with my Dad and Uncles to Crystal Palace FC when I was aged around six. I’ve continued this, attending away games and as many home games as I can at Selhurst Park, along with my family, friends and customers too, hoping that the Palace win the battle to stay in the Premier League each season.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Friendly, focused, reliable.
We’re off to the pub, what’s your order?
There is but one choice for me; a glorious pint of the beautiful black nectar with all its delicious overtones – a cool pint of Guinness, of course! The icing on the cake (and it’s been iced many times!) is sitting in a traditional pub in Dublin City with friends, on a Saturday or a Sunday – or any day or night – with a perfectly delivered pint in hand, laughter and smiling faces all around and with some traditional music filling the air, getting the mood just right.