We are delighted to welcome Iain Ward to the WJL team as our new Southern Contracts Manager. We sat down with Iain to get to know him a little bit more;

Tell us about your work background?

Before becoming a Contracts Manager, I started my career in retail working as a subcontractor for Starbucks and Krispy Kreme, manufacturing and installing stainless steel units and kiosks across the UK. I then worked for a retail company called Axis retail – division of Axis Europe – specialising in retail fitouts and display units. Some of my other experience includes working for a Social Housing group, project managing the joinery for washroom fitouts and carrying out enabling work for a number of leading supermarkets. 


I initially wanted to be an Aeronautical Engineer in the Navy, but left University feeling unsure of what I wanted to do. Whilst working as a subcontractor shortly after graduating, I spoke to a client about Project Management and Contract Management, who ended up offering me a job – and the rest is history.


What’s it like working as a Contracts Manager?

I liaise with every facet of the project and ensure everything is pulled through the business. I encourage every player in the team to do their bit, and if there’s a problem, I like to sit down with the team and resolve it. I’d describe my work ethic as professional, organised and able to stay relaxed in a high-pressured atmosphere. 


Have you noticed a change in your work much in the wake of COVID-19?

To be honest, I wasn’t really affected to begin with. When I needed to go into the office , obviously there was a change as I had to work from home a lot more, but other than that, as the construction industry kept moving, so did I. The role I’m moving into will mean I’m going to be working from home a lot more, which is something I’m looking forward to.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Any interesting facts?

I have one son who is eight, we’ve recently started cycling together. I also enjoy playing golf!


Do you have any interesting facts about yourself?

I actually broke my back when I was 27 – for one of two reasons! I either went over snowboarding and had something in his rucksack, or when I got caught in a ruck playing rugby. I thought it was just a muscle injury to begin with then had an MRI scan and was told I had a broken back! I now play 5-a-side football twice a week to keep active.


In a few short words – what is your secret to happiness?

Having a nice, fun, happy outlook on life. 


If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

I enjoy what I do – so I wouldn’t want to change! – Unless, of course, it was a job where I could earn £1 million pounds an hour, working 1 hour a day with a 1 hour lunch break.