As Zeneca was borne out of ICI, I was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in the site research blocks managing a multi trade team of electricians, instrument artificers, fitters, plumbers etc. In the early 1990’s Zeneca decided to close its research blocks moving everything into Hexagon Tower and I was asked to manage the control/electrical aspects of this major project which lasted some 10 years in total. This also saw Avecia borne out of Zeneca and I became the Site Engineering Operations Manager at Hexagon Tower. In the early 2000’s as Avecia began selling off its various businesses and Hexagon Tower was becoming a multi-tenanted building, my role was also changing to more of a property management role.
First thing you'd do if you won the lottery?
If I won the lottery, I would need to ensure that my new home in the sun would have all year round excellent links to Manchester as from August to May, every other week, I would need to return to my spiritual home to watch my beloved Manchester United.
An engineer at heart, my career began as an apprentice instrument artificer with ICI. I spent the four years of my apprenticeship at the three Manchester sites that ICI had in its day. At the end of my time, I was given a job at the ICI Hexagon Site. In those days it was much larger than it is now with several research laboratory blocks including Hexagon Tower.