Meet Jason Clark, LCGI, EngTech, MCIPHE, RP
A member of the CIPHE’s disciplinary committee, the marathon man is also a company chairman and business investor
What interests you about the industry?
I have always had an inquisitive nature. When I was about 15 and living at home with my mother in a local authority-owned home, they sent a team of plumbers to install central heating and a new bathroom suite. I was amazed at the complexity of the cylinder cupboard pipework and the skill involved at the time, and so began my journey of interest.
How did you get into it?
When I left school in 1987, I registered for the YTS (Youth Training Scheme), which at the time was run by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), to become an apprentice plumber. I attended Walthamstow College on day release and worked on site and in occupied premises until I received the City & Guilds qualification.
What’s the best thing you have learned?
I always tell people the best thing I’ve learned is a trade! This is my safety net; whatever else happens, I can always rely on my skill to earn a living.
How did you get into your current role?
After a varied career, from plumbing and heating engineer to designer and estimator, I moved into sales and became a partner in a plumbing, heating and electrical merchants. My business partner and I then diversified into supplying specialist controls and materials to the lift and escalator industry and we are now one of the largest suppliers to this industry in the country.
If you had the chance would you do it all over again?
Definitely! I have built on the foundations that my apprenticeship and my trade gave me. To this day, I have so much admiration for training and apprenticeships.
What's been your stand-out moment?
Receiving the Master Plumber award in 2004 at Merchant Taylors’ Hall, and the Freedom of the City of London, and becoming a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers was a great honour for me.
Tell us something people don't know about you.
I am a keen runner and I ran the London Marathon in 2011 for the Little Havens Hospice, a charity that provides specialist care for babies, children and teenagers, which I also support through my company. I’ve enjoyed fitness from an early age and I studied nutrition, which also interests me.
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