Meet Richard Waite EngTech MCIPHE RP

What interests you about the industry?

There’s always something different going on. You never know what’s going to come up from day to day, whether it’s with your own job or someone else who needs help.

How did you get into it?

I was going to follow my brother into electronics, but while waiting for the course to start I got a summer job with a local heating company. I was only going to do it for a few weeks, but I loved it and I stayed. I had the chance of an apprenticeship and I could see the learning curve. That was back in 1982.

What’s the best thing you’ve learned?

How to deal with different personalities. Whether it’s your own staff, customers or clients, you have to find a way to get what you want from people in a good way and satisfy them that you’ve done a good job.

How did you get into your current role?

I’d been working with the same set of directors for 30 years and they offered me the role of works manager because I’d been a plumber. I couldn’t say no.

If you had the chance, would you do it all over again?

Yes, 100%. My job has allowed me to see fully my side of the industry. Through watching builders, I’ve been able to work on my own homes. I’ve done a few up based on my knowledge.

Tell us something people don’t know about you

I do a lot of yacht racing. I share a 28ft Impala with three others to keep the costs down. Most weekends we do a local club race on a Friday then spend the rest of the weekend at places like Falmouth or Fowey. It’s good fun and frightening at the same time – keeps me on my toes!

This article first appeared in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of P&H Engineering, the magazine for members of the CIPHE. Find out how to join here.

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