Testament to Amspec’s commitment to seek out talented new recruits to enhance and improve the services we offer our clients, is the recent arrival of the highly talented Caz Cartmell. We had the pleasure of catching up with our new Contract Manager to discuss Caz’s exciting background in the industry, life at Amspec so far, oh and her love of both DIY and chocolate!
Hello! Please introduce yourself – who are you and what do you do at Amspec?
Hi, I'm Caz Cartmell and I am a contract manager. I liaise closely with the guys out on-site to carry out multiple projects, ensuring our client and end-users’ needs are met in terms of time cost and quality.
Tell us a bit about your background, did you always want to work in the building and design industry?
I started life in the industry on the tools as a joiner in 1999. During this time I achieved my City & Guilds site carpentry NVQ2,Bench Joinery ACA, OCNW Trowel Occupations, BTEC National Award in Construction. I worked on a variety of new build and refurbishment projects. I went on to lecture joinery for a couple of years while I undertook my HND in construction Technology Management.
I felt that I still wanted to 'get out there' so I sent out my CV and started working as a QS/project manager for a local private developer. I attended Salford University on a day release to undertake my Quantity Surveying Degree, which took hard work and commitment but I am proud to say I achieved a first class degree with honours.
Unfortunately the recession hit and after three years the company went into administration and I was made redundant. I took time off and carried out an extension to my own property, only bringing in additional labour for the brickwork electrics and plumbing. Although I did all the labouring on this. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience as I designed the extension to meet my needs and because I had control of the construction I could easily change or adjust things as I went along.
I then worked as a freelance Qs/project manager for a further three years, working for local building firms and private clients. In 2013 I started working for Balfour Beatty as part of a Projects team on Heysham Power Station. Here I assisted with the delivery of projects ranging from £10k to £1m.
How long have you worked for Amspec, and how did you first come to work for them?
I have now been at Amspec for three weeks. I was looking for a change in direction, a new challenge and I saw Amspec were advertising.
Briefly describe a typical ‘day in the life’ of your role at Amspec
I arrive at the office at 8am, sometimes earlier. I check and respond to emails. I order materials, plant and arrange resources to meet project programmes. I liaise closely with the design team, workshop and the team in the office.
I also visit sites and liaise with the clients and designers.
What is your favourite thing about working at Amspec? What makes it such a great company to work for?
I love the ethos, everyone is so helpful and work closely as a team to assist each other when required.
The fact they can design in-house, produce within their on-site joinery workshop and carry out the installation makes the whole process an exciting adventure, and looking at the previous projects they have carried out makes me proud to be a part of it.
What’s the most exciting Amspec project you’ve been involved with to date?
As it’s only been a short period of time it’s hard to say, but what I can say is watch this space. I am already heavily involved in refurbishments in the Cotton Exchange in Liverpool, creating great office spaces by stripping back the building, as well as producing a wonderful business lounge in Manchester by incorporating bespoke furniture items.
Outside of work, what do you love to do to keep busy?
I have three wonderful kids and love spending time with them and my family. I like eating out, going walking, the beach, holidays, DIY and chocolate