It’s a warm welcome back to the North East for Brian

Project manager, Brian Turnbull.

Jarrow born and bred, I left the North East to further my career nearly 30 years ago and since 1992 I have worked mainly in Berkshire as a project manager for The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), responsible for the design, manufacture and support of warheads for the United Kingdom’s nuclear threat.

I really enjoyed my time at the AWE but I wanted to return back to the North East, as I greatly missed the people, the passion and the culture.

In addition to developing warheads, The AWE had a construction arm in which I gained considerable experience. So, I decided that in returning to the region I would target the construction sector and Hodgson Sayers was one of the companies I really hoped to speak with.

I met with managing director, John Sayers and executive chair, Billy Hodgson and was delighted to be appointed project manager. I liked the feel of the company and its values and vision.

I moved back home and live in Darlington. I report to operations manager, Peter Condren and have a team of up to 10 people.

I am responsible for the overall initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring and control of a project.

My background is very much civil and structural design and I enjoy putting my skills into practice on projects with key customer, Northern Power Grid.

Project management is an enjoyable yet demanding role and the toughest aspect is keeping up-to-date and constantly learning new procedures.

Outside of work, I enjoy a lot of outdoor sports. My daughter lives in Perth, Australia, so each year we enjoy an action-packed holiday that includes water and jet skiing.

I also play a lot of golf (not very well), enjoy walking, clay pidgeon shooting and relaxing to music…when I find the time!