Me & My Job - Edward Mairis, consultant, Edward Mairis Landscape Consultancy

Edward Mairis, consultant, Edward Mairis Landscape Consultancy - image: EMLC
Edward Mairis, consultant, Edward Mairis Landscape Consultancy - image: EMLC

How did you get started? I first studied design and business studies, then went on to study horticulture. After that, I incorporated a limited company that designed, built and maintained landscapes.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Be bold, aim for the impossible. I always try to make sure I do not get trapped by people or ideas.

What does your typical day involve? Firstly, I check all correspondence and reply immediately, even if I do not have the answer. I then review my schedule and prioritise the important things to get done in that day. I like to attend meetings and sites before lunch so I have the afternoon to write reports.

What takes up most of your time? Approximately 45 per cent of my time is spent producing plans and reports, 20 per cent on meetings and correspondence, 20 per cent on finance and 15 per cent on operations.

What is the best part of your job? Being free and creative. Working in a team. I love to think up new ideas that my clients have not thought of before and to make them successful.

And the worst? Being separated from my family when I am working away from home. Skype is no substitute for being together.

What is your greatest achievement? Designing and building a holiday home in Andalucia, southern Spain. I am making an organic farm and education centre on the land - it is a lifetime's work.

How do you wind down after a hard day? Exercise is my favourite way to de-stress - swimming or jogging. I also like to walk and talk with family and friends.

What does the future hold? I will be working on two eco-tourism developments and two retail centres this year. I have plans for an eco-build housing project in Surrey and I want to start a horticultural school at my farm in Spain during 2012.

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