Me & My Job - Dan Riddleston, managing director, Bowles & Wyer Contracts

Dan Riddleston, managing director, Bowles & Wyer Contracts  - image: Bowles & Wyer Contracts
Dan Riddleston, managing director, Bowles & Wyer Contracts - image: Bowles & Wyer Contracts

What does your typical day involve? Mostly, a lot of talking. Conversations with colleagues on day-to-day issues, staff on site, suppliers, clients, designers. Then plenty of emails to follow up.

What takes up most of your time? My responsibilities are varied. If I was to pick one it would be the tender process to win new work. We are awarded work by negotiation and competitive tender.

The tender process involves a lot of staff, suppliers’ time and my time to make sure that every tender that leaves this office is presented in the best way and that we remain competitive.

Do you get out of the office enough? About the right amount, I would say. Keeping my finger on the pulse at site level is important to me.

What is the best part of your job? The satisfaction of completing a project and watching it mature. I have been fortunate to work on many great projects in my career and revisiting them is a great pleasure. We are very lucky in this industry to be able to see the result of our work, something that many people sitting behind a desk never get to experience.

And the worst? The weather. It is the varied nature of our weather and climate that contributes to our rich and varied landscape, but when the teams on site are struggling with the wet weather, it can be difficult to appreciate. In my view, the weather can be one of the biggest contributing factors to the success of a project.

What piece of kit could you not do without? My phone and my contacts list.

How do you wind down after a hard day at work? Cooking for the family and, if time and weather, allow then out for a bike ride.

What does the future hold? For the business, exciting times with our build for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the Brewin Dolphin garden designed by Matthew Childs. Personally, getting back on the bike after nearly a year off with injury.

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