On completing the degree course in Waterford Institute of Technology I was offered a research assistant position with the college. We carried out a number of harvesting trials in forests throughout Ireland. This gave me a feel for harvesting and transport logistics. I was able to build my network of contacts at all levels of the industry.
I then started a small harvesting company dealing mainly with hardwood crops. This gave me a start on buying timber from companies and from landowners. I managed a crew of eight people from whom I learned a lot about dealing with different personalities on small sites.
I was asked to manage establishment operations for a geotechnical engineering company. This was something I had not tried before and worked at that for a number of years. In the company, I was given the role of site manager for a number of engineering operations. This role has enlightened my understanding of site safety and paperwork.
When starting in my current position of Purchase Manager I was given the task of developing a sustainable source of timber from the private forestry sector. This role is to source, harvest, transport and purchase timber from private landowners.