What is your (normal) job title / role
Chief Executive of Garenne, Channel Islands.
What is your role for J3 on the Nightingale Hospital?
What is your typical working day like at the moment?
Busy and varied! We have a J3 team meeting at 9am every day, to catch up on overnight activity and confirm the plan for the coming day. Because some of our team have been involved in other Nightingale Hospitals, which are further ahead, we also get daily briefings on lessons learned, issues arising and any materials or equipment shortages. At 10am I have a client call to report on progress and programme, interface issues with the client and Health Team. We provide a daily report which includes commercials and spend, so there is quite a lot of prep required prior to the call. There are normally many instructions and actions which result from the meeting that need to be passed on down and through our team and back up again.
The project has attracted a lot of media and political interests, so I have been making arrangements and providing tours of the site.
How has life changed for you over the past couple of weeks?
I have no life!! It has been 24/7 since our first briefing session with the client team on the 2nd April. I’ve been involved with our core Jersey team from the first discussions, from sharing our experiences with and from our partners in the UK and their work at Manchester and Glasgow, to taking the client brief, creating the area schedules, determining the site selection criteria, site evaluation, agreeing terms with the landowner, presenting to the Emergency Policy Panel for political approval to procuring the first supply chain partners. Hours have been long – often 12-14 hours per day.
Have you learned anything from this experience which you can benefit from in future?
A huge amount. Anything is possible, team work and collaborative working is essential and it works. Video conference saves so much time and is easy to use – why didn’t we use this more before?
We’ve designed a building from multiple locations, so we’ve learned that geographical spread is not an issue, as long as you’re working with an established team that you know will deliver. Good communication and positive decision making are also essential.
What is the most impressive aspect of the Nightingale Hospital?
The teamwork and camaraderie between everyone. There really is a ‘can-do attitude’ and everyone wants the project to be a success, as they understand the significance and need for the local Jersey community. There is a real sense of pride on site, there is good humour and banter, but everyone understands the serious side and the need to provide this facility on time.
What aspect of life on Jersey are you missing the most in the current lockdown?
The social interaction, sport and spending time with my family and friends.
If you could do anything on Jersey for one day, with one person what would it be and with whom?
A day on the beach at Greve de Lecq with my partner, Janice, with lunch at Coleen’s before going home to get changed and heading to Hotel Christina for an aperitif followed by dinner in St. Aubin’s.
Which restaurant / bar / café will be first on your list after lockdown?
Le Braye, a nice early evening meal with my partner looking over St. Ouen’s beach and watching the sunset.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am just so proud to be involved in this significant project for the Jersey community and sharing it with a fantastic team. This project really demonstrates how Jersey’s construction industry has and can come together for the benefit of the island and deliver the virtually impossible. Everyone involved in the Nightingale project should be equally proud of their achievements and input.
Many of the team seconded from Camerons are people I have worked with over the past 20 years and recruited, and I have really enjoyed been back on site working with them all in the cut and thrust.