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Podcast Episode 53: Surviving as an engineering consultancy

Mail Manager 29 Jul, 2021

Nick Francis, Director at GIRI Training and Consultancy, joins us in episode 53 of the ‘Changing Construction’ podcast, the podcast designed to help people in Construction address the big challenges they face and discuss the key themes across the industry, breaking down stigmas, bringing awareness to issues and challenges, where you hear from those at the forefront of change. In this episode, you'll hear about how to survive as an engineering consultancy.

Episode 53: Nick Francis - Surviving as an engineering consultancy


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Nick Francis, Director at GIRI Training and Consultancy, joins us to discuss surviving as an engineering consultancy. During the episode, we cover: being flexible, being useful in terms of type A, B, and C work, the need to evolve quickly, and surviving as an engineering consultancy.

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About Nick:

Nick is an award-winning engineer, experienced manager, and passionate educator. He has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to complex infrastructure problems. Having served for 16 years as an Officer in the Royal Engineers, he has extensive operational military experience and is acutely aware of our built environment's impact and fragility.

As the founding director of Imagine Engineering Nick helps clients develop high-functioning project teams, drawing on technical expertise and military planning and leadership skills. Working with the Get It Right Initiative he has pioneered a range of education programmes to address the root causes of error within the construction industry. Nick regularly lectures at several universities and works with Bridges to Prosperity to tackle rural isolation throughout the developing world.

Nick won the “Operational Engineering Award” for his design and construction of emergency Ebola hospitals in Sierra Leone, his designs for emergency flood defences saved the town of Romsey from catastrophic flooding, and he played a leading role in protecting military camps in Afghanistan from very large vehicle-borne bombs.

Nick developed a deep understanding of practical construction through his role as a manager for heavy civil infrastructure works on the Westfield Stratford City site. He then gained an appreciation for consulting whilst working and as a design engineer at Arup. Throughout his military career, Nick honed his leadership and management skills, including commanding a squadron of over 200 soldiers on operations in Africa, the Middle East and the UK. As a Principal Engineer at Eadon Consulting, he conducted highly technical design and analysis of complex moving structures.

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Where can you listen to the podcast?

The podcast can be found on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, and more. We have also written a blog on this topic, including key quotes from our speakers that you can find here.

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