My interest in developing bright engineers, architects and other built environment professionals goes back a long way.

As a director at Arup I was for some time responsible for the firm’s education and training team. I was subsequently chairman of the Ove Arup Foundation for 15 years and am now a trustee of the charity. And for many years, I was also trustee and deputy chairman of the Construction Youth Trust, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people into careers in the built environment.