Lee Butler

BSc (Hons), MCIAT, TechIOSH, IMaPSDirector

What is your role at Shadbolt Group?

I am a Director of the group. My role is divided into two main areas. The first is to control the Architectural & CDM interests of the practice; the second is to oversee the general running of the company along with my fellow Directors.

What did you do before you joined Shadbolt Group?

I started a the Shadbolt Group in 2003 as a ‘Trainee Structural Technician’. After a year, I moved to Chipchase Associates Ltd (which was partially owned by the group) and worked my way to Associate level. In 2012 I left Chipchase and started Shadbolt Architectural. In 2016 I was made a Group Director and Shareholder.

What do you find most challenging about your role?

Switching off at the end of the day (or on holiday!).

What skills do you need to be good at your job?

The architectural role generally facilitates the co-ordination between the various design disciplines on a project. Inevitably, there are always clashes and conflict, therefore good problem-solving skills are essential. It is also important that you can work well as part of a team.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I wanted to be an electrician when I left school, so I enrolled at college on an electrician’s course. On the first day, someone from enrolment came in and informed us that they had ‘over enrolled’ on the course. They selected a number of people (including myself) to move onto a construction design course, which led me down the path of architecture.