Rob Plews

BSc (Hons), MPhil (Cantab), CEng REnvP, MIMMM, FGSAssociate Director

What is your role at Shadbolt Group?

I have recently been promoted to an Associate Director. I still do my Geo-Environmental role and get out in the field where I can, but now I liaise more with clients regarding their needs and take on more specialist jobs. I also supervise new members of staff and guide them in their duties.

What did you do before you joined Shadbolt Group?

Before Shadbolt Group, I worked at Allied Exploration and Geotechnics, Chester-le-Street. I started as a Technician but moved up to an Engineer, and was soon assisting on an upgrade of the A1 Western Bypass.

What do you find most challenging about your role?

The logistics of getting people and equipment to the right places at the right time. Thankfully, I've always been ‘the organiser’ in my group of friends, so I'm well versed.

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

A professional approach is a must but being personable and approachable is just as important to put people at ease... then, you will get the most out of them in my experience.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I trained as a glaciologist at the Scott Polar Research Institute and won a scholarship on a 9-week Arctic expedition with the Royal Geographical Society. You soon get used to sleeping with a rifle next to your sleeping bag as a bear precaution.