Richard Shroll, Regional Managing Director, Wates Constructon
Where did you go to school? Beverley Boys School, New Malden Surrey
What path did you take to get to your current positon? Started at
16yeasrs old as an apprentce Carpenter for a major contractor, joined
Wates in 1989 and took the first steps into a management positon as a Foreman of a Car-
pentry team on a project in 1990, from there my progression has all been through the site
management ranks, to Operatonal Leadership to now Business Leadership.
What subjects did you study? t school, woodwork, geography, art and Mandatory Maths
and English. Post School, City and Guilds in Carpentry and Joinery and Constructon Man-
agement. lso studied business and obtained a fellowship in the Chartered Insttute of
How many jobs have you had, and can you name them? Here goes͖ pprentce Carpenter,
Carpenter, Foreman Carpenter, Finishing Foreman, secton manager, site manager, project
manager, project director, operatons director, business unit manager, producton director,
group constructon director and now Regional Managing Director.
What school subjects link to your career? Woodwork, geography, maths and English.
typical day in your current role looks like: Diverse, lots of meetngs, analysing business
performance and risks, people engagement and strategy, meetng current customers and
new to try to contnually look for the next project.
What skills do you use daily, that you learnt at school? The biggest is probably discipline,
common sense and people skills, everything I do has to have structure and in someway en-
gages with people, so being able to lead and motvate people is essental.
What is the number #1 piece of advice you’ve been given that helped you with your ca-
reer choice? Do something you enjoy that maximises your strengths and treat people how
you would like to be treated yourself.
Richard Shroll, Regional Managing Director, Wates Constructon
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope stll leading and motvatng
people to be the best they can, achieve the best results, set the best
standards and enjoy their jobs in the constructon sector.
Why do you love your job?
I am passionate about constructon and the sector, its so unique͘ I love
leaving long lastng legacies, both in terms of developing people and
the buildings we construct͘ The diversity of my day/week/month no
two days are the same͘ The contnual improvements that we make
and the fact that driving change is openly accepted͘ But most of all I
love working with fantastc, highly driven, fun people who enjoy deliv-
ering and getng the best they can from any situaton whilst enjoying
every day͘