With over 20 years of Hawthorn employment under his belt, Installations Delivery Manager Kev Sanderson really knows his stuff.

A member of our Install team, Kev is a multi-talented chap and splits his time between the office and installation sites. We sat down over a cup of tea to find out more…

First up, could you share a bit more information about what your role involves?

Once we have been awarded a job my role is to assist in the planning of each installation, writing RAMS (Risk Assessment Method Statements), ordering equipment and planning labour to carry out the work. I also attend site meetings and, once the installation build has started, carry out site visits to make sure everything is running smoothly and on time. Occasionally, if I’m lucky enough, I’ll have time to get back on the tools and do some real work!

I’m also the NICEIC QS for the business so I am responsible for making sure that all of our installations comply with the current BS 7671 wiring regulations, and that all of the testing and inspection is carried out correctly and that all paperwork is correct.

You’ve worked here for quite some time – have you always been based in the Install team?

I started at Hawthorn in 1992/3 – I’m old(er) now and can’t remember the exact date! – and was first employed to help deliver a contract carrying out the electrical and mechanical servicing of the lighting and sound equipment in schools run by Nottingham Council. They need a time-served electrician and my experience fit the bill.

Back then the business was smaller so it was all hands on deck and I could also be found working on anything from electrical testing in a school to installing star cloths for a wedding or birthday party. For a while I worked across both our Install and Create team before our Install business got so busy that I was needed to work on it full time.

Is there such thing as a typical day in the life of an Installation Delivery Manager?

If I’m on site then it will be an early start – waking at 4.30am to grab breakfast, feed my cat and hens before hitting the road.

Once on site I could be working on any number of things depending on what stage of the project we’re at – this could be anything from tests and inspections to installing lighting bars, containment and stage engineering, not forgetting some of the less exciting but essential stuff like site safety inductions and tool box talks.

After 20 years in the business you’ve worked on all kinds of jobs – are there any venues or projects that are particularly memorable?

The first one that comes to mind is the News UK job at London Bridge – I spent most of 2014 there and felt like I had moved to London! It was one of the largest installs we had carried out and was a really prestigious job for an international end client.

On a more personal note, I am particularly fond of our work at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria. The refit of its theatre was one of the first installations I carried out and we’re asked to return each year to carry out annual service work. Cumbria is one of my favourite parts of the UK and I’ve built up some great relationships with the venue’s technical crew so it’s nice to go back year after year.