United Living's Tommy Nightingale progresses into the Top 10 of 24housing Young Leaders competition.

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United Living are pleased to announce that Refurbishment South Contracts Manager, Tommy Nightingale has passed the online voting stage and made it into the Top 10 of the 24housing Young Leaders competition.

This follows on from the fantastic achievement of Tommy being shortlisted in this competition, which is aimed at identifying exceptional talent from across the housing sector and highlighting those who are making incredible strides within their own organisations.

Ahead of the semi-final, we spoke with Tommy to find out more about his career so far, his background, and how he is finding the recognition from 24housing.

How do you feel having passed the online voting stage and into the Top 10?

Well naturally I’m very pleased! It’s even more satisfying knowing that I’m the only representation from a main contracting point of view. All the other contestants are from a Local Authority or Housing Association background.

How did you get into the industry and what interested you in such a career?

When I left school I went to college on a Carpentry & Joinery course. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do to be honest, and I certainly didn’t have much knowledge of construction, but with my family working in the construction industry it felt natural. From there, I applied for a multi-trade apprenticeship and was lucky enough to be successful, which really opened up the door for me.

You mentioned previously that you have been in a management role in this industry since you were 19. What are the projects that have stood out to you as the most memorable, and having moved your career to where it is now?

Well that’s a great question, because I would genuinely say that each project I have worked on has influenced me in some way – whether that’s further understanding a managers role, learning how to build and develop client relationships or even just building a wider knowledge of building techniques.

If I had to pick a particular project/contract, it would be when I was promoted to a project manager on the Affinity Sutton contract when I was at Mears Ltd. This was really unexpected, and it pushed me to work differently. I found myself managing people that I had once worked for as an assistant. That was quite a difficult step but one that pushed me in my career.

Do you have any advice for anyone considering a move into management within the construction industry, or thinking of starting altogether?

I would always say to someone considering the construction industry as a career option, that there are far more roles than you expect. It’s one that has many opportunities, so invest the time to understand what they are and whether or not they fit with your career ambitions.

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