Taylor, 39, is director of sineQN

What has been the hardest challenge you have faced to get to where you are now?

Setting up sineQN Project Management with my business partner in 2007 just as the downturn began. We had to quickly establish why our offering was different and how we could build it into a reputable brand, which we have successfully done.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

We intend to be a global firm.

Where do you see the construction industry going in the next year, three years and decade?

Next year: same as this year for consulting, but tougher for main contractors as the new projects being initiated now will not be feeding through by then.

Three years: consulting should be a little busier although it is difficult to see where the growth is going to come from other than specialist areas of infrastructure and energy.

Ten years: who knows! My guess is that we will probably be in the early stages of a boom as typically there is a 15 year cycle and it will take 10 years to get anywhere near a boom again.

What has been your career high point so far?

Starting sineQN and building it up to where we are today. I feel proud to represent the sineQN approach which is fresh and challenges tradition; and to see our people do the same on a daily basis.

And the low point?

I haven’t really had any low points - just many learning experiences. We have to move on quickly to the next challenge and take full cognisance of lessons learnt.

Who is your hero?

Richard Branson - His success is testament to the importance of spotting opportunities, building an exceptionally strong brand and bringing your people along on the journey as the business develops.

If you could take one thing with you to a desert island, what would it be?

A Bear Grylls knife as it always seems to get him through his expeditions! If it’s all sand, it would have to be a bucket and spade!