The group’s general counsel enjoys a job that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. It’s just a shame about the view from her office window…

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Helen Mason

Why did you choose construction as a career?

It chose me. It was the second seat in my training contract and I realised that it had all the best bits of law while making a tangible contribution to our built environment. I stayed in the department until I qualified and the rest, as they say, is history.

What are you most proud of in your career to date?

Being appointed as general counsel to Morgan Sindall Group plc in 2014.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career to date?

Making sure that others feel better as a result of my presence, and that my impact lasts in my absence.

If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?

That the perception of the “sucking air through teeth” builder be replaced with an understanding of just what a team of consummate professionals it takes to successfully complete a project.

What is the most helpful advice that you have been given?

Be yourself, tell the truth.

LR Le Seu cathedral, Palma

Favourite building: The cathedral of Santa-Maria, more usually known as La Seu in Palma, Majorca

Name your favourite building in the world?

La Seu Cathedral in Palma, Majorca

LR BT Tower

Not a fan: The BT Tower in Fitzrovia

Which famous building do you most dislike?

In all honesty I am not a fan of the BT Tower, which is a shame because I can see it clearly from my desk and look at it every day…

Which famous building do you wish you had worked on?

The Lloyd’s of London building in the City.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in your profession?

Never underestimate the willingness of another human being to help you if you ask.

John Morgan, CEO, Morgan Sindall Group

Most admired: John Morgan, CEO of Morgan Sindall Group

Who do you most admire in the construction industry?

John Morgan

What is it like being you (and doing your job)?

The varied nature of the role is what makes it challenging and rewarding in equal measure. There is nowhere I would rather work or a group of people I would rather work with.

Do you have a life philosophy?

People will forget what you said and they will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

What do you think your best quality is?


What trait do you most dislike in yourself?


And in other people?


Name three things that you like.

Handbags, champagne and motorbikes (the last two being mutually exclusive, of course).

LR Triumph Street Triple

Motorbike rider: A Triumph Street Triple

Tell us about a secret skill that we don’t know you have.

I ride motorbikes. Currently a Triumph Street Triple RS and a Honda CB650R.

What is your most prized possession?

My relationships and connections with people.

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird.

What is your favourite food?

Dressed crab.

What would your superpower be?