Harry Thorburn joins contractor Morgan Ashurst as managing director for Scotland
How did you get into construction?
I’ve always been interested in engineering and anything technical so construction was a natural career choice for me.
What is the biggest challenge your new role presents?
We already have a strong portfolio in the education, commercial, defence and prisons sectors which we aim to grow, and we’re also keen to strengthen our presence in other sectors, such as healthcare.
Who has had the greatest influence on your professional life?
My father and my grandfather instilled in me the importance of constantly trying to improve in whatever you are doing. The training I received when I joined Wimpey was vital because it gave me the opportunity to experience so many different aspects of the industry.
What has been your greatest professional achievement?
The first time I ran a project and my first opportunity to run a business.
What was your worst day at work?
Many years ago, a colleague suffered a heart attack on site and died. When something like that happens, it reminds you that health and happiness are the most important things in life and should also be your top priorities at work.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Choose a career that you will enjoy because you are going to be involved in it for most of your life.
What’s your favourite building?
I was involved in the construction of the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, which is a favourite because of its unique shape and shell-like structure which led to it being nicknamed the Armadillo.
How do you unwind?
I enjoy walking and have taken part in a number of charity walks, including a trek through the mountains of Peru. I also enjoy watching football.
Would you recommend the construction industry to friends and family?
Definitely, if it’s something they really want to do, but I’d always encourage them to follow their own dreams.
And one from leftfield, battered Mars bar or haggis?