RPS Partnership's Head of Projects and Operations nominated for award

Posted: 07/08/2020

We are delighted and proud to announce that our Head of Projects and Operations,  Andrew Neil, has been shortlisted into the finals of the British Ex Forces in Business awards. In the category of "Outstanding Achiever of the Year", Andrew has been recognised by Ex Forces in Business for his contributions to our company, RPS Partnership, over the last 3 years.

The Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s largest celebration of ex-military in second careers. It recognises the value veterans add to businesses as well as the employers that support the transition of servicemen and women.

Andrew served in the Royal Engineers of the British Army where he started off his career as a Field Sureveyor. After leaving the military, Andrew has worked in some of the most hostile environments of our time, working on and managing some very interesting projects; Pakistan, as a Project Manager for BP, responsible for all BPs mapping requirements in their concession. At the time, he had to contend with monthly bombings in Karachi and drove around in little dirty white cars to kept a low profile!

He moved on to Abu Dhabi, where he was the Project Manager for the survey of over 700km of pipeline for Bechtel. He has also worked in Yemen/Saudi Arabia mapping the border, ‘liaising’ with the Houthi hill tribes and the Russian helicopter pilots. Andrew has always worked in project management, whether that was more recently working in Liberia for BHP Billiton Liberia exploration areas or spending nearly 3 years in the deserts of Oman, responsible for the management and coordination of field survey site personnel, quality, safety, working methods and ensuring that projects were finished on time to the required standard. After spending time in West Africa and Dakar in Senegal where he set up the Survey Department for a Senegalese construction company, he decided it was time to do something new and different.

Andrew joined RPS Partnership in Nov 2017 as a temporary fix to bring rigour and process to our company. He was only meant to stay for two months and he now runs our German office!

Over the last 3 years, Andrew has helped us restructure and has reviewed and organised the way we do business. His hard work, determination and sheer grit to streamline projects has helped us focus on what we are good at. Using his project management skills, we now concentrate on what we do best; delivering training for those working overseas in tricky places.

Although his title is Projects and Operations, this belies what he actually does in our small business. Since joining us in 2017, the number of projects that we have run has doubled each year and with his rationalisation, we have become more efficient at what we do, thus saving all our time, including our clients.

He works exceedingly hard and always puts 100% into everything he does. He is not afraid to say what he thinks, at times his honesty has been the making of the business, if somewhat difficult to digest at times. He has changed the way we do business and he likes nothing more to get this teeth into a large training project, which he does with a passion and energy like nothing we have seen.

Andrew knows our business of working in hostile, remote, fragile and complex environments; with his background he is best suited to chat over what our clients need, because he has been there and done it! His background in the Royal Engineers has led him to different regions of the world, the experiences, skills and knowledge have now being transferred to help us grow our business. He is proud of his time in the military and knows that those experiences have led to where he is today.

Thank you does not seem enough to say to this former military man, who is now one of the most inspiring project managers of our time.

He is truly an Outstanding Achiever and thoroughly deserves this award. We all have our fingers crossed for him in October 2020, to be a winner of this pretigous award.

Photo:

Andrew Neil in Oman and working for RPS Partnership in Niger

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