Richard Angell is a Senior Associate in our Building Surveying team. He’s a Registered Building Surveyor, a Licensed Asbestos Assessor, Certified Weathertightness Surveyor and Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) Assessor.
In October 2018, he became our first staff member to celebrate 10 years working at Maynard Marks, having joined a few months after the company was established. Here are his reflections on the last 10 years and his insights into Maynard Marks as a workplace.
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary…that’s quite a milestone.
What is your key highlight from your time at Maynard Marks so far?
“It’s hard to pick one highlight, but I really enjoyed our 10-year function. It was impressive to see the number of clients we work with and their calibre. We’ve grown from a small practice to advising some of the largest organisations in New Zealand.”
What attracted you to the company in the first place?
“I worked with Stuart Wilson at another company, and built a good rapport with him. When he and Simon set up Maynard Marks and were looking for their first staff member, I decided to apply.”
How’s Maynard Marks changed over the past decade?
“We used to focus predominantly on small leaky buildings. Now we’ve grown into a multi-disciplinary practice with diverse workstreams and over 80 staff. Our staff come from all walks of life. It’s great to work with people from different backgrounds with a variety of skillsets.”
How’s your role changed over the time you’ve worked here?
“My role’s changed hugely. I used to focus on leaky buildings whereas now I’m involved in all facets of building surveying. I also obtained asbestos-related qualifications and became a Licensed Asbestos Assessor a few years ago so now get involved in asbestos consulting work too.
“I’ve grown my skillset and now mentor younger staff, which I really enjoy.”
What else do you enjoy about MM and the work environment?
“There’s a good balance of professional and relaxed. The four directors all have their own skill-sets and work well together.
“I feel lucky to work in a friendly, supportive, collaborative and relatively young team. I also enjoy the social events we hold throughout the year.”
What work related achievement are you most proud of and why?
“I can’t pinpoint one achievement but the thing I’m most proud of is getting both referrals and repeat work from existing clients because it means we must be doing something right.
“Many of the projects I work on can run for several years. I’ve seen lots of clients uncover problems with their buildings, make legal claims, fix these and then move on with their lives. It’s rewarding to see them resolve their issues and to know that I’ve helped them.”
What advice would you give to someone considering working at Maynard Marks?
“Maynard Marks is a very good company to work for. If you put in the effort, you’ll be rewarded.
“The company does invest in training, promotes career development and offers flexible work hours, which I value.”
Any tips for clients on how to get the best from a building surveyor?
“Provide us with as much information as possible rather than just what you think we’ll need. As surveyors, we’re good at sorting out what’s relevant and identifying gaps. It’s far more economical for us to have too much information than to have to come back to you to request information that’s missing.”
Any final words?
“The last 10 years have flown by. In some respects I look back and think we’ve achieved so much, yet it still doesn’t seem that long ago that I joined Maynard Marks.”