Sleepless in South Norwood

I didn’t expect the former Lady Mayoress of Blackburn, a declared authority on “giant radishes and chrysanthemums” and a qualified cricket umpire, would have much in common with a Croydon-based construction manager who also happens to be Sierra Leone’s answer to Kevin McCloud. And yet, when I interviewed them both for a “Meet the Members” special in the CIOB’s Construction Manager magazine, the conversation was eerily similar. Both have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, both pack more into a 24-hour period than I’d think was practical in a week, and both wonder how they’re possibly going to get everything done while happily taking on even more. I have a feeling they’d get on like a house on fire if they ever met, but I can’t imagine either would have the time.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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