Finalist Spotlight: Martin Coull, Glulam Solutions
Starting his career as an Apprentice Joiner, Martin Coull from Glulam Solutions is now a Project Manager delivering projects valued at up to £2m. It’s no wonder that he’s up for Young Construction Professional of the Year at this year’s Trades Awards.
Congratulations on your shortlisting, Martin! You must be excited to be a finalist for Young Construction Professional of the Year?
“To win this award would be a fantastic achievement. To put it simply, it would make all of this worth it. There are many days in this difficult and demanding industry where you wonder to yourself if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, or if you’re mentally strong enough to get through. Especially when many people see you as younger and inexperienced. Winning this award would prove that I can hold my own and that I do belong at this level in this industry. It would certainly push me on, hungry for further success.”
And you’ve already seen a lot of success in your first few years at Glulam?
“Definitely! I count myself privileged to have experienced many career highlights over the years. Personally delivering projects ranging from £20,000 – £2,000,000 is certainly an achievement for myself given my perceived lack of experience at that level. Travelling all over the UK – Brighton to Inverness – working with some of the top main contractors in the country, on specialist projects, has been a highlight for myself. From attending college & gaining my HNC in Construction to being named as a finalist in this year’s Trades Awards, I’m very fortunate to have had so many career highlights, and I’m only getting started.”
So what was it that drew you to a career in construction?
“Construction has always been in my family and as far back as I can remember, I’ve always had some form of construction tool in my hand. My father is a joiner and has his own construction firm so I spent many school holidays and weekends from a very young age either being in his yard or out on jobs as an “apprentice”. I’d then come straight home and be “building things” in the shed. Admittedly – at 12/13 years old, no real masterpieces were formed!! I went on to become a time-served joiner myself, followed by gaining my advanced craft and HNC in construction before taking my first steps into management. I was surrounded by successful people within the construction industry and wanted to prove to myself that I too could become one of those people. The opportunities really are endless if you stay driven and motivated to succeed.”