Each month Hilson Moran profiles one of its staff in our news section. This month is the turn of Simon Cathrine, Project Director – Middle East.
Name: Simon Cathrine
Role: Project Director for the design and delivery of projects in the Middle East. I lead the Hilson Moran multi-disciplinary team of designer engineers and modelling team in addition to external partners.
Training: Electrical Design Engineer, Building Services Design, Project Management
Joined HM: 2016
Favourite HM Project: FIFA Secret Stadium
Loves: Skydiving, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Motorbikes, Travel, Dune Bashing, Sailing, General Fitness (although you can’t tell at the moment) All things geeky, socialising and general drinking. Being happy.
Dislikes: Being unhappy! Unreliable, inconsiderate, selfish disrespectful people. Sprouts!
Since moving to the UAE, my wife and I have been adopted by 5 cats. We also feed and care for a colony of strays, so my day usually begins anytime from 3am, when they demand to be fed or to play or both. Of late I have spent much of my time working away from home in Qatar, so I do occasionally get some respite!
When possible, before work I will either run, cycle or gym in an attempt to train for a triathlon…but we won’t talk about that right now! I feel much more productive if I get a chance to train before work.
A typical day is an early start in the office: The 1 or 2 hours before everyone else arrives is the most productive. I take this opportunity to set out the day and week ahead. My current projects are very demanding in terms of deliverables and timescales, so the biggest challenge is keeping everyone involved up to date with latest developments and key milestones.