UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT… WITH GREGG DAWSON

14th May 2019

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Get to know Gregg Dawson, Facilities Manager at Anabas, as he goes under the spotlight…

What is your current role at Anabas, and how long have you worked here?

I have worked at Anabas for approximately a year and a half as a Facilities Manager.

Why did you choose a career in FM?

I started in FM as a maintenance engineer and, over time, the more I started to learn and understand about this profession, the more I was attracted to the dynamic and day-to-day variety of this industry. Facilities management is a wide-ranging industry that is always in demand, so 15 years later here I am still learning and still finding FM to be rewarding and challenging at the same time.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the FM industry?

There is a lot more to FM than people think. You can learn something from everyone you work with. Never take anything personally, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and most of all enjoy what you do.

What challenges do you foresee for the industry in the coming year?

Cost control and managing people’s expectation are an on-going challenge in FM.

Who in your career has inspired you?

On a personal note, my parents. Two hardworking people who enjoy life. Professionally, an old manager of mine taught me that manners, politeness and maintaining your own standards cost nothing.

If you were not a Facilities Manager, what would you be?

I have an electrical background so I’d like to think I would be putting that to good use. Away from anything FM related and any sporting fantasy, I have developed an interest in psychology and I am looking into learning more about it in my spare time.

What are your hobbies/interests away from the office?

I’m slightly addicted to sport. Mostly football, cricket, and golf. I also have an annoying interest in politics and considering the state of affairs at the minute I wish I didn’t.

If you could have dinner with any three people from any time, fictional or non-fictional, who would they be and why?

George Best (the late 60’s version), William Shakespeare for balance and intellect, and the Eagles for entertainment. What a night out that would be!

Which country would you most like to visit and why?

Any Greek island… Nice people, nice scenery and nice food.

What is your favourite book?

Michael Calvin – Living on the Volcano: The secrets of surviving as a football manager. Insightful and very funny.

What is your proudest moment?

Whilst working as the FM at Chessington World of Adventures, I was given 6 weeks to manage the build of a Christmas Winter Wonderland.  We had to build 8 grottos, plant 250 Christmas trees, and lay new pathways and manage all the associated operational and safety needs. It was an example of what collaborative and cross-team working should look like. We finished under floodlights at 10 pm the day before the winter wonderland opened.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Safety, quality, and quantity. Do the job safely so that we all go home in one piece. Take the time to do the job right the first time. If you master safety and quality, the quantity will follow.

Secondly… A manager is only as good as their team. So take the time to recruit and invest in good people.


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