Claire Curran

I’m the MD. I’m 38 and the only female MD of a sole M and E business in the UK. We have over 100 engineers (HVAC -combustion, f gas, electrical and fabric)

I manage the entire business completing both maintenance activities and projects.

We are 26 years old operate in the commercial sector supplying services to Amazon, Whitbread, Whetherspoons, RPC, Sucdens to mention just a handful of our 500 strong client base)

I have grown the business by 50% in just 2 years.

I also, with my superwoman pants on look after 3 children (Zeph 2, Jorgie 5 and Milan 14) with my husband of 10 years. I am originally from Stoke on Trent but now reside in Kent.

I am the first female non exec board member of BESA. Where I help to promote the engineering industry. Getting involved in curriculum for apprentices and the development of SFG20.

I have worked in facilities and hard service engineering since the age of 19. I started my working life at GSH, one of the then leading UK providers of commercial engineering services in the UK, I moved to SES (now Wates) and then Thames engineering (purchased by Rentokil Initial now Integral) I was a solution manager helping to provide clients with bespoke service solutions to overcome their building challenges. Sort of like a QS in construction terms.

I won FM excellence in a major project with BIFM (now IWFM) in 2010 having transitioned from build to operation the HO of Johnson & Johnson medical in the UK.

My first director role was for ISS looking after professional service contracts (Stanley Morgan, A&O, Deutsche bank) at 30.

I then moved to Kier where I operated a large business unit of key account across all FM services including engineering circa £150m, I was shortlisted for leader of the year in the construction awards.

I have a NEBOSH General cert and a welding qualification (i’ve never used it) I also have a HND and MBA. So I am a business women in STEM not a grass roots engineer.

I am very technically knowledgeable but the majority of my craft has been learnt from the grass roots of operating buildings and pricing large corporate contracts – my largest win being leading the UK component of Barclays at £153m.

Therefore my knowledge comes from actually operating and “hanging about plant rooms for too long“ fixing building issues for prestigious clients.

I am extremely passionate about the industry, which has been so very good to me, the built environment and the impact the way we service our buildings has on our general quality of life. Buildings are pretty cool too!

I would love to utilize this accolade to further promote how much our sector rocks and be a positive role model for how exciting it is to work in our field and what you can achieve! It would also be great to shout out to some of the people who have supported me fearlessly along the way.