We recently learnt that OKS 2014 Matthew Groome had won the Civil Engineering Contractor’s Association North West award for ‘Young Professional of the Year!’
After leaving King’s, Matthew studied Quantity Surveying & Construction Commercial Management at Nottingham Trent. Two years were full time at the University, followed by a sponsored placement at Laing O’Rourke, where he worked his way up to a qualified Quantity Surveyor and was involved with million-pound projects such as the re-development of Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport. Whilst at Laing O’Rourke, Matthew was a finalist for the ‘Undergrad of the Year’ award.
In January 2020, Matthew moved to COLAS and is now a Senior Quantity Surveyor within the civil engineering sector, working on £12 million worth of road works across the North West. Matthew’s award nomination was submitted by the COLAS management and governing bodies, who stated that he had “immediately made an impact on our business, embracing and demonstrating our brand values ‘Caring, Sharing and Daring.’ This has been recognised by his leadership team, who are keen for his achievements to be recognised internally and externally.” He is also a Mental Health Ambassador for the company and regularly raises money for MIND – a charity close to his heart.
We asked Matthew what advice would he give to someone hoping to work in the industry, he believes that if you have an idea of what you want to do, take any opportunity you can – try and source any work experience to gain the skills you need to further your career.
Matthew praised King’s for the skills and opportunities he gained at school as he was able to apply these later in life. “The confidence that King’s gave me really helped throughout university and later on in my career”. Matthew was a keen rower and also praised the rowing department for the dedication they show to every pupil.
Congratulations from everyone at King’s!