Simon Smith

Background

Simon boasts nearly 30 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry with specific emphasis on the utilities and rail sectors.
He joined Falco as Senior Contracts Manager in November 2019 having spent 4 years as in a similar role for Dyer & Butler delivering rail, energy and building contracts, notably the £6.5m IEP North Cotswolds Platform Extensions programme.

After graduating with a BEng in Civil Engineering from Greenwich University (ne Thames Polytechnic) in 1998 he started his career at Costain’s civils’ division working his way up to Contracts Manager during ten years at the company before joining Subterra a subsidiary of Thames Water where he was responsible for managing a team of 6 Project Managers delivering various schemes capital projects on the Network North Alliance.

In 2004 Simon enter the rail sector working for Enterprise Rail delivering projects for London Underground’s maintenance framework. As Project Director he managed over 250 direct/indirect staff and he was responsible for full project lifecyles from tendering to planning, operational delivery and close-out. A three-year spell at J Murphy where he was involved in delivering power and construction civils projects broadened his experience before he left in 2015 to join Dyer & Butler as Senior Contracts Manager.

During his time at Falco Simon has successfully delivered over 130 Flip installations for Thames Water with a value in excess of £4m.

Responsibilities

As Frameworks Manager Simon is responsible for overseeing the delivery and performance of major framework contracts secured by Falco for Thames Water and UKPN. He is the main top-level contact with the client and will attend mobilisation, progress and other meetings. He reports directly to the Board.

Simon retains a hands-on presence by carrying out to site inspections and audits and liaising with operations team regularly to assist with planning and client/stakeholder relations. Simon also estimates and produces programme resources for all major projects for Falco.

Credentials / Accreditations

  • BEng Civil Engineering
  • ILM Level 5 NVQ in Management (6 modules)
  • Level 3 NVQ (A1 Competency Assessor)
  • Thames Water Passport
  • NEBOSH (General and Construction) – Distinction attained
  • BIM Fundamentals
  • CSCS (Black Card)
  • Temporary Works Co-Ordinator
  • IOSH – Managing Safely
  • Confined Spaces – Management & Supervision of Work

Client Testimonial

Falco discharged their duties with great care and professionalism. Their multi-disciplined team seamlessly accommodated fluctuations in programme and unexpected challenges that occurred during the Counters Creek project.

Kevin Parcell, Contract Director, Morrison Utilities Services

We have been very impressed with the way Falco micro-managed a challenging programme of FLIPs installations in the Borough to minimise the disruption to the residents involved.

Lee Currie, Environmental Dept, Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Falco undertake works in a very professional manner delivering to the required quality and met the time and cost deliverables with an excellent safety culture throughout.

Mick Walsh, Construction Project Manager, Tideway Central

It is a great advantage for us to have a subcontractor with expertise in both power and water disciplines.

Mick Walsh, Construction Project Manager, Tideway Central

Falco’s team worked with ourselves and other third parties such as Drax in a very professional and competent manner to get work completed to Thames Water requirements.

Abi Elmhori, Project Manager, Agility Alliance KCD

We were very impressed with Falco’s delivery of one of the more challenging cable installation projects we have commissioned. I would not hesitate to use them again.

Shaun Rulton, Senior Project Manager, Dunamis

Falco’s performance in delivering challenging projects within a tight timescale is outstanding. Their range skills and capabilities combined with an ability to overcome obstacles and devise innovative solutions are keys to its success. Their team’s ability to seamlessly manage a number of different stakeholders and interfaces to get-the-job-done is also extremely impressive.

Tony Harrage, Technical Coordinator FLIPS Team, Thames Water

Falco have provided an excellent service to Galliford Try. Our teams have worked well together to deliver on-programme and meet the needs of our client, stakeholders and Thames Water customers. Customer service has been excellent resulting in a number of written commendations from customers.

Andy Wolfe, Senior Project Manager, MGjv

We are so pleased with the new Pumping Station installation (FLIP) in Putney. What was a complex and difficult task involving planning issues, significant spoil removal and excavation in a confined space was swiftly completed by the team at Falco.

Carl Leadbeater, Head of Waste Networks, Thames Water

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