A chat with Richard Lewis, Technical Manager at Thurra

Richard Lewis is the Technical Manager for Thurra and is responsible for the Engineer Surveyor team. This involves skills training, personal development and ensuring continuity of standards and service across all our Engineer Surveyors.

We recently caught up with him, in between site visits, to find out a little more about the man behind the role…

Q: How did you start your career?
A: Started my career in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer and spend 22 years serving on Nuclear Submarines. The variety and complexity of the work was a perfect stepping-stone for a career in engineering inspection.

Q: How long have you been involved in Engineering Inspections?
A: In some form or another approximately 20 years

Q: What was your secret to surviving lockdown?
A: Running, Netflix and Good Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Q: What are you most looking forward to as restrictions ease (or have you already done it?)
A: Meeting my son, his wife and their children who I have not seen since Easter 2019.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out in Engineering inspections?
A: This is a great career where no 2 days are the same. You have the autonomy to manage your own workload to suit you, which helps with a great work life balance. Go for it.

Q: Your biggest achievement to date (outside of anything family related)?
A: Winning the Brickwoods Field Gun Tournament in 1999.

Q: What is the best part of working for Thurra?
A: Thurra is full of very talented and professional people who go that extra mile with an aim to exceed our clients’ expectations.  

Q: What is the vision for your team at Thurra?
A: The vision and long term goal is to: Increase the competency of all the engineers, grow the entire team, inspire both young and old. In doing so be recognised as being the best in the industry.

Quick fire questions:

Q: Cruise or camping:
A: Never been on a Cruise unless you consider my time in the Navy. To be waited on hand and foot. Let’s say Cruise.

Q: Cooking or clearing up
A: Cooking.

Q: Beer or wine
A: Easy question, both.

Q: Film or TV series
A: Film.

Q: Batman or The Joker
A: Batman.

Q: Car or motorbike
A: Car.

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