Catherine Blain





“I thoroughly enjoy dealing with all the various stakeholders – I love being in the thick of it.”

“One of the Practice’s strengths is its experience in so many client sectors, and I’ve cut my teeth in most of them, including Commercial & Industrial, Education, Mixed-use, Healthcare and Residential.

Ultimately, everyone finds a focus, and, from 2015, I began to give my closest attention to our Royal Mail projects. I led the group’s national ‘Customer Driven Improvements’ programme, overseeing the delivery of 50+ schemes across the UK. As well as principal designer, I’ve taken on a project management role, which, being a good problem solver and communicator (in both English and French), I’ve found I’m really cut out for. It involves managing stakeholders, consultants and contractors; controlling design standards, procedures and H&S targets; and producing financial forecasts and reports.

Health and Safety is another fundamental part of our industry, and it’s an increasingly complex topic. Supporting our dedicated H&S Manager, I’ve taken a leading role in managing this issue within our office. I’ve helped to orchestrate our transition to CDM 2015 regulations, which meant completely overhauling of our H&S systems, organising training and carrying out the audits.”