James McKnight

I have been involved in the construction industry since the age of 13 when I began working part-time in a joiner’s workshop. Since then I have gained a GNVQ Level 3 in Shopfitting, a HNC in Building Studies and a BSc (Hons) in Quantity Surveying.

I am also passionate about technology, gadgets, computers, photography, golf and mountain biking.  I like to keep up-to-date with technological developments (much to my wife’s annoyance!) and I like to keep abreast with the latest tech news.

In my spart time, I enjoy spending time with my wife Lidija, our son, Toby, and daughter, Amy.   As a family, we like to spend time traveling both within the UK and overseas and we spend frequent weekends in our caravan.

I enjoy charity fundraising including Macmillan Cancer Support and Help 4 Heroes. Since 2008 I have taken part in the MAC 4x4 challenge for Macmillan that has raised over £500k over the past 10 years. I competed in the inaugural H4H European Rally in 2010 and was subsequently asked to join the support crew for the 2011 rally. After only two events the fundraising total stands in excess of £250k. I have been asked to continue with my support role for the 2012 event.

During my working life, I have developed numerous skills and built upon these to continually develop myself and carry out my work to the best possible ability. I am an excellent team player whether I am working with the apprentice on site or the client’s high-level management. I have outstanding interpersonal skills and I communicate effectively with others, thriving under pressure and resolving issues as they arise to diffuse potential confrontation. I have working knowledge of the JCT Forms of Contract from minor works, with and without quantities, to contractor’s design.

I enjoy the construction industry and I gain immense satisfaction from seeing a job done well and completed within time and budget. I have a natural aptitude for business, a desire for personal development and a hunger to succeed in everything I set out to do. I have a good sense of humour, a fun-loving personality and I am easy to work with. I have gained many good friends and acquaintances from every aspect of my life.