February 22, 2022

An Interview with Tom Spilsted

An Interview with Tom Spilsted - Construo

Tell us a little bit about the history of your organisation.

We started Construo to find a means of putting something back into an industry that we had enjoyed and ensure that practical experience wasn’t lost.

How does your organisation help the construction industry?

We are a knowledge sharing and networking platform that is free to the user for lessons learnt, practical knowledge and experience sharing.

How does your role within the organisation help the industry?

As founder of a tech start up, we can shape our platform quickly to reflect user feedback and suggestions. I can ensure collaboration in the industry remains one of our core goals.

What are the most positive things about working in your organisation?

Every day in a tech start up is a new learning experience, meeting and engaging with users and potential investors and partnering companies is brilliant.

Tell us about your first day at your organisation.

My first day was the initial discussions with what became our incubator partner where we kicked off the potential for such a site and planned how we might approach it.

How did you get into the construction industry?

I had always been interested in putting things together such as models and enjoyed maths at school. I researched potential training and courses for different professions and thought construction was varied and creating something positive. My training in what was a Polytechnic was really industry focused and 43 years later I still enjoy construction and love how every day is different and presents new challenges and experiences.

What has the industry taught you?

The importance of relationships with people to create a team that pulls together to a common objective. No problem is beyond a solution.

Did you have a mentor? What did you learn?

I didn’t have a formal mentor, yet over the years I have had several line managers and peers who I realise now were brilliant in helping me grow in knowledge and management skills.

What three things would you tell your younger self?

Listen more, learn to lead, a problem shared is a problem on its way to a solution.

What can you see for the future of the building industry?

Much greater off site manufacture and use of standardised components. Sharing of lessons learnt – both positive and negative. A rapid uptake in technology and greener materials.

Tom Spilsted
Construo

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