The early years: electrical engineer to quantity surveyor
Sid started his working life serving an indentured apprenticeship with SeeBoard. During his apprenticeship, he studied and qualified as an electrical engineer, with specialism in electrical transmission. In this role, he worked on industrial, domestic and commercial projects. Nevertheless, he was always interested in buildings and this led to a year of full-time study after which he became a member of the Institute of Clerk of Works of Great Britain (ICWGB) in 1976.
Sid served as a Clerk of Works on numerous projects, including the building of a housing estate and other large scale developments. However, his electrical background eventually led him to pursue electrical quantity surveying.
The Lewes years: grants surveyor
After three years as an electrical quantity surveyor, Sid was offered a post with Lewes District Council as a grants surveyor. He held this post for 24 years, with the latter years working primarily on disabled adaptations. At Lewes District Council, Sid was responsible for liaising with contractors, inspecting works, signing off works as complete and certifying payments of grants.
Back to Brighton: disabled adaptations specialist
Sid took early retirement from Lewes District Council in order to return to Brighton, the town of his birth. Grumitt Wade Mason welcomed Sid into their team as a surveyor, where he works mainly on disabled adaptations from design through to completion. In this position, Sid is responsible for liaising with the client and departments at the local authority. Now he is on the other side, he often has to argue his client’s case to other grants officers; his previous experience makes him the ideal person for this role.
Sid is now more directly involved with contractors as they are working on his design and it is his responsibility to ensure that works are completed to a good standard. Sid enjoys his work and is a skilled communicator, important in the role he plays. His greatest satisfaction is knowing that he is improving the quality of other people’s lives.
In his spare time, Sid likes to spend time with his family, which now includes seven grandchildren and one great grandchild! He enjoys walking, gardening, DIY and going to the theatre. He is also an avid supporter of the Seagulls and remembers the days when they were in the third division south.
- Read Sid’s article: 5 Steps To Apply For A Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG)
- Meet the other members of the Grumitt Wade Mason team