Each year, Clough celebrates the outstanding contributions of its long-serving team members, and this year we have several celebrating major milestones. Read their stories below.
Congratulations to Ian Armstrong on 40 Years with Clough!
“I was lucky enough to receive a Clough Scholarship in my final year of Civil Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 1980. At the time I was just pleased to get some money and the offer of employment which took the pressure off during final exams. I wasn’t to realise the remarkable journey this was starting me on (and which I’m still on 40 years later). I feel somewhat like the Stephen Bradbury of Clough (younger people should google him).
I never commenced with Clough assuming I would stay this long but, as with many things in life, it just sort of crept up on me! However, I have always found my work interesting and, whenever I felt like things were getting a little stale, I would be jetted off to some exotic place or given some fantastic job to do. I have always found the people I have worked with to be very supportive and professional.
I have been fortunate to see Clough grow from a small local construction company when the entire staff phone list could fit on an A4 sheet of paper to the successful, highly respected multi-national it is today employing thousands of people around the world. Throughout the years I have worked all around Australia and in exotic (and some not so exotic) locations overseas. I have worked with amazing people from both within Australia and, through our many joint ventures, from overseas.
One of my career highlights was when I was first sent away from Perth to work over East on the Port Botany LPG Tanks. I was told it would be a short term 6-month assignment and ended coming back 10 years later, married with 3 children!
I also enjoyed being Project (& Country) Manager in Vanuatu for a couple of years. I was the classic big fish in a little pond but it was a lot of fun.
In addition some of the larger projects in WA have also been highlights (Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel, Roe Highway Stage 7, Kalgoorlie Reservoir Project, Woodman Point WWTP)
The most interesting change over the years has been the sheer scale of projects undertaken. When I started, anything over a million was ok, and over $20 million was massive. The Project Manager would need to multi-task and perform many roles (management, project controls, quality control, procurement and project engineering). Of course we never really knew if we made any money until about 6 months after the job was finished and the last bill had been paid.
The other change that has been interesting is the increasing use of joint ventures which I feel has been the making of Clough. The ability to tap into the experience and expertise of other large companies has been invaluable. I was lucky enough to spend several years working more or less full time with the BAM Clough Joint Venture and found the Dutch to be very friendly with a particularly wry sense of humour (as well as being very good at their job).
Clough has always treated me very well, and from talking to friends who have moved on, I know they are thought of very well in the profession and things aren’t always greener on the other side of the fence.”