Five minutes with Bill Warbey

As BPE’s operations director Bill Warbey is responsible for ensuring we manage and deliver projects that exceed our clients’ expectations. Here, in the latest in our ‘five minutes with’ feature, we get to know him a little better.

Q: What do you do at BPE?

A: I facilitate delivery of BPE’s output. Helping BPE’s team to give of their best and sponsoring and/or managing projects.

Q: What kind of clients do you work with?

A: Clients from all sectors of industry but mainly from the life sciences sector – the common link is that they need help to deliver their vision and hopefully that is where we help.

Q: Sandwich at your desk or out to lunch?

A: Sandwich at desk – although I do try to ensure that I have a change of pace for a period – which sometimes extends to exercise but very rarely.

Q: What do you think you’d be doing as a job today if you didn’t go into this industry? A: If I couldn’t be a footballer, which was never on the cards, perhaps a teacher.

Q: Who has inspired you in life?

A: My father and his work ethic but my children continue to inspire me to be the best that I can be.

Q: Do you think there is enough talent coming into the industry and if not what can be done to encourage young people to consider careers in process engineering?

A: Process engineering can offer a wonderfully diverse career, however we need to ensure that engineers are recognised as professionals and valued as such. Also that people see a route of progression as a technical expert, not just managerial.

Q: What projects are you working on at the moment and what makes them interesting to work on?

A: Working on a primary API facility design which is challenging and interesting due to the ways of working and trying to integrate a much wider project team base than is usual.

Q: How has technology changed the way you work over the years?

A: Technology has changed how we access information and in particular communicate with each other – with all the electronic communication channels the temptation is not to actually speak with people – which is something that we should work hard at ensuring that we still retain the personal touch

Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge for manufacturers today?

A: Being able to compete with the low wage based economies – but with Brexit who really knows which challenges we may need to respond to. We must however lead the way in innovation particularly with respect to responsibility towards society.