Steve Pugh, 25, is assistant land manager at Allison Homes. He gained a 2.1 in planning and residential development at Nottingham Trent University in June 2005.
When Steve was at school, a man who trained his dog happened to be a small-scale house builder. "When I left school, he offered me part-time and summer work in labouring and assistant site-managing work on some of his construction sites in-between my studies at college and university," he recalls. "I enjoyed it – particularly the negotiation and business side – and decided to do a degree in it."
As part of the degree, Steve undertook a placement with the Kier Group, which owns Allison Homes, and they offered him a job upon graduation.
Today, Steve’s role involves identifying, seeking and acquiring new development opportunities. This includes monitoring the housing market and identifying the development activities currently being carried out or proposed by competitor developers on a piece of land.
"What I really enjoy is getting to liaise with all the departments within our company, as well as meeting and learning from our external consultants, such as planning consultants, architects, solicitors, land agents and land owners."
Steve adds that he also likes the fact that much of the work is complex and therefore challenging. "For example, within the investigation process of acquiring new sites, I get to appraise the process, which varies from house prices to build costs to land values."
Steve believes any successful land manager needs to be able to look at the bigger picture, as well as be good at speaking to all kinds of different people. His next step is to advance into a land manager’s role and then land director.