Fusion Heaps More Accolades on HS2’s Talent Network

Fusion's Emma Keates (centre) with colleague Monica Seijas listening to HS2's Head of Benefits Management, Bridget Jackson

More Fusion colleagues have come forward to share their delight at being part of HS2’s Future Talent Network Career Hot Seat. The event, which took place on Snow Hill in Birmingham city centre recently, offered networking opportunities to inspire the development of future leaders.

Utilities Co-Ordinator Emma Keates, (pictured centre with HS2’s Head of Benefits Management Bridget Jackson on the left), commented:I thought the chats were a great way to meet people and get an understanding of their career paths which were actually really varied, the leaders that came in were really approachable and easy to talk to. We also got some advice on other ways of networking like online and other events to be a part of in future. Meeting leaders in this way made me feel more comfortable and I think I would find it easier to approach them for a chat in the future now.”

Stephen Sargeant, Graduate Civil Engineer, added: “I found it to be an extremely useful event, where I was provided with some invaluable advice on how to get the most out of my career. I have also been directed to various contacts that will aid me in my future career development.”

Carlos Sánchez de León, Deputy Finance Manager, was another who enjoyed the event: “It was a great opportunity to meet some of your peers, learn from their experience and networking in a relax environment.

“It was also a great opportunity to meet people who are in their earliest career stage, find out their ambitions, their experience and give them some tips from your experience. It is also a good opportunity to meet people who can make difference. I’ve learnt the importance of prioritizing, most of the time we are focus on the urgent and important staff, but the non-urgent and important staff is a key in order to be able to develop yourself properly.”

The trio’s comments joined those already put forward by Fusion colleagues who also attended what was the fourth event in the series. This time HS2 extended the invitation to Fusion and Laing Murphy – the organisations that are carrying out phase one of the enabling works on HS2 in the central and northern sections respectively.

Terl Patrick, Assistant Quantity Surveyor, said: “I thought the event was interesting, it was a good opportunity to see a side of HS2 that I wouldn’t normally get a chance to and it gave me the opportunity to have conversations with some quite senior people that I would not usually be able to.”

Monica Seijas, Assistant Project Engineer (pictured on the right), added: “I really enjoyed the event. I was nervous at first but the senior people invited made the conversation flow nicely. I believe it was helpful as we could take some advice from those who already passed through the same experience successfully.”

“I took an action to build my confidence, as it is one of my weaknesses, with some ideas from them. I will definitely recommend it to other people starting their professional careers.”

Our Assistant HERDS (Historical Environment Research Delivery Strategy) Manager Eleri Newman agreed: “I found it very useful. It was a great opportunity to network with people who have worked in a range of different sectors on lots of different projects. It was interesting to learn about the different career paths they had taken to get to where they are now. I was also provided with helpful advice and tips on how I could progress my own career. I would definitely attend an event like this again.”

Event host Sam Wilkinson, HS2’s Commercial Development Manager, concluded: “The Future Talent Network Career Hot Seat Event was the first of our series to include our supply chain, and definitely will not be our last. The added benefit of having Fusion colleagues present at the event was huge, enabling brilliant discussions about careers and encouraging some strong relationships to be built between the client and contractor that typically would not be facilitated. I look forward to hosting more events in the future. Keep an eye out for another one in the autumn!”

Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall, that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.