The Big Interview: Engineered to last


Trevor Collett is the technical director for highways at Mouchel Infrastructure Services and after being senior vice president of the Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG), is next in line for the presidency this month. After 30 years experience in highways, he talks to Dominic Browne about his hopes and concerns for the sector.

As far as engineers are concerned, there is something very typical about Trevor Collett (56). As he says himself, ‘like most engineers and technical officers, I am not doing this just for a nine-to-five job, it’s a career, its something we are passionate about’.

This is one of the main reasons he is up for the presidency of TAG this month: ‘I wanted to show I am not just doing this for my monthly salary and I am happy to talk about it and help people.’

Even in conversation his mind appears to work like an engineer in a tool shed, turning issues over to find weak spots before taking them apart and putting them back together again.

When talking about highways, with his decades of experience in both private and public sector roles, he often has to stop himself from delving too greatly into sidetracking detail. Like some conversational Magician’s Broom, every point he makes seems to split off into two more.

There is even a genuine gleam in his eye when talking about highways ‘shouldering’.

On the other hand, as far as his sector goes there is something unique about this man.

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