Get to know the team: Gavin Sutherland
We spoke to Gavin Sutherland, rhi's Senior Quantity Surveyor (QS) based in Australia, to learn about the energy transition opportunities for our business, his professional development, and his advice for anyone looking to further their career.
Can you tell us more about your career with rhi?
I studied Quantity Surveying (QS) at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen before going into the construction industry. I was intrigued by with QS opportunities in the energy sector and joined rhi in 2012.
During the first five years with the company, I worked in a variety of roles including cost estimating, Cost Schedule Risk Analysis, Bill of Quantities and Schedule of Rates preparation as well as on Tengizchevroil’s (TCO) Future Growth Project in Kazakhstan working post contract as a site QS. These roles spanned multiple sectors including offshore and onshore oil & gas, marine and onshore infrastructure.
In December 2017 I left rhi for an opportunity in Sydney where I lived for four years working in the infrastructure and construction industries. As rhi began to expand the business in Australia, a role opened for a Senior Quantity Surveyor and I'm now preparing to move to Perth with the company in the next month as it continues to focus on expanding the business into the green hydrogen space here in Australia.
What excites you most about the future of rhi?
rhi is navigating its way through the global energy transition with new and existing clients and is proactively targeting clean energy projects, particularly green hydrogen opportunities here in Australia. We have also recently introduced our Carbon Column tool which has been developed internally and it’s great to work with a company and team which has ingenuity and a focus in the future of the industry.
It’s been great to integrate into the Australian team who have robust experience working on large green hydrogen projects with a variety of clients. It’s a new and exciting industry and rhi has the experience in this sector and others which means we’re best placed to support our clients on their green hydrogen journey.
It’s also exciting to see the Australian government leading the charge and committing to support clean hydrogen and investing heavily in building the hydrogen economy for a cleaner future.
Are there any key learnings from your experience you would like to share?
From my experience, there are a multitude of trajectories your career as a QS can take you on. If you’re looking for variety in what you do, don’t be afraid to take those roles which might not typically be associated with traditional QS, particularly across different sectors. I’ve been fortunate to have that variety within rhi and that really helps with professional growth.
Just as the energy sector is doing now, embrace change.
Any advice you have for someone who is looking to further their career?
Don't shy away from opportunities or be afraid to adapt - growth only comes when you take yourself outside of your comfort zone. We are fortunate at rhi as it’s a great team and there’s always someone willing to offer support and guidance also, we are supported in learning new things and adapting.