2011 - October 2011

Achievement through adversity nomination – 03/10/11


HBC Senior Site Manager Derek McDonald has been nominated for an award that recognises his hard work and outstanding achievements through adversity.

Despite a tough upbringing and being diagnosed with dyslexia aged 16, Derek has always worked hard to improve himself and provide for his family, staying strong through a number of difficult periods in his life.

He has worked his way through the ranks at HBC, rising from a General Operative on a Youth Training Scheme to Senior Site Manager, picking up a number of prestigious Gold Awards from the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme and winning the HBC Safety Award in 2010.

Derek is currently studying for an NVQ Level 4 in Site Management with the NHB, having previously achieved a Level 2 in Construction & Civil Engineering.

Outside of work, Derek spearheaded a fundraising campaign that raised £6000 to send a child with Batten’s Disease to Disneyworld in Florida – the disease is rare and fatal, and the family were overwhelmed by his kind efforts.

The awards ceremony is organised by the South Yorkshire Construction Training Group, and the winners will be announced on 17th November - Derek is hoping to follow in the footsteps of HBC’s Trainee Joiner Michelle Veasey, who picked up the same award last year.

“Derek is a true asset to Henry Boot Construction and we wish him every success at the awards ceremony. He has always worked hard to better himself and is a great team member and mentor.”

Tony Shaw, Eastern Regional Manager, Henry Boot Construction

For more information contact:

Steve Allen
Business Development Manager