Colin Glen

Colin Glen

Consultant project manager

Country United Kingdom

Specialisms Construction, project management, structural

Career highlights

My working day

A day in my life consists of managing various projects of different sizes, but all with their own complications which require some degree of problem solving.

It’s problem solving that I enjoy, along with working in collaboration with other professionals to come to a solution.

I often also find working with contractors and sub-contractors provides various complexities when constructing a project, which requires a technical capacity and the ability to manage personalities.

My career inspiration

The story of the 10th ICE President George Parker Bidder (1806-1878), known as the calculating boy. He came from a poor background but was talented.


I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also a project manager.

Colin Glen

Consultant project manager

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

That there are many types of civil engineer and specialising in a particular field is necessary.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

That you need to be exceptionally great at maths.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

It makes a difference to individuals and communities in providing everyday facilities within the built environment, as well as providing job satisfaction.

The project, past or present, I wish I'd worked on

The BT telecom tower.

What gets me out of bed every morning?

Solving problems.

The personal difficulties civil engineering has helped me overcome

It has created a discipline to work and complete tasks, through personal loss of my mother, it allowed me to focus and keep reaching for my goals.


I studied civil engineering as BSc, went on to do a postgraduate in construction management, started working for a main contractor as a setting out and surveying engineer, then went on to become a section engineer, and project engineer.

I then became professionally qualified with incorporated status, and continued as a senior engineer. Now working as a consultant on construction projects, providing both engineering and project management expertise.

Personal causes

I enjoy working on affordable housing and community projects.


Main image courtesy of Ian Wright.

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