Commercial Director, Lyndon Barton talks about his journey at GEL
He shares some insights, highlights and challenges and even reveals his most memorable (professional) facepalm moment...
Lyndon, before working at GEL, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked for the Sultan of Brunei undertaking a geophysical survey of a deepwater well for a golf course they were building in the jungle.
What is your role at GEL?
I have held numerous roles at GEL but I’m currently the Commercial Director with an overall brief to get the work in.
When did you start working at GEL?
I am in my sixteenth year.
How did you first learn about GEL?
I had come across them whilst working on an adjacent site for a competitor.
What does a typical day look like for you and what are you currently working on?
A typical day would invariably involve assisting the estimating team in the preparation of our bids and tenders. I’m currently updating commercial awareness training for our operational staff.
What’s your most memorable facepalm moment?
Realising I’d forgotten to put film in an SLR camera having completed a days hand pitting on a church foundation project. I returned the next day following a night of snowfall and not only had to clear the snow but re-excavate and reinstate the pits myself due to the embarrassment.
How do you balance your career at GEL and family?
Work-life balance can be difficult especially as I have a one hour commute each way. Luckily, GEL offers a very flexible working week where I can mix working from home with client visits.
How has GEL helped you in your career development?
I have been lucky to have had several opportunities at GEL in an operational, technical and commercial capacity. The company has always been progressive in allowing individuals to gain experience in many areas of the business.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within GEL, whose job would you want and why?
When the weather is great I still miss working on site but otherwise, I’ll stick with my current role.
What advice do you have for prospective GEL candidates?
Attitude is everything so pick a good one.
What are 3 words to describe GEL?
Family, independent and people
What do you find the most challenging at GEL?
The difficulties associated with some of our clients who can often focus on price instead of value. Buy cheap, buy twice.
What do you like most about GEL?
I enjoy the variety in my current role which involves bidding work across a range of industry sectors. I also enjoy helping and mentoring colleagues as they progress through the company.
What drew you to GEL originally? And how has GEL changed since?
I joined when the company was significantly smaller in size. Its independence and lack of corporate structure was a draw. Although its grown extensively over the years many of its core values remain.
What has been your favourite project at GEL?
I enjoyed returning to the field to supervise the Hereford old market development investigation. It was great to get back into the field on a multi rig project.
What have you gained from working at GEL?
I’ve gained several close friends over my time at GEL and experienced the varied geological setting that only the UK has to offer.
What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with GEL?
I’m still working on opening our branch office in the Bahamas.
What is the favourite part about working for GEL?
I still get an invite to the pub!
What is your proudest moment at GEL?
It makes me proud when former colleagues return as the grass isn’t always greener!