Staff News

Our staff are our life blood, and our future and we employ the best people in accordance with our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We are lucky to have a high proportion of long serving staff, examples being Angela Jackson, who recently celebrated 20 years with Wallace Whittle and Jim Bowie who will celebrate 20 years service later this month. Congratulations Angela and Jim, and here’s to many more years!

As we grow the business in response to many new commissions, we have welcomed no fewer than fourteen new starts into the Wallace Whittle family so far this year, and we are currently developing our very own Junior Academy that will develop many new junior/apprentice/graduate staff in the coming years, ready for launch later this year.

Kiyomi Honjigawa was our first new start of 2021, and she has recently secured her Chartered Engineer status, becoming a full corporate member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as well as being promoted to Senior Engineer. Kiyomi is currently working on a range of projects including The Student Hotel and the Cadworks office developments, as well as a new office commission in Edinburgh, and our newly secured Ardrossan Community Campus. We asked another recent recruit, our Media Administrator Sumi Honjigawa, to ask her sister Kiyomi a few questions so we could get an insight into what makes Kiyomi tick.

What initially drew you to pursue a career in building services engineering?
I miserably failed at being an Architect, so quit and pursued a career in Building Services Engineering instead!

What is your favourite part about your job?
I enjoy the design aspect and coming up with solutions to design problems, including using innovative approaches to meet the challenges of Net Zero Carbon and the wellness agenda.

How long have you worked in this industry?
I graduated in June 2016… so 5 years! I have worked closely with Stephen Osborne and Jacob Bredski since graduation, and it’s exciting seeing our newly established Edinburgh office growing, and being a key part of that.

What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
I play rugby, both 15s and 7s, so currently gearing up so a Summer full of 7s and our first season since before Covid.

What skills have you found vital to your job?
Definitely communication. We always need to talk to each other, whether it’s about work or not. Communication is vital for success and for your own sanity

What advice would you offer to anyone considering a career in Environmental Building Services Consultancy?
Ask lots of questions, don’t be afraid to get stuck in, and get as much varied experience as you can.