Q&A: Why McGowan is committed to cranes

McGowan Environmental Engineering supports our Cairngorms Cranes project, which seeks to reintroduce breeding cranes to the Cairngorms for the first time in 500 years. Sam Hesling, the company’s Environmental Contracts Manager, tells us why this project fits with McGowan's environmental principles.

Sam Hesling, Environmental Contracts Manager at McGowan Environmental Engineering.

What does McGowan Environmental Engineering do?

We’re a contracting company based in Aviemore employing around 60 people. We run civil and environmental engineering projects across Scotland, from Orkney to the Borders and from Aberdeen to the west coast.

What’s your role?

I’m employed as the contracts manager to win work, plan work, manage contracts and close them out. I work on the environmental side, which involves a wide variety of projects from creating new wetlands to peatland restoration high in the hills.

What does your average day look like?

No two days are the same. We often joke about renting out the passenger seat in one of our pick-up trucks. Any takers wouldn’t necessarily know where they’re heading at the start of the day, because very often we don’t, but we could guarantee a fantastic experience because we get to work in some pretty cool places.

"For a company with the skills and equipment to restore and expand the wetland habitats that cranes rely on, supporting their return is a bit of a no brainer!"
– Sam Hesling

What’s your favourite part of the job?

It’s a real privilege to be able to travel to beautiful places, but more than anything, it’s the opportunity to work with great people – staff and customers alike.

Why has McGowan chosen to invest in nature recovery?

We feel that our environmental work is both the now and the future, and many of our customers share our passion and principles, making for great working relationships. I’d like to think we’re ahead of the curve in investing in both nature and people, and we intend to stay ahead. It just makes good business sense.

Why support Cairngorms Cranes?

We know how difficult it can be to get ambitious projects like this off the ground and that’s when early investment can make a real difference. When we sat down with SCOTLAND: The Big Picture to explore this relationship, it just felt right. And, for a company with the skills and equipment to restore and expand the wetland habitats that cranes rely on, supporting their return is a bit of a no brainer!

Monday, June 27, 2022
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