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Civil Engineering Construction

Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
October 24, 2016

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Thomas Gordon McCarthy

** ********* ****


Merthyr Tydfil

CF48 1TL

Birthplace: Status:

Merthyr Tydfil






Good health




Ability to work under pressure

Excellent organizational skills

Excellent people management skills

Vastly experienced within both construction sector and civil engineering sector

Highly motivated

Strong communication skills

Excellent time management skills

Flexible and adaptable to change

Good problem solving skills

Highly innovative

Basic PC literacy

Excellent business acumen

Clean driving license holder


School Attended

Vaynor and Penderyn High School

Cefn Coed


College attended

Merthyr Tydfil College of Further Education

BP Technical College (BP Refinery – Llandarcy)


Further education vocational skills certificate

Instrument technician [pipework – including Lloyds coded welder]

Class 1 lorry license [C+E] – not currently active – medical expired

Ship’s Captain [Commercial – ocean going up to 5,000 tones]

Personal Track Safety [PTS] – Rail [July ‘16]

Construction Skills Certification Scheme [CSCS - Operator]

Site Management Safety Training Scheme [SMSTS]


Throughout my career I have continually improved on the level of performance bench-marks setting high standards initially and often exceeding those standards. This has been achieved both at positions of employment and running own business.

My career started to progress on completion of apprenticeship as an instrument pipework technician where-by I acquired a 2 year contract in the Middle East and the proceeds of this enabled me to start a small plant hire business which grew to form McCarthy Plant hire and McCarthy Contractors where in addition to the plant hire business we acquired major building contracts, household and commercial [including David Lloyd fitness Centers 3,8m, Parcel Force distribution centre (Chester £5.5m), retail park/shopping centre construction at Carmarthen and primary sub-contractor to M&W Pearce – Waferfab silicon chip clean room contract £110m] and civil engineering contracts including major town-centre pedestrianisation projects for both Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau-Gwent local authorities. At its peak we employed over 200 staff operating a comprehensive range of plant machinery across multi-contract sites whilst operating a fleet of 08 LGV’s including a low-loader – my role as company owner being to manage all site operations ensuring that both budgetary and time constraints were met. This extended to acting as a senior consultant, costing and submitting contract tenders and assisting in the maintenance of the plant.

Whilst running my own business my people management skills fully developed and enabled me to extend my business acumen, tendering for multi-million pound contracts and the business continued to grow and established a preferred provider status for many blue-chip clientele. The business reaped financial rewards whereby in the mid-eighties I fulfilled a life-long ambition and acquired an ex-military boat [essentially a 110 foot hull] and along with a naval architect designed an aluminum superstructure which was fitted by a team managed by myself at Swansea Bay. The Civil Engineering, Construction, property development and Plant hire UK business ceased trading in 1999 and “semi-retirement” was taken re-locating to Malta on the boat “Welsh Princess”.

Having a strong work ethic, retirement failed to provide stimulation so construction/property development consultancy [including the Maltese government] was undertaken. Shortly afterwards I was head-hunted into the position of “Head of Overseas Operations” by Green-Leaf Global [primarily, Jatrop

ha oil plantation - Togo] in 2009 which gave the opportunity to further develop oneself, now managing a different workforce culturally. This business stopped in 2012 due to lack of investment. However, I started my own business – “Drill Tech Togo” – where by the primary client was that of the Togolese government, contracted to bore holes in search of underground water sources utilizing own boring rig and continue to do so up to the present time. I also found time for consultancy work for major French road building Co’s in Togo.

I am looking now for a fresh challenge, whether it be UK or abroad.

Recent career appraisal

In 2009 I was head-hunted as the Head of Overseas operations by Green-Leaf for a global project in Togo. This entailed the construction of a 3000 hectare Jatropha oil plantation at Game, Togo with a two-year contract having a value in excess of £8,000,000 and with a second phase of a further 3000 hectares. This involved the total clearing of the land, the construction of ten large irrigation reservoirs with approximately 3,000,000 m3 of water storage and with large concrete storage and settling tanks concrete lined channels. There was also the construction of access roads, drainage culverts and the installation of a bio-diesel refinery plant. As the Head of Overseas operations I had ensuing full contract completion responsibility and this included responsibility for a workforce in excess of 500 employees and a procurement budget of some £2,000,000 primarily for the purchase of second hand heavy construction equipment and the import shipment of the equipment and all necessary backup associated for the Togolese company to successfully complete the project. The primary focus was to be self-sufficient and to facilitate the in-house execution of the project and not to be reliant on local contractors whose credibility was questionable and, on completion, to sell the equipment on and recover most of the company's capital equipment investment.

A further contract in the South of Togo was for the Togo government where I was excavation project manager at Lome, the capital city. This involved the construction of an attenuation reservoir of dimension 800 metres x 300 metres x 4.5 metres - a total volume in excess of 1,000,000 m3 and located partially below the water table some 2 km from the sea. This involved the excavation and removal of approximately 1,000,000m3 of sand with operations incorporating extensive ground dewatering, construction of cofferdams and the lining of the revetments. Additionally, there was the construction of a concrete open outfall channel to the sea. This was an 18 months contract which involved the utilization of specialist plant which had to be sourced and having a contract value of £42,000,000 and the employment of in excess of 200 staff, the contract funded by the Bank of Arabia.

In 2013 I set up my own business in Togo having established a strong relationship with Togolese government ministers, purchasing a drilling rig for the purpose of boring for natural water holes. This venture was most successful initially but the logistics issues and the unreliability of the rig furthered by the major difficulty in acquiring parts was proving to be an unworkable situation. The business was wound up and ceased trading after the tragic loss of life to a pedestrian. I returned home in December 2015.


Llwyn Brain Farm, Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil June 1967 - August 1969


BP Refinery (Llandarcy) September 1969 - September 1972

Apprentice Instrument Technician [pipework]

Fleurr, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia September 1972 - March 1974

Pipework instrument technician/welder

Forming of McCarthy Plant Hire June 1974 - March 1999

Company Owner/Senior Consultant

McCarthy Plant Hire & Contractors August 1977 - March 1999

Company Owner/Senior consultant

Self–employed Construction Consultant, Malta March 1999 - November 2009

Company owner/Senior Consultant

Welsh Princess Boat charter, Malta March 1999 - November 2009

Company owner/Senior Consultant/ship’s Captain

Greenleaf Global, Twickenham, London November 2009 - November 2012

Head of Overseas Operations

Drill Tech Togo [own company – Togo Based] November 2012 – December 2015

Directeur General


Vast experience and knowledge of both the construction & civil engineering sectors.

Ability to manage budget levels and ensuring task completion within time constraints

Extensive wealth of experience major contracts management

Excellent health & safety management track record

Ability to compile detailed project costings

Excellent people management skills established globally over wide range of people status

Acquisition of preferred provider status historically with many ‘blue-chip’ clients including:-

- Togo government

- David Lloyd Fitness Centers

- Kajima

- Tarmac Construction

- Norwest Holst

- Costain

- M & W Pearce

- Christiani Nielsen

- Laing Construction

- Welsh Water

- Mowlem

- Parcel Force

- Ford (UK)

- Many local and County Councils.


Member – Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors

Member –Contractors and mechanical plant Engineers

Names of referees can be forwarded should they be required

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