Career Focus – MU Operative Team Leader Fran Burton

Multi-utility operative team leader Fran Burton recently celebrated 10 years at Aptus. Here we learn more about his role, discover details about some of the projects he works on, and find out where his passions lie away from work.

Q: What did you do prior to joining Aptus?

In the ten years before I joined Aptus I held similar roles within construction and utilities for a number of different companies. During that time I built up industry experience and a range of skills which helped me to hit the ground running at Aptus.

Q: Tell us about your role at Aptus?

As a multi-utility operative team leader, I’m responsible for helping to ensure that we deliver projects on-time and to the highest standards for our clients. I’m out on site, which is where I love to be, getting hands-on and undertaking a wide range of tasks including mains and service laying. Every project is unique and poses its own challenges, but I never tire of seeing a scheme completed on schedule and getting feedback from happy clients.

Q: Do you have a favourite project you have worked on? If so, why?

My role at Aptus has seen me working on a range of unique projects that are memorable for a number of reasons. One that really sticks in my mind however is a gas infrastructure project which we were contracted to provide by LiMA at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works. The project was geared towards making the site one of the UK’s most efficient and sustainable treatment plants. It was intense and the pressure was on, but it was so rewarding to complete alongside my fantastic colleagues.

Many of the schemes we work on can be quite complex so you have to be 100% focused all the time. Another challenge can be the weather, especially in winter, but you learn to love whatever the elements throw at you.

Q: What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?

The main thing I would say is to try and get as much training as you can and always listen to managers and those who have been there and done it. I’ve worked in the utility sector for many years but I’m still learning and will continue to do so as technological advancements happen all the time. The worst thing you can do is think you know everything already.

Q: And finally, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?

One of my main passions outside of work is my allotment. Over the past year I’ve grown everything from carrots and onions to potatoes and tomatoes. I’m also growing some Brussels sprouts ready for Christmas.

Published on 10th January 2024

Natasha Clarke

Natasha Clarke

People Director

Natasha Clarke heads up the People functions at Aptus, including Human Resources and internal and external communications. She has assisted in the training and development of a number of key members of staff and has also ensured a number of Business Administration Apprentices have successfully obtained their qualifications.

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