At Winning Tenders, we take great pride in providing expert advice and services to those who are seeking professional bid writing and tender support and guidance.
Our team love what they do so we decided to delve into their individual worlds in our new series of team interviews, offering practical advice, tips, and insight as well as a flavour for who they are outside of their professional lives.
This month, we’ve interviewed Trevor Whelan, Quality Assurance Assessor, keen photographer, and transport charity trustee.
- Please tell us a little about your role and how you landed on it as a career path?
I joined Winning Tenders in 2013, bringing a wealth of experience accrued through a diverse career. My first assignment involved getting up at 4.30am on a freezing January morning to go out on a photo-shoot for a client. It was a tiring day, but huge fun and my work contributed to a winning bid.
Subsequently, my role developed into quality assurance, working with bid writers to refine draft submissions. Having previously assessed bids in a tendering authority, I help to ensure that submissions are comprehensive and compliant.
- What industries do you specialise in?
The bulk of my career has been in the transport sector, but I also have experience in other areas, including publishing and retail.
- What’s your favourite part of the job and why?
As clichéd as this will sound, it’s the sheer variety of subjects we cover. I’ve certainly learned a lot in the last few years with a wide range of clients and their particular sectors. I have an enquiring mind and am always happy to learn something new.
- Do you have any advice for those looking to do what you do?
It really comes down to extensive experience. I have worked in private sector organisations ranging from a small, family-owned business to a large multi-national corporation. I also have experience of local government and the civil service, plus a period with a professional institute.
- How would you identify an organisation’s USP?
To me, the best businesses are those whose ethos reflects the moral values of the founders and/or senior management. In my experience, good customer service also comes from the heart, not a manual of hackneyed methods.
- How do you wind down after a hard day’s work?
I am an avid reader and always have a novel on the go. I also love music and my tastes are pretty eclectic, ranging from classical through to trance and most genres in between. My choices tend to match my mood at any given time.
- Do you have any hobbies, or what do you like doing in your spare time?
I’ve been a keen photographer for many years, but I find any creative process very relaxing. I’m a trustee of a local transport charity and produce their quarterly magazine. This voluntary work absorbs a lot of time but is very rewarding.
- What’s your top tip for creating work/life harmony?
It’s important to have a focus which is unrelated to work, whether it’s family or a hobby. I’m fortunate in having a number of absorbing interests which help in this regard. Some people only have one happy place; I have several!
- What’s your top tip in your field?
Keep an open mind and start each assignment with a fresh perspective. It’s all too easy to fall into a rut.
- Is there anything you’d like to add?
I follow the philosophy of the late Jack Hargreaves; in that I try to learn something new on a regular basis. Learning keeps the brain engaged and often opens up new opportunities.