Please join us in welcoming London Based Toby McCorry to the Joule Group Team.
We interviewed him about what makes him tick and why he decided to join Joule.
What interested you about joining Joule Group?
I was really excited by Joule’s global approach to Fire Engineering, assisting Clients anywhere that they operate and drawing upon the different experiences and practices in different countries and cultures to realise innovative, effective, practicable and safe solutions. However, what really drew me in to the Joule world was the digital strategy and solutions we are currently rolling out. These are a keystone of the business vision and I feel will be a game-changer in taking care of buildings for their entire life-time and ultimately helping to create safer buildings for people to work, rest or play in.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have two sons, so a lot of free time / spare time is spent with them. When I get a moment, I’m a little bit too obsessed by exercise and watching Liverpool Football Club (sadly only on the TV as I’m a long way from Anfield). I also enjoy painting, playing my guitar (badly), reading, visiting the many beaches, countryside and country/beach pubs in Kent.
Tell us about your top holiday destination
I don’t tend to go back to the same place more than once. This is with a few exceptions such as Rome, which I’ve found breath-taking every time and Croyde (in the UK) which I try to visit at least every other year for the incredible Atlantic scenery, surf, West Country hospitality (I am biased being West Country born and raised) and cider. I’d also recommend Hanoi, Vietnam to everyone, with amazing street food and fresh street beer, seemingly on every corner. Finally, I desperately want to go back to visit more National Parks in the US – hiking into the Grand Canyon, around Shenandoah Park and Big Sur have been some of the greatest experiences I’ve had.
What do you think the future holds for fire engineering?
Embracing new and emerging technologies. Adopting digitization to promote better collaboration and create a more end-user friendly format for the building fire strategy and enable contractors to construct and building owners to understand their buildings. This should include utilizing BIM, virtual reality and augmented reality to complement the written fire strategy. Just as important, is the need to develop technology and digital solutions to facilitate building owners or operators to take better care of their buildings and create safer environments for people and sometimes priceless cultural assets they shelter.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Turn and face the strain – Changes ― David Bowie