We speak to McGill’s Billy Robertson, Head of Fire and Security, Employee of the Year and winner of an all-expenses paid family trip to Dubai.

Billy, how did you feel when you found out some of your colleagues had nominated you?

Like most people in the company I come to work to do my best, and do what it takes to get great results, so the fact that busy people took the time and effort to send an email nominating me is very humbling. There are so many people across the United Capital group who regularly go above and beyond, so it does mean a lot to me to be recognised as Employee of the Year.

Which of the United Capital values – Relentless, Ambitious, Committed, and Entrepreneurial – do you think you represent most?

I’d say I share all of the United Capital values, and have done throughout my career. It’s very easy when everyone around you is busy to forget these values, but the difference while working for The McGill Group is that these values are encouraged and nurtured. Unlike anywhere I have worked before, it’s recognised that if you give people opportunities and encouragement they will absolutely flourish.

What do you look forward to about the conference in Dubai?

I attended the first United Capital conference a year and a half ago at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews . It’s really interesting to hear about different aspects of the business, and share ideas and solutions with colleagues from other companies. It also allows for discussions about areas of the business where we could do more to collaborate – and obviously a bit of sun will be nice as well!

What are your ambitions for the future with United Capital?

I still see a huge market for the Fire and Security Division due to the fact we have some of the best engineers in the area, as well as vast expertise and a proven ability to deliver big multi-million pound contracts. So with help from the Estimating and Business Development Departments we are looking to secure more of these contracts and ensure that McGill is the go-to company in this area.