Soben staff numbers hit the half century

3rd May 2017

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FOUR new recruits have taken the number of surveyors on Soben’s ever-growing team to 50.

Announcing the milestone, Soben Managing Director Scott Smyth said: “This is a proud moment for Soben – hitting the half-century is a significant achievement for the business and is a testament to the hard work of all our staff who have embraced our desire to provide a world-class service, resulting in repeat business and an increase demand for our services.

“I am sure this will be the first of many milestones as we pursue our goal of becoming the UK’s leading contractor-focused Quantity Surveying consultancy.”

The new members who have recently joined the team are:

  • John Conaghan – Pre-Contract Project Manager
  • Michael McAvoy – Senior Quantity Surveyor
  • Kyle Shirkie – Trainee Quantity Surveyor
  • James Scott – Trainee Quantity Surveyor

John was instantly recognised by Scott when he was interviewed – both had worked together at another company a number of years previously.

John was Scott’s first line manager when he started as an apprentice Quantity Surveyor immediately after leaving school.

Scott added: “John is hugely experienced, having worked for large organisations in the Middle East and for international consultancies – plus having been in private practice.”

Michael is another highly experienced team member with global experience, and he has just returned to the UK after a five-year stint in New Zealand, where he was employed as a commercial manager for a large construction company.

Andrew is also a key addition to the team – as a surveyor supporting pre-contract side of the business.


Kyle and James were recruited from Ayrshire College, where they are studying full-time on the new HNC in Quantity Surveying course.

This followed a presentation to students at the Ayr campus by Scott, during which he invited them to make applications to join Soben Contract & Commercial as trainees.

Kyle and James were selected and now join David Lymburn and Blair Webster as trainees, based at Soben’s headquarters in East Kilbride.

Scott added: “Kyle and James have almost completed their HNC in Quantity Surveying at Ayrshire College and we look forward to giving them the best possible training and support as they embark on the BSc Quantity Surveying course at Glasgow Caledonian University in September.

“I would also like to thank Ayrshire College Construction Lecturer Janice Steel for enabling the presentation.”

Janice said of Kyle and James: “Good luck, boys. I’m sure you’ll both do very well. This is what we’re all about here at Ayrshire College Technology Department.

“We are delighted that the college has opened up a pathway into a career in construction  by introducing this new course in Quantity Surveying.”

Ayrshire College was established in August 2013 from a merger between Ayr College, Kilmarnock College and the Largs and Kilwinning campuses of James Watt College, and it serves the Ayrshire area and overseas students.

Aside from these four new team members, who will join the team at Soben’s Glasgow office, the company has quantity surveyors based at their other locations and embedded in client organisations throughout the UK.