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‘My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me’


This Week: Ian Long

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: My father-in-law, who was a successful businessman and always a great support throughout my career, always encouraged me to be a man of my word.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A: Develop a client-focused approach and employ talented people.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Accepting the invitation to become a director of Doran Consulting.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A: I find this difficult to answer because I can't imagine doing anything other than civil engineering.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: I was in Malaysia and Singapore recently, and my next trip will be to New England in the US.

Q: What are your hobbies/ interests?

A: In addition to the work I do in my church, I enjoy travel, running and watching Arsenal with my son, Michael.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I enjoy football and rugby. I am a long suffering Arsenal fan and try to get across to the Emirates a few times each season. I also enjoy Friday night at the Kingspan.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I played rugby at school, although I always preferred football.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: The last two books I read for relaxation were Dominion by CJ Sansom and Camino Island by John Grisham, both of which I enjoyed.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: I come from a typical Belfast working class family. My father was a shipyard worker. My parents had a strong work ethic, which they instilled in me. This has been a great asset to me.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: As a civil engineer, I leave such predictions to the economists.

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company?

A: I joined immediately after graduating and this year celebrated 30 years with the company. I have had the pleasure of working with many talented and committed people. It has also been great fun and a privilege to play a part in the success of Doran Consulting. It is an honour to now take over as managing director and lead an incredibly talented team.

Q: How do you sum up working in the sector?

A: Civil engineering is a demanding and challenging profession but delivers incredible job satisfaction. It has provided me with a very rewarding career and I recommend it to young people without hesitation.

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