December 14th, 2020

Meet Carlo Gatti – when it comes to quality, he 100% delivers

We always complete projects on time. We don’t skimp on specifications to make a quick ‘buck’. And we never go over budget. To do that we need, and make sure we have, the best Project Managers in the world.

In this edition of ‘Meet the team’ we’d like to introduce you to our new project management virtuoso – Carlo Gatti.

Could you tell us a little about your background?

As my name suggests I’m Italian and I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Milan. From a very young age I was always fascinated by all things technical. And I was always poking away at all the appliances in the house to see how they worked. I never actually broke anything though. But my parents may tell a different story.

This love of technology naturally led to my studying engineering and I graduated with an MSc in Electrical Engineering.

My first job after graduating was for a company where I designed magnetic cores for current and voltage transformers for railway applications. I loved it. I’m naturally ambitious and wanted to progress my career there. However, as my generation wasn’t taught English at school, I had a problem. Around 75% of the company’s clients were based in foreign countries and English was the common language used. This made it difficult to take part in meetings and client visits and was going to be a barrier to promotion.

So, I decided to leave the company and learn English. Where better to do that than England? I set off with the plan to return to Italy a year later.

After moving to London and several intensive months of English study I was offered a job here as a Network Engineer. I took it and was promoted quickly to a Project Manager, even though I’d not had any project management training. To put that right I studied to gain my PMP and Prince 2 project management certifications.

The company I was working for didn’t do well during the first wave of the COVID-19 crisis. Luckily, however, the perfect role for me came up at Midstream. And I couldn’t resist it.

Why did you decide to join Midstream?

Quality!

There are a lot of companies that don’t put quality at the very top of their priorities. For them, profit is the key thing. Midstream isn’t one of those companies at all. Here, quality is at the very heart of everything we do.

Our in-house Design and Engineering teams are the best in the world. Even though I say so myself, our Project Managers are best-in-class too. Then there are our world-beating products. We don’t believe there’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. Each of our lighting series has been specially designed for the specific needs of the industries we work with, from aviation to sports to maritime to horticulture. We don’t stop there. We’re always investing in Research & Development, so whatever challenges come along we can more than meet them.

And when we take on a project, we really commit ourselves to it. So clients know we’ll deliver it on time, on specification, and on budget.

All of that is why we’re trusted by so many high-profile global customers, and why we keep winning award after award.

What excites you about your new role?

Everything I’ve just said. Plus, the opportunity to work on the big, challenging, and exciting projects Midstream handles around the world.

The team here is amazing too.

Tell us something your CV doesn’t.

I hope it shows all the things I’d like it to – my ambition to succeed and love for what I do.

One thing it probably doesn’t tell you though, is I’m now a passionate Anglophile. As I said, I originally planned to only stay in London for a year. And years later I’m still here. Many of my friends ask me if I miss Milan’s weather and food. Which I do. But London and the UK have so much more to offer. The beauty and history of London. The wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Fish and chips on Brighton beach. I could go on and on.

What do you do in your spare time?

Tour the UK.

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