CEO Does ‘Tea For Two’
19 March 2015
Costain’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wyllie, recently made ‘tea for two’ for Graduate Civil Engineers working on the M1 Smart Motorways Project near Chesterfield, in support of Costain’s *150 Challenge.
The event was organised by Becky Gray, a 150 Challenge Champion, who sent a speculative email to Nikki Heritage, Andrew’s PA, to ask if he’d be interested in taking part in a sponsored tea-making event. A keen tea-maker in his day, Andrew naturally said yes.
The prospect of having a cup of tea made by Andrew greatly appealed to Chris Hyde and Séan Allen who between them raised £60 for the cause. They then had to agree on what tea to drink and, more crucially, what biscuit to accompany the most expensive cup of tea they will ever drink.
Here’s what they chose. The brew: Yorkshire Tea. Biscuit: Hobnobs (Milk Chocolate). The verdict?
“Andrew made a great cup of tea. He listened to how we liked it and he delivered it on time and within budget. Séan only has a drop of milk while I prefer mine with plenty. We were very impressed,” said Chris.
Séan added: “While Chris and I drank our tea, Andrew asked us about our experiences with the Company and the Graduate Programme. We heard about his own experiences as a graduate working in Saudi Arabia and Africa, and he expressed his confidence in the opportunities available to Costain graduates, which was great to hear.”
Andrew has invited Chris and Séan to Maidenhead, the only catch is they have to make the brews and bring the biscuits.
*The 150 Challenge commemorates Costain’s 150th anniversary and involves raising £1million in 2015 for the Costain Charitable Foundation’s four chosen charities – the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, youth charity The Prince’s Trust and Samaritans.
Pictured: Andrew Wyllie (centre) with Séan Allen (left) and Chris Hyde (right).
Costain Communications Department