Richard Symonds

Great to be a part of this, let alone in the final, thanks guys!



I have studied at the John Colet School, Aylesbury Training Group, City of Westminster College and Currently London South Bank University


The less said about my GCSEs the better (the better you do with them the more options you will have, but if you dont do well DONT PANIC!!!) Various NVQ level 2s, Various C&G qualifications Level 2 and 3, BTEC National Diploma in Building Services Engineering and currently studying the Higher National Diploma in Building Services, hoping to go onto the MEng.

Work History:

Trainee Electrical Engineer, Junior Electrical Engineer, Contract Electrical Engineer, Electrical Contract Supervisor, Trainee Electrician, Intermediate Buildings Services Engineer, Electrical Engineer.

Current Job:

Electrical Engineer


Con-Serv Ltd, Loudwater

About Me

Ambitious and very sporty normally found outdoors!

I live with my wife, who i met in school, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. We are both very adventurous people enjoying various outdoor pursuits and sports. During a normal week I coach and play rugby for my local first team, of which I am club captain, and can regularly be found at the Amersham climbing wall. Whenever we get a chance we zip down to Pembrokeshire, South West Wales, where we spend the majority of the time on the great beaches down there with our Springer Spaniel. I own power kites, mountain boards, surfboards and climbing equipment which i like to make use of at every opportunity.

My work

I bring buildings to life and control the mood and comfort of the occupants within it

I work within the building services industry, as an electrical engineer. Basically, I work along side Architects and structural engineers to ensure the building proposed is safe and suits the need of people using it. I took for granted the amount of work which goes into a building. The classrooms you are in for example;

  • It has to have a certain amount of air supply within it to keep you all breathing. Not only that but it controls how fresh the air is, it would soon get pretty hard to stay in the room if everyone had bad breath and there was not a suitable cycle of air to rid the “pollutants”.
  • There is also heating, to keep you warm and comfortable, hopefully and believe it or not, the stability of the structure!!
  • The lighting in your room (my favorite topic) is designed to suit what you are doing. Students of your age need it to be lit to a level of 300lx (pronounced lux) which is how bright it is and it has to be evenly spread. Your teacher, being older (ahem) needs it brighter. Lighting comes in different colours also, not just blue, green or red, but warm and cold white. The warmer the light the more sleepy you feel because it reflects a sunset and the hormone melatonine is released in your body which says time to go to sleep. The cooler the light, the closer it represents sun light, which makes people more awake and alert! What temperature white light do you think they need in the school?

My Typical Day

Most my time is spent drawing and developing designs, but every day is different

A day may start with attending a meeting, either at site or the architects office. We will discuss the requirements of the proposed building and how best to move forward with the project before construction stage. I will then go back to the office and develop the designs using drawings and calculations to meet the legal requirements and local standards required to meet a functional building.

What I'd do with the money

I am hoping to donate the funds to promote an engineering college specializing in apprenticeships

I started of my journey of a career attending Aylesbury Training Group. They are a college specializing in apprenticeships in different fields but mainly engineering and ICT. They provide hands on lessons for their students and help them to find companies to work for.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Ambitious, Energetic and Sporty

Who is your favourite singer or band?

It changes with the wind, but at the moment probably Bring Me The Horizon

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Grade 6 gorge route in Karijini – West Australia

What did you want to be after you left school?

A marine Biologist or an Electrical Engineer

Were you ever in trouble at school?

All the time … I wasnt the most mature in my class.

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?

Ive assisted in the construction of a sensory unit for disabled children.

If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?

Marine Biologist

Tell us a joke.

Where are pies weighed? …. Somewhere over the rainbow! (BOOM! BOOM!) … Don’t get it? … … copy and paste this link and hopefully that will help, or ask your teacher!

Other stuff

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