2016 in review: Daman Ranby, Edmond Shipway

Daman Ranby

Daman Ranby, the director who heads up Edmond Shipway’s M&E business, gives us his review of the past 12 months.

What has been your highlight of the year?
In a business sense, Edmond Shipway’s M&E team has delivered some fantastic projects this year and we’ve seen some exciting schemes get underway, too – getting Imperial Park off the ground has been a particular highlight, as well as our appointment to the Everards Meadows development. Personally, completing a charity bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands’ End tested me mentally and physically in a way that I had not previously experienced and raised an impressive sum for Macmillan.

And your lowlight?
Reaching the halfway point of the ride – feeling drained, tired, wet and exhausted then realising we had another 450 miles to go would certainly qualify!

How do you think 2016 will be remembered?
It was the year of the unexpected – Brexit, Trump and Leicester winning the Premiership!

Hero of the year (business or otherwise)?
As a bit of a sportsman myself, I would go with Alistair Brownlee who was my hero helping his brother over the finish line in the triathlon world series in Mexico sacrificing his own top three place to do it. This sends a message that is as relevant to business as it is to sport – it’s not about the individual, it’s about getting the team across the line.

And villain?
Where do you start? There’s too many to name just one – mainly engaged in politics.

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?
To embrace change and see every challenge as a positive opportunity.