Staff Profile: Laurie Pettigrove
Meet Laurie Pettigrove – Major Loss Supervisor, Victoria
A carpenter by trade, Laurie Pettigrove started his building career under the steady eye of his father, an insurance builder in Perth.
In 1984, he was awarded Apprentice of the Year.
His job as Major Loss Supervisor in Victoria reflects his years of experience and his commitment to overcoming the everyday challenges of the insurance building trade.
“In my current role, I’m in charge of the day-to-day running of large loss jobs. This involves careful scheduling of works and maintaining quality control on site.
“Good communication is important as I have a large group of subcontracting tradespeople who I’ve worked with over the years. We’ve built up a solid, mutual trust. This helps to ensure the smooth-running of works.“
Some of Laurie’s biggest challenges are managing the unpredictable elements of a project. These include variable weather conditions, trades availability and site attendances.
“Being able to adapt to these issues is a big part of a supervisor’s role.”
Laurie is a Registered Builder in Western Australia, South Australia, ACT and New South Wales. He’s also a Registered Building Supervisor New South Wales and Queensland. He is currently renewing his Domestic Builder Unlimited & Commercial Builder Unlimited licenses in Victoria.
Before he joined the Advanced Buildings team he was Construction Manager for another Victorian insurance builder.
When asked how he thinks Advanced Buildings is different from other companies, Laurie replied:
“It’s the culture. The managers lead by example and encourage you to be the best you can be. It’s great to see that everyone within the business is striving to be successful and contributing to the company’s success.”
One of his most memorable career achievements was winning “Renovation and Addition of the Year” for Western Australia and representing WA at the National Awards in Gold Coast.
“Alas, we were beaten by a competitor in Melbourne”, explains Laurie.
Laurie is supported by his wife and his “three awesome sons”.
“I would hope people would describe me as a relaxed, happy, dedicated, family orientated and conscientious person. My wife probably would describe me as crazy!”
When he’s not overseeing major loss works, Laurie enjoys exercising (“even though it doesn’t show”), bike riding, horse racing (“love my horse racing”), walking, being with family and friends, doing sports training as manager of his son’s lacrosse team, and watching the West Coast Eagles win.
His bucket list includes more travel, attending the Boxing Day test match Australia v England, going to the Kentucky Derby, owning a Melbourne Cup winner and going to an Olympic Games.
And of course: “watching my boys develop into good young men, have a great life with my wife and enjoying whatever life has to offer.”