Business Leader: Aidan sees great ‘Linesight’ ahead for Limerick consultancy firm

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Aidan Walsh of Hartstonge Street based company Linesight, enjoys spending time with his wife and three children away from work. He also takes in rugby and GAA matches

Aidan Walsh of Hartstonge Street based company Linesight, enjoys spending time with his wife and three children away from work. He also takes in rugby and GAA matches

After beginning his consultancy career in Britain, Aidan Walsh moved home to Ireland – and ultimately Limerick – thanks to Linesight

Tell us a little bit about Linesight

Since 1974, Linesight has been providing professional advice in terms of cost management, project management, health and safety, consultancy and dedicated support to the Irish, European and global construction industry. From initial concept to project completion, we have been helping clients to build their businesses, and as a result, we have earned a reputation as a world leader in our field.

We are continually evolving our offer to best meet our clients’ needs, and this level of care and attention to detail gives our clients the confidence to make well-informed decisions. We have in excess of 350 staff, working out of 17 global offices, with live projects in 150 cities in over 40 countries. Here in Limerick, we employ eight staff at our office in Hartstonge Street. We also have four people based in Cork, and one in Galway. Ultimately, Linesight is a 100% Irish owned company headquartered in Dublin. 

What does your role entail?

I’m a director of Linesight for the last 15 years, following my move back to Limerick in 2002. My role is effectively the day to day management of Linesight’s operations in a region covering the provinces of Munster and Connaught.  My primary role is twofold: building on existing client relationships, because around 70% of our business is repeat; on top of this, I would also seek to develop new client relationships in the region. This entails making sure imposed deadlines are met and clients kept informed of any potential impacts on both.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born, raised and educated in Limerick, and I live at present in Foynes. I married a local girl Grainne, and we have three children Cian, 17, Hannah, 13, and Sara, 10.

What is your educational background?

I started school at St Paul’s in Dooradoyle, before moving to Foynes. My secondary school was at Tarbert Comprehensive, before I studied third level at the Limerick Institute of Technology. There, I  graduated with a degree in quantity  surveying, before going on to become a chartered quantity  surveyor of the Society of Chartered  Surveyors in Ireland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Britain.

How did you get to where you are today?

I started my career working with a large British mains contractor in the late 1980s. Then  I progressed to working for a large international developer with worldwide interests for a number of years before moving back to Ireland to take  up  a position with Linesight  in Dublin.  Having  worked in Dublin  for a number of years the opportunity arose for me to return home to Limerick, following the merger of Linesight with a local quantity surveying firm. It was a fantastic opportunity from both a career perspective and a family point of view.

Why did you decide to join Linesight?

I joined Linesight in September 1994 on return from foreign pastures. I wanted to return to Ireland and from research on possible positions in Ireland, I felt that Linesight best suited my future ambitions. It was (and still is!) a progressive / forward looking firm, with the ambition to grow Linesight both nationally and internationally, something which the company has achieved over the years and is now one of the biggest (if not, the biggest) in Ireland, with multiple domestic and international clients.

What are your goals for the next 12 months?

My goals would be to further develop the business in the region. The construction industry is on the rise again, though mainly focused on the Dublin region, but the signs are that this is slowly spreading out to the rest of the country, in particular Limerick, Galway and Cork which are now seeing positive signs of recovery within the industry and confidence is generally there.

We have recently taken on additional staff in both our Limerick and Cork Offices, with a new office opened in Galway in January 2018.

Who do you admire in business?

I have been fortunate over the years to have had dealings with a number of very successful business leaders, particularly in Ireland – too many to name. Seeing first-hand the drive that makes these people want to succeed, taking failure in their stride but building on that experience for the positive going forward.

In business and life, are you guided by any particular motto?

Do not ask anybody to do something, I haven’t done or would not be prepared to do myself and be honest in your dealings with others.

Away from work, what are your pastimes and hobbies?

Away from work with a young family most of my time is spent with them. We have an active household with all involved in sports and  community activities and local groups.

My down-time would entail going to rugby, and GAA matches both locally and county-wide.