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People, Progress

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People, Progress, and Pioneering: Luke Somerville's Vision for Compass

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24 Jun 2024

We are thrilled to share that Luke, our Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, has been featured on the cover of Middle East Consultant’s latest magazine – a particularly special honor as Luke celebrates his 10th anniversary at Compass, a conpany he co-founded in 2014.  Luke speaks candidly about the innovative strides we are making in the construction industry, the challenges we face as an industry, and the opportunities we are seizing to stay ahead of the curve.  Here's a sneak peek into some of the compelling topics Luke discusses:

Setting the Stage: Opportunities in the Middle East

Luke highlights the unique opportunities present in the GCC region, emphasizing the visionary leadership and strategic frameworks like Vision 2030 and Vision 2040.  These frameworks create a shared vision for the future, enabling enterprises to align their goals and strategies effectively.  One standout opportunity is the development of local talent, which benefits not only our company but also the broader economic and social landscape of the region.

Navigating Challenges with Agility

In the interview, Luke addresses the major challenges facing the market and how Compass mitigates these, including the inflationary environment and market cash flow.  Our agility as a decade-old, homegrown company allows us to respond quickly to market changes, a significant advantage over older, more bureaucratic competitors.  He notes how this agility, combined with our strong reputation, helps us maintain a competitive edge in the market.

A People-First Approach

Compass is fundamentally a people-first company.  Luke emphasizes the importance of hiring the right cultural fit and providing robust mentorship and training.  By focusing on retaining top talent and offering challenging projects, we ensure that our employees remain engaged and motivated, ultimately driving exceptional results.

You have to make sure that the company is outward-facing and very much aware of what's going on out there in the market.

Embracing Technological Advancements

Luke explores the transformative potential of AI and digital tools in construction, highlighting how technologies like Chat GBT 4, Adobe AI, and Co-Pilot streamline our operations.  He emphasizes our proactive approach to staying at the forefront of industry advancements by partnering with major and niche software providers, ensuring our teams are ready to implement the latest innovations from Day One for efficient project management.

Trends Shaping the Future

The interview also touches on critical market trends impacting the built environment, particularly in the hospitality, tourism, and heritage sectors.  These projects require unique 'wow' factors to stand out, and we are at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions that meet these demands. Sustainability is also a key focus, and our involvement in significant greening initiatives, such as King Salman Park in Saudi Arabia, exemplifies our commitment to creating pleasant, varied environments.

Luke's leadership and vision, building on the foundations set alongside his two partners a decade ago, are propelling Compass to new heights.  For more on Luke's insights and our strategic direction, read the full interview in Middle East Consultant magazine to see how we're transforming the construction industry and leading transformative projects.

Read the full interview here.

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