The success of ACIEM as a business is very much down to our dedicated and enthusiastic workforce, both in the offices and out on site. They are a real credit to the company and we thought this would be a nice opportunity to introduce you to some of the people behind the business. In this first issue, we’ve spoken to Framework Manager Steve Bessant about his life within and outside of ACIEM.


Steve Bessant

Job title

Framework Manager

How long have you worked at ACIEM?

About a month and a half now but before that, up until a few years ago, I’d been here for 14 years. I originally joined as a site agent and progressed through the business to M&E Director and finally became the Technical Director. I have always had a high regard for the people within the business and I am thankful that most of them are still here. 

What made you decide to return to work for ACIEM?

I was excited by the new management team and the opportunities to develop the business in the water industry. I was also encouraged by the new generation of the engineering team within ACIEM, bringing the latest technologies to the business.

What does your day-to-day job entail?

Engaging with existing and new clients, developing project scopes for them and delivering cost effective engineering solutions.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I most enjoy scoping and problem solving, winning tendered work and the collaborative working environment with our clients. 

What are your aspirations for the business?

Assisting the growth of ACIEM through quality delivery and client satisfaction, maintaining good customer services and ensuring the client is happy. Oh, and making some money for the company.

Outside of work, what are you most passionate about?

First and foremost, family. Watching rugby, hometown Clevedon RFC, playing golf and racing my 32-year-old BMW 535 around Castle Combe race track a few times a year.

What does your perfect weekend look like?

Winning the Six Nations Championship, a few beers with my mates, topped off with a Sunday roast and a nice long walk with the family.

When you were at school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A farmer. I started working on a farm when I was ten and worked there for six years and thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you could go back in time to give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

I’d have listened to my elders, rather than thinking I knew it all at 18!

Describe yourself in one word