Meet the two new Champions from M&J Group

Welcome to our newest Ignite Champions; Dawn Thompson and Dario Barbarino from M&J Group.

About Dawn

When I was at school I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I finished education. A lot of my peer group were making plans to go to university but for me that seemed really out of reach at the time. I didn’t feel I had the career support readily available today to help guide me on a decision. I started my office career at an insurance brokers who supported me doing a business apprenticeship. Fast forward a number of years and I found a stepping stone into the world of HR. I really wanted to make a difference to how people got treated in the work place and studied over a number of years part time to gain my post graduate degree in Human Resource Management. I then navigated towards specialising in recruitment and in particular I found a passion for managing early career programmes such as Apprenticeships. I’m a over protective Mum of a 10 year old boy!

Its amazing to see the work Alex, Sam and the team are involved in. I'm from St Neots and I'm proud to see the work that is starting to happen with the local community and the foundations being built for future generations is amazing. They are brave enough to be disruptors of how businesses think, feel and see and confident enough to provide the foundation of change for the next generation.

About Dario

I started at M&J 5 years ago as a Trainee Surveyor, I was working full time and studying Construction at college which I did one day a week. Today I am a Senior Surveyor which I have been doing for around 10 months now. I knew a few people that worked within the industry, and I feel that influenced my choice to study construction. M&J is very social in and outside of work and I get the opportunity to play 7 a side football once a month with my work colleagues.

I'm proud to support I2I because I have the same beliefs they do and would like the opportunity to inspire people to start a career in construction.

About M&J Group

Established in 1972, M&J Group has blossomed into one of the UK’s leading specialist construction firms. Their journey from expertise in flat roofing has expanded into comprehensive building envelope services. With a keen eye on evolving client needs, they frequently serve as the Principal Contractor, particularly for projects emphasising waterproofing.

They seamlessly manage elements from roofing to drainage and M&E, allowing clients to concentrate on their specialities. Furthermore, M&J stands out as a CITB-approved training organisation, underlining their dedication to strengthening the construction industry’s workforce.