Duncan Swan, chief operating officer at BAPCO, discusses his career in the critical communications industry
It’s been quite a change moving from a full-time to a parttime role – and in particular from the perspective of leading a team, directing a business and being part of the hustle and bustle of everyday business life. While I don’t miss the daily three hours spent commuting into London, I strangely do miss multiple meetings and conference calls where you get to meet large numbers of people across the day. Being the employee can be a little lonely at times!
There have been many unforgettable projects over the years, be that from an outcome, people, or place perspective. I’ve been so lucky in the places my career has taken me. If I were to choose one project, it would be with the Ministry of National Security out in Jamaica. With the 2007 Cricket World Cup taking place in the West Indies, the Jamaican Constabulary Force required a complete overhaul of its mobile communications. I oversaw the design and delivery of a 155Mbit/s microwave network around the island, including the building of a new central communications centre and several radio sites. This supported a new mixed mode – analogue and digital – trunked radio network. It was delivered on time and to budget, and I got the chance to work with some fantastic people and gain some lifelong memories.
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