Mechanical, electrical and public health management, UK
Abigail is no stranger to tackling challenges - in fact she relishes them. When she's not pushing her body to the limit competing in extreme races, she's project managing some of London's most complex developments, adding value through her ability to always pursue a better way and deliver innovative solutions.
- How has your career progressed?
- I did a degree in building services engineering and started my career at the Atomic Weapons Establishment where I got nine years' experience of mechanical and electrical engineering. In 2006 I joined Mace as an assistant M&E manager and then became a senior manager. After returning from maternity leave I was made sector lead for the commercial offices MEP team, which I do alongside my current role of associate director.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- The variety and challenges that the role offers, and the fact that we are able to manage a drawing into reality. I like interfacing with lots of different people as I’m a very sociable person so the role really suits my personality.
- What is your proudest achievement at Mace?
- I’m proud of everything I’ve done at Mace and of the fact that I’ve worked on projects that are incredibly visible and recognisable like The Shard. In years to come, I can tell my daughter and my grandchildren that I was part of the team that delivered that.
“I’m proud of everything I’ve done at Mace and of the fact that I’ve worked on projects that are incredibly visible and recognisable like The Shard.”
- Who has been your mentor?
- I've changed mentors throughout my career. I always try to choose a mentor that is at least one level above the grade that I am so that they can help me to progress to the next level. I really welcome the opportunity to bounce ideas off them. I’m also a mentor myself and enjoy giving something back to help someone grow and develop.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Go for it, don’t hold back and put in maximum effort to get the most out of your role. Get yourself a mentor, ask questions - no one knows everything. Seek out opportunities and be the master of your own destiny and your career.
- What drives you on?
- Challenges, solving problems, getting results, seeing a project progress from paper to construction through to commissioning and close out.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- My family and spending time with my daughter Erin. I’m also absolutely nuts about crossfit and I love to get involved in obstacle course races and trail runs, to name a few. I’ve completed Man vs Lakes, Tough Mudder and brutal 10k trail runs recently!
- If your 20-year-old self could see you now, what would she think?
- She probably wouldn’t have expected me to be where I am now with my career, nor to have had the opportunity to work on such prestigious projects with so many amazing people.