Consultancy, North America
Ashley joined Mace in North America in 2015 as a Project Manager and has a wealth of experience in the construction industry. She's now working with our clients to deliver some of the most iconic projects across the country.
- How did you get into what you do?
- I've always liked buildings. I had initially wanted to do civil engineering at university, but someone I knew who was a project manager advised me to do construction management (CM) as that's what really interested me anyway. After graduating, I spent four years at another firm getting hands-on CM experience before moving to Mace.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
For me, it's the entrepreneurial spirit, buzz and good energy in the office and on the projects. I really like the collaborative approach taken at Mace, with everyone working together to deliver for our clients.
Coming from a construction management firm I saw a lot of inefficiencies in the construction process. Now I'm in a position with Mace that I'm able to control the project, move it forward and work with the consultants on the project to deliver the best solutions for our clients.
- What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
Definitely working on the experience center at Cadillac's headquarters - I hadn’t delivered a project of that scale before and there were incredibly high expectations for the end result. I grew as both a person and as a project manager, working on the project from start to finish. I'm grateful for the opportunity and the faith that Mace and my line manager had in my capabilities even when I doubted myself.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
When I first started in the industry, I had a mentor who told me three things: be yourself, be true to yourself and treat others how you want to be treated. I always try to keep that in mind in my relationships with people I work with. I'd also say to people not to worry about where you’re going in your career; make sure you love what you do otherwise you won’t succeed, and don’t be afraid to start over if you need to.
- What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
- There's a big trend in collaboration - working with contractors - and project managers - and engaging with the architect and engineer to get buy-in rather than taking a top-down approach. It will be about working together to achieve a common goal.
“I really like the collaborative approach taken at Mace, with everyone working together to deliver for clients.”