Ashley Scannello
Experienced People

Ashley Scannello

Project Manager

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.
Ashley Scannello

“I really like the collaborative approach taken at Mace, with everyone working together to deliver for clients.”