Christine Leach, Senior Project Manager - Mace Group
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Christine Leach

Senior Project Manager

Consultancy, North America

Christine first joined Mace's public sector team and has embraced different opportunities within the company ever since. Having also worked in the UK-based international team, Christine made the move to our North America business and is now a senior project manager supporting our corporate real estate and retail clients.

How did your career lead you to Mace?

At university I studied civil engineering and after I graduated I began working for a large engineering firm in its government and defence sector. Then I moved into bids, proposals and business development. It introduced me to the industry and I gained a lot of valuable experience. After two and a half years I joined Mace in their public sector consultancy team covering London and the south east.

Since joining Mace how has your career progressed?

I started working on health and regeneration projects and after some time transferred into the UK-based international team by applying for an internal position. This allowed me to travel for work around the world, including to Croatia, France, Jordan, Macedonia and South Africa.

I recently completed Mace's Developing Success programme at Imperial College London, which has helped me to develop my leadership skills so I'm better able to manage projects and teams more effectively.

I'm now putting this into practice having made the move to Mace's North America project management team in New York where I'm working with clients in the corporate real estate and retail sectors. The opportunities to travel and work with different people across a range of sectors is really exciting and one of the big attractions to working at Mace.

What skills do you need to be good at your job?

Analytical skills are important to solve technical, managerial and commercial problems on projects. It’s also important to work well with others. Construction projects are delivered by teams and therefore understanding and contributing to what makes a high performing team is essential.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?

People come into construction project management from a variety of backgrounds. I don’t think there is one route which is better than any others. I have an engineering background which is a path I would recommend as it provided me with a solid understanding of construction. Additionally, my experience of engineering principles helps me to understand the technical aspects of my projects.

What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?

Advances in technology and the digital revolution are providing new exciting opportunities across construction, acting as a catalyst for innovation. A better use of available data provides significant opportunities to develop and manage projects in a better way and learn from previous projects. The ability to work remotely from project locations through efficient digital solutions has also changed and will continue to improve project teams as well as the way we work.

What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?

I hope to continue my progress within Mace, gaining new experiences in different countries and sectors. I also aim to encourage more people to join the industry as I believe there is a wealth of opportunity working on exciting innovative projects, which support growth across the UK and internationally.

If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?

 It’s impossible to know but I enjoy problem solving, travel and working in a role where every day is different, so I would definitely be looking for something that offered all of those things. 

Christine Leach, Senior Project Manager - Mace Group

“Advances in technology and the digital revolution are providing new and exciting opportunities across construction, acting as a catalyst for innovation.”