Programme Director for Rail
David joined Mace in June 2015 as a programme director for rail. He has a portfolio of experience including prestigious rail improvement works, five years on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has worked as a programme manager at one of the UK's biggest airports.
- Why the construction industry and rail in particular?
- I was always interested in building things when I was younger, particularly Lego. I took A-levels in maths and physics and when I stated looking at careers, the idea of building things to improve people’s lives appealed. I think that is why rail is so appealing – it requires a diverse skill set to deliver projects and programmes and, right now, we have some really exciting projects to look forward to.
- How has your career progressed since joining Mace?
After joining Mace, we almost immediately won a large programme of works with London Underground. I lead our team on this commission and support our business unit director with the leadership of the rail team.
I’m also about to start Mace’s Developing our Future programme which will be a great opportunity to grow my network. It will also provide a great platform to learn more about the strategic approach across the various business units and understand how the business will grow up to 2020.
- What attracted you to Mace?
- I worked with a number of Mace people while I was working on the Olympics build and made some strong relationships. I’ve always liked the company's values and the way Mace delivers projects, and felt that I fitted with the Mace way.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- You need to be able to manage a number of competing demands and ensure the client is always happy and getting the service they require. You must also be empathetic and understand where your clients and team members may be in their thinking. Energy and a sense of humour also helps to make the workplace fun and enjoyable.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Think about your current role and if it's helping you make the next step to the next role. Learn something new each day and make sure you aren’t stagnating. Be flexible in your approach and take in a wide variety of experiences. Set objectives that will stretch you. Understand that you need to have competence in delivering and managing small projects before you can do large projects. Accept that you will make mistakes along the way but make sure you learn from them.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I'm a huge fan of sport and will play and watch whenever I can – I think this stems from my dream to be a professional footballer. I train my son’s football team and I have convinced my whole family to become Spurs supporters!
“Rail requires a diverse skill set to deliver projects and programmes and we have some really exciting projects to look forward to.”