Consultancy, North America
When Operations Director Gordon Beggy left his native Australia for Ireland in 2005, he thought it would be a one-year adventure. Fifteen years later, an outstanding career in construction and management consulting propelled him to New York where he paves the way for successful project delivery for some of North America’s leading pharma and biotech clients.
- How did you get into construction?
- I come from a family of engineers, architects and designers but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I was a teenager. I worked as a bricklayer’s assistant during the summer holidays and I helped my dad build our family home. Over time, the exposure to the construction industry sparked my interest and I decided to study planning, design and construction management at Melbourne University. The degree was great because it provided a broad understanding of all aspects of construction and helped me realise that I was best suited to project management.
- When did you first encounter Mace?
- After university I rose through the ranks to become a contract manager at a construction company in Australia, before moving with my parents to Ireland. What started as a one-year adventure for me turned into a permanent move and I worked as a contract manager at Dublin Airport for six years, where I collaborated closely with Mace on the Terminal 2 project. I crossed paths with Mace again during four years in London, as delivery lead for Heathrow Terminal 2. A couple of years later I ended up working for one of the Big Four professional services firms who sent me to on a work trip to the U.S., which is where I was reintroduced to Mace.
- Why Mace?
- One thing that always attracted me to Mace is the company’s mission “to continuously pursue a better way”. It’s not just a tag line, it’s an attitude that’s truly reflected in the way we work. Everyone at Mace has an entrepreneurial spirit and we take a can-do approach. The answer is always yes - it’s a matter of how we’re going to do something, not if. As a result, clients across all sectors, from pharma to industrial and commercial, benefit from project managers who feel empowered to make decisions and can navigate through any challenge with confidence. It’s an inspiring atmosphere.
- What makes pharma exciting?
- It’s gratifying to know that the facilities we help to deliver ultimately support the health and wellbeing of the population, whether it’s for cancer drugs or a Covid-19 vaccine. There’s a strong sense of purpose in being able to simplify the complexity of regulatory and statutory requirements for our clients to make sure that these projects are delivered on-time and on-budget. The race against time is faster in pharma than in any other sector. As soon as a lab receives patented research, the clock immediately starts ticking. Clients spend vast amounts of money on research, so there is a crucial sense of urgency to get the products through to manufacturing as quickly as possible.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- Projects are often complex and challenging so you must be a strong communicator and a team player. It’s paramount to develop clear and concise plans that will achieve the best outcome and make sure that everyone on the team buys into the plan. I really believe that if you ask the right questions and use your experience, you can succeed at anything.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- When I’m not working, you can usually find me running around chasing a ball. I played Australian football at a high-level back home, and I really enjoyed playing Gaelic football in Ireland. I’m also a big rugby fan.
- If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
- Had I had it my way, I would have been a centre-forward for Liverpool FC in the UK.
“It’s gratifying to know that the facilities we help to deliver for our pharma clients ultimately supports the health and wellbeing of the population.”