Consultancy, North America
From London to New York via Johannesburg, Jimmy's repertoire is as varied as the stamps in his passport. Since joining Mace in 2008, Jimmy has worked on everything from energy and healthcare projects in the UK, to office developments and train station refurbishments in Sub-Saharan Africa. He's now based in New York heading up a large team.
- What led you to Mace?
My whole family is in construction, so it was only natural that I would be too. I studied surveying at university and as part of that I did an industrial placement. That led to a job after I graduated where I worked for four years focusing on healthcare and universities.
I'd already moved to London when the job at Mace came up. That was in 2008, and I've been with Mace ever since.
- What opportunities have you had during your time at Mace?
My time at Mace has been filled with opportunities. I've been very fortunate to be exposed to lots of different things. I was meant to work in healthcare project management at Mace but on my first day they said: "can you work on an energy project for a couple of weeks?" I ended up there for two years, knowing nothing at first but getting some really good experience. I went back into the healthcare sector after that and over the course of a few years progressed from project manager to associate director.
I began looking at international opportunities with Mace. I considered Russia and Libya before the position in South Africa came up. I spent three years in South Africa that were filled with opportunities, travel and lots of different cultures. From the Johannesburg office we managed accounts in eight other African countries and while I was there, I was able to visit them all.
Now my focus is on managing several client accounts and a fantastic team from our New York office.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
- Being selected for, and then completing, the Developing our Future programme. I felt a real sense of achievement when I completed that. As well as that, I feel very fortunate that I've been able to work in different areas of the business and have been offered the opportunities to work internationally. I feel privileged because Mace keeps investing in me... and because my wife keeps coming with me!
“I feel privileged because Mace keeps investing in me... and because my wife keeps coming with me!”
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- The best advice I can give is to set clear objectives and have a plan of how to achieve them. When it comes to moving internationally with Mace, there are lots of opportunities to do that. If you want to move to another region, do your research, understand what will be different and don't underestimate the challenges of moving to a different country.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I love playing sport, I used to box competitively and still do it as a hobby. I ride my bike a lot, I'm a big Manchester United fan and I enjoy travel. I had been to the US quite a bit, but it's all new in some ways now that I live here. You get to be a tourist in your own backyard when you move somewhere new. I really enjoy living in, and exploring, cities. I've lived all over the world in Sydney, Johannesburg, Nairobi, London, Manchester, Leeds and now New York.