General Director, Country Director for Vietnam
Consultancy, Asia Pacific
- How did you get into what you do?
- I qualified as an electrician in 1999 and I think I knew very early on that my interest was in managing big projects. I was basically following in my dad's footsteps as he also started out as an electrician, and moved over to a management role.
- What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
- No day is the same which keeps life very interesting. Since taking on the business development role in Vietnam, securing work and building relationships has really become a highlight. Developing the team here in Vietnam has also been fantastic over the last two and a half years. We have a very strong team.
- What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
- It was the first project I led as a Project Director. I had never done the role before so I was quite nervous about the whole thing. I was working on the Nokia project and we completed a day early, US$3m under budget, and had over 2.7m man hours without a reportable incident. Because of the achievement we won the Global Excellence Award at the Mace Star Awards [internal Mace awards that recognise individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution to the company], which I proudly collected on our team's behalf.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
You don’t have to go down the university route. Coming up through a trade background also makes a strong, competent manager. For anyone considering the degree route, I would strongly recommend doing it through distance learning and before having a family.
I started an MSc in International Construction Management but the commitment needed, weighed up against my family life, was too great. It's a big regret that I have but it hasn’t held me back, and I couldn’t compromise spending time with my children.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I love teaching my kids, especially to swim. Swimming was something I was exceptionally good at when I was younger, and that makes me drive them to also be the best they can be. I also love golf and I’m the captain of my local pool team.
“I was working on the Nokia project and we completed a day early, US$3m under budget, and had over 2.7m working hours without a reportable incident.”