Director of Project Controls
Turning raw data into real business insight, Kate Bleazard is helping our clients completely transform project delivery. Kate has an eye for understanding complex systems and finding data driven solutions for the most daunting of tasks. From project dashboards to critical decision-making, Kate is supporting our clients to redefine the boundaries of ambition in data management, process engineering and programme controls.
- How did you get into what you do?
I started my career in banking for Santander, working in IT project management, financial and business reporting. In 2011 I left banking for a role in events management at the London Olympic Park, where Mace was the programme manager. Two years later I joined Mace to take on a data management role in Hong Kong and now I’m leading our project controls practice.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
I’ve always had a passion for using data to improve things and make them work better. What I enjoy most about my role is seeing radical improvements in project delivery as a result of data insights that we generate. And this is applicable across all sectors, from large scale healthcare programmes to retail, residential and technology. I also enjoy helping our teams work more efficiently as a result of processes we’re putting in place. It’s quite extraordinary to witness how complicated tasks that usually take a long time to resolve can happen in minutes due to data insight that we generated or a process automation that we designed.
- How do you redefine the boundaries of ambition in your role?
I’m constantly looking for innovative and creative ways to deliver results and distinctive value for the organisations we work with. I’m exploring the latest technologies to implement and transform the way we undertake tasks, monitor project data and manage project timelines. There is really no limit to the improvements and benefits we can offer to clients when we take a data first approach.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
Working with one of our large automotive clients to manage delivery of their real estate portfolio. Together with my team I developed a portfolio management tool to help them manage all of their projects at the same time, vastly improving visibility of cost and deadlines. We helped the client create a control centre that enabled them to spot trends and take learning to future projects, avoiding snags and delays.
- What skills to you need to be good at your job?
You need to be organised, good at data management and know how datasets fit together. Never underestimate the power of using Microsoft Excel effectively!
Communication is also central to what I do, helping to get project teams on board with the processes we’re driving.
- What are your passionate about outside of work?
I think communities are important and I volunteer for a village organisation which raises funds for local children to develop their sporting abilities. We also fund and cook an annual pensioners’ lunch to ensure we are including all generations in the community.
- If you hadn't got into this line of work, what do you think your might be doing?
I always wanted to be a writer or a teacher but channelling my creativity into data insights is just as exciting. There’s definitely a place for creative minds in the PMO environment.
“There is really no limit to the improvements and benefits we can offer to clients when we take a data first approach. ”