5 Mins with Q & A

15th December 2021

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In our series of ‘5 minutes with…’ interviews, we meet the people behind the projects:

What does project management mean to you?

Collaborative team working under the guidance of a project lead. It’s not so much the technical aspects of a project, but the people who help to deliver them.

Which clients do you work with?

I work with Hermes, Tristan, Columbia Threadneedle, KKR and Hammerson.

Why did you choose to work in the commercial property sector?

I have previously worked in different sectors supporting varying scales of programme and projects in IT, Retail and Government. However, I have always had an interest in commercial property, which stems from my late father who was an architect, he would often bring home mock-up models of buildings he was designing, which fascinated me as a child.

What has been your standout moment at Workman so far?

I have worked for Workman for nearly 10 years. In that time, I’ve been lucky to work on some great projects, and love seeing the full project lifecycle phases that take the project from beginning to end. I have co-ordinated many events, including the annual staff Christmas party for 700+ people, which requires significant logistical control.

Tell us how you have put your project training to its best use on a Workman project?

I obtained my PRINCE2 certification prior to joining Workman, working on a large-scale Government IT programme which ran for 48 months.

PRINCE2 stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments, it’s a training programme used and recognised globally. Having been taught this process-based method for effective project management helps me to always take a consistent and organised approach. The principles of the training are transferable and also scalable, so the processes can be flexed and adapted to meet the needs of any project, regardless of size or scale.

What has been your biggest project management challenge, and how did you overcome it?

I find the biggest challenge is working towards fixed deadlines, for example when working on a bid submission, having to bring everything together and manage everyone’s expectations. Communication is key.

What are your spare time pursuits and how do they contribute to your role at Workman?

Time out is important. I particularly enjoy travel and cooking. I have combined these recently by going on a cooking retreat in Tuscany. Having a break from the workplace refreshes your thinking and keeps you focused on the big picture.

What has been your most significant achievement outside work, and what did it teach you?

We moved home just before lockdown, and the property we bought needed quite a lot of renovation, which was an even greater challenge during the pandemic. I used my project management skills to coordinate the refurbishment, including keeping a project plan and cost schedule, my husband was impressed with my micro-management of the detail – and the end result.

What is your favourite building worldwide, and why?

My favourite building is the Dancing House in Prague, which was inspired by the dance skills of famous film couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed four years later in 1996. I was seconded to work on a project for six months in Prague and was fortunate to work inside this architectural gem.