FROM NAVAL WARFARE SPECIALIST TO SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
“I started with Turner and Townsend as a Project Manager and quickly had a thirst to grow, diversify my experience and be at the top of my game, I involved and aligned myself with the Chartered body for project management (the Association for Project Management) where I have now held the position of regional chairman for a number of years, this involvement and engagement with the profession enabled my wider understanding of, and engagement with other Project professionals which is my top recommendation, engaged with likeminded people and networks.”
During his time at Turner and Townsend, David attained a Chartered Fellow (ChPP, FAPM) status and pushed himself through Northampton University whilst doing his day job, securing a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Masters in Business Administration.
David had a smooth transition to a Senior Project Manager position with Northumbrian Water (NWG), after being seconded to them for a number of years, he described the people who he worked with there as ‘first class’: “I was given the chance and support to innovate with new untried and untested technologies which in the end turned into a really positive outcome for NWG, I was extremely emotionally invested in NWG because of the people, teams, culture and projects, if it wasn’t my drive for progression and diversification in what I do I would still be there, it felt like family, it felt like being back with my crew on the submarines which I have served on over the years, it was very hard to leave.”
David is currently an Associate Director at Atkins, working on Major Infrastructure Projects within a department called the Project Delivery Practice. He is still doing project management, but with more of a strategy and engineering focus, with a hand in line management and growing the business. He said: “I work primarily on Defence projects, but I still dabble in Water Utilities, as a comparison of what I did as a Senior PM to what I do now as an Associate you could say instead of the projects I work on being in the £10-100k/£5-10m bracket they are now in the £100’s of millions to £bn’s bracket with lots of complexity, risk and multiple cross-functional project teams and stakeholders, it’s very challenging, but also exciting stuff.”