I started my career working for Ericson as a bid manager, before moving into the IT industry to do bid management and financial analysis. I focused on the financial aspects of a new deal – such as costs and margins – to make sure it was viable.
After 15 years on the pre-sale side, I was keen to get into project management to experience the post-sale process. There are lots of cross-transferable skills between the two professions, and I wanted to see what it was like to deliver something that had already been sold, and experience the full life cycle of the sale.
As project manager, I’m responsible for planning and organising all our training projects. That could include working on any number of internal Thales projects, as well as various projects for external customers. My role generally involves making sure everything is on track from a planning perspective, making sure communication is going out to all the correct people at the right time, and making sure all scheduling is done properly and that sign-off has been acquired where necessary.
I also get involved in bid management, having worked closely with our Head of Business Development to put an effective bid process in place, and I’ve helped put together our course design process.
What I like about working for TLD
I really like the people, and some of the projects have moved into the experiential learning arena – equine guided learning or fire fighting, for example – so it’s great to be a part of that and see people come away from it very reflective.
I also enjoy helping out with the Future Leaders programme. It’s something a bit different – building up talent in exciting, outside-the-box ways as opposed to just traditional classroom learning.
Most of my activities are focused around my three-year-old son’s social life – he goes to more parties than I do!
But I also love music, reading, and visiting national trust parks when I can.