1. What is your role at Opus?
I am a Principal Engineer/Project Manager with the Christchurch Office. For the past four years, I have been seconded to the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). SCIRT is responsible for the rebuild of the earthquake damaged horizontal infrastructure, and I have worked my way up to the Professional Services and Design Manager role (which is a role in the Management Team reporting to the Executive General Manager). I have been responsible for leading and managing up to 180 designers from 18 different design consultancies.
2. What do you enjoy the most in your current role?
The people, the culture, and what we have achieved.
3. What has been your biggest career achievement?
Each year I feel I am achieving more and more. In the last few years, I started at SCIRT as a Designer/Project Manager in one of the four design teams. I was then elevated to be the leader of that team (44 designers). When the role of Design Manager became available, I applied and succeeded, and became responsible for 180 designers. In December 2014, I then became part of the Management Team in my current role as Professional Services and Design Manger. This experience has been incredible. SCIRT was awarded the ICE Brunel Medal in 2013 (only once previously awarded to a group from the Southern Hemisphere), won the 2014 Supreme Award at Champion Canterbury, and I am proud to have been awarded as Highly Commended in the category of Professional Woman of the Year at the 2015 Hays National Women in Construction Excellence Awards 2015.
4. Outside of Opus, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I am the Chair of the Canterbury Rugby Supporters Club and have a season ticket soI spend a lot of time watching/supporting rugby, attending all home games and travelling to some of the away games. I even went to Chicago last year to watch the All Blacks play the USA. I have also started running this year. I am incredibly slow, but very proud of having stuck with the training, and have achieved a couple of 10km runs so far.
5. What advice would you give to people beginning their career?
I encourage people to do as I have always done - aim to be and do the best that you can.