Age 29

Where are you based at the moment (who do you work for)?

I work for Turner & Townsend and based in their Cape Town office

In what year did you complete your honours degree?

2012

What path did you follow before ending up with your current company?

I worked for a Construction company (WBHO) in the Contracting industry as a Site Manager prior to moving into the Consultancy industry as a Project Manager for a large international company called ‘Mace Management Services’. I was lucky enough to be involved in the V&A Waterfront Silo Precinct Projects comprising of the following buildings and saw them from commencement to completion before moving on to Turner & Townsend.

  • Car Park Phase 2 - New two level basement parking, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (32 260 m²)
  • District Sea Water Cooling, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - R50,000,000.00 including VAT
  • Silo Precinct Retail units –New white shell retail units, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (1 450 m²)
  • No 3 Silo - New 3 tower, eleven-storey, 79 luxury apartment building (12 700 m²)
  • No 4 Silo – New Virgin Active Gym, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (3800 m²)
  • No 5 Silo – New five-storey commercial office building (including fit out for PWC and Werksmans) V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (17 300 m²)
  • No 6 Silo - New 252 key Radisson Red Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (12 350 m²)
  • Grain Silo re-development (MOCAA Museum and Boutique Hotel), V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (16 700 m²)

What is your current position and what does the role entail?

Project Manager. One of my roles is as the Project Co-ordinator for the South African business of a Key Client of our company.  This entails managing the projects at a PMO level throughout the country. In addition I am responsible for the planning, procurement and execution of a number of other large mixed use development projects as well as compiling proposals for potential new projects.

What advice would you give a current construction management student?

Get us much work experience as you can during your varsity years. Obtaining a technical understanding will assist vastly in understanding the content of the subjects you will be studying and assist in your studies greatly. If you are wanting to go into Consulting I would recommend that you at least do a year working on site in the Contracting industry prior to moving into Consultancy as it provides you with an extremely good base for understanding timelines, construction processes and buildability.

What was your favourite module?

Doing my Treatise 

Who was your favourite lecturer?

Prof. John Smallwood

What are your plans for the next 5 to 10 years?

To increase my experience and exposure on large mixed use developments managing multiple personal and projects for key Clients to advance my career with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the youngest Directors in our Company.