Meet the five Project Managers that are building Canberra

Posted 5 June 2018

Meet the five Project Managers that are building Canberra

Project managers wear many hats. Insiders know they are the glue that make projects stick - with strong leadership, stakeholder management, and exceptional levels of service.

We have seen a shift in how Project Managers approach their work. Our five finalists in the Master Builders ACT Project Manager of the Year exemplify the innovation and drive that we are seeing across the industry.

Meet the five finalists:

  • Priscilla Barrington
  • Stuart Christian
  • Sean Hague
  • Phillip Ma
  • Kirsty Reaks

Priscilla Barrington
Company: SHAPE Australia
Project(s): 2-6 Bowes St, Australian Public Service Commission, Global IT Company + others

Priscilla is an excellent communicator, who has led multiple teams on multiple projects over the last 12 months, including the ACT Health Head Office. Her building and construction knowledge is the foundation of her value management and best-for-project approach, which facilitates a platform for negotiation and better outcomes. Priscilla's ongoing commitment to best practice is reflected in the training she provides in assisting up-coming project managers deliver to the highest standards. During this period, Priscilla has achieved perfect deliver on every project. This means projects are verified by the client as on time, on budget and defect-free at the time of handover.

Stuart Christian
Company: Core Building Group Pty Ltd
Project: Salt Apartments

Stuart, often described as "firm but fair", has an outstanding ability to develop positive rapport with all stakeholders, including everyone involved with the Salt Apartments project. Known for his willingness to support the professional growth of his team members, Stuart is equally committed to expanding his own knowledge base and keeping up-to-date with changes to standards, codes and regulations. His on-site systems and practices ensure the safety and efficiency of all contractors. He sets a high standard of expectation and achieves exceptional results. Stuart's appointment as senior project manager of the Ruby precinct in Gungahlin, Core's largest project to date, is a credit to his dedication to his craft.

Sean Hague
Company: Manteena Commercial Pty Ltd
Project(s): High Commission of Samoa and St Mary MacKillop College (Stage 1)

Sean understands the building and construction from the ground up - literally. He started in the industry as an apprentice bricklayer and has risen through the ranks to become a highly-respected project manager. Working on large-scale fitout projects, including the High Commission of Samoa and St Mary MacKillop College (Stage 1), Sean shows exceptional skill at sensitive stakeholder liaison and producing easy-to-interpret floor plans. His dedication to ethical standards and practices has resulted in repeat subcontractor business throughout the organisation. In 2017, Sean was presented with both the ACT and 2017 National Australian Institute of Building Award for Commercial Fitout (Previous $10m Category).

Phillip Ma
Company: Built Pty Ltd
Project: Brindabella Christian College Junior School

Phillip's "eye for detail" and "extreme" professionalism was noted in the delivery of the state-of-the-art Brindabella Christian College Junior School project, driven by exacting educational, architectural, functional and acoustic requirements. He drew on his considerable experience to identity and source the best products and materials to meet the brief. Throughout the build, Phillip showed exceptional capacity to lead a cohesive team in navigating uncontrollable events to meet the critical project deadline - day 1 of the 2018 school year. The project ignited interest in the construction industry by the school's senior College students. Phillip and his project team paved the way for students' streamlined entry into Built's existing graduate programs.

Kirsty Reaks
Company: Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd
Project: ACT Resealing Contract

Kirsty's proactive and inclusive leadership style underpins her ability to manage complex projects, including the ACT Road Resealing Program, Australia's largest road surfacing contract of its kind. She thinks "outside of the box" to achieve consistently successful results. With a consultative approach, Kirsty promotes best work practices. She is committed to the care and welfare of all stakeholders, as demonstrated through the implementation of quality, zero harm, environmental sustainability, innovation, research and development principles. Kirsty is involved in a six-week secondment program with partner organisation, Jawun, which places skilled corporate workers into indigenous organisations, to promote a cross-transfer of skills.

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