11 May 2016
Meghan McFarlane is a Project Manager within our Project & Cost Management team based in London. She joined WYG in November 2014 after receiving a Youth Mobility Migrant Visa allowing her as an Australian citizen, to live and work in the UK for two years.
During her time with us, Meghan has been involved in taking the lead on a number of assignments enabling her to take a pragmatic approach to deliver quality projects which often exceed client expectations. We take this opportunity to explore her background and the projects she’s enjoyed working on.
What did you study and what attracted you to study this?
After high school I received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Western Australia (UWA). I went on to complete my Masters in Architecture, undertaking the first year at the University of California, Berkeley through a university exchange programme and completed the degree at UWA in 2009.
“I chose to study architecture as I enjoyed art at school and I wanted to use my creativity to have a positive effect on our urban environment.”
How did you get into Project Management and what attracted you to this?
Upon graduating and having gained work experience within an architectural firm whilst studying, I soon realised my skill set was better suited to project management so I completed a Project Management Graduate Programme post university.
The challenges, problem solving and associated rewards to achieve the major milestones throughout a project lifestyle are what attracted me to this particular role.
What are you most passionate about in your role?
Project Management allows me the opportunity to look at the bigger picture as you are exposed to all aspects from brief development, design, programme, cost, construction through to handover. Managing a design team is often challenging as you need to request information with tight deadlines whilst building and maintaining strong working relationships.
“Being able to successfully deliver a project within programme to an excellent quality, not only to satisfy the clients expectations but often exceed them is what I find really rewarding as a Project Manager.”
How does your work make a positive impact?
Being able to work on a range of projects that ultimately provide buildings and infrastructure that have a positive impact on a community, whether through hospital refurbishments in small communities or delivery of new sporting infrastructure, is very fulfilling.
What projects are you most proud of?
Over the last 18 months at WYG, I’ve been working on the infrastructure delivery for a 700 unit housing development to help relieve the housing shortage in that area. The development has two phases so I am concurrently overseeing the construction of the first phase, managing the planning design team for the second phase, whilst handling the often conflicting priorities of the three clients, which has been a personal challenge for me.
It has been rewarding to successfully complete the different milestones, such as the end of the first phase construction and planning submission for the second phase. Being able to react to problems as they arise and effective time management and prioritisation of tasks have been key to providing a great service and exceeding the clients’ expectations.