S3E51: Project Controls Evolution & Attracting Talent with Niall Faris, Simon Taylor & Hezron Ricketts
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In this episode, Dale & Val talk to Niall Faris, Simon Taylor and Hezron Ricketts about the value of Project Controls and why people, technology and talent are important to the journey of projects.
Hezron is a project controls specialist with 17 years of experience in delivering planning and project controls on major programmes such as London 2012 Olympics, High Speed 2, Ministry of Defence, Thames Tideway super sewer and many more.
Having worked for client, contractors, and consultants he has a broad understanding of the intricacies of the challenges faced by these during delivery.
He puts a strong emphasis on ineffective behaviours and collaboration in tandem with best-practice technical skills to provide project controls.
Added to this he has sought to innovate with the adoption of cutting-edge technology and to push his profession to carry pace with other fast-moving industries.
He is an advocate of equality and providing opportunities for all to flourish despite their circumstances.
Simon's career in construction started in the early 2000s when he took a job as a project manager working within the London Underground supply chain.
Rising through the ranks he soon took on planning, planning manager and head of planning positions delivering some of LU’s most complex programmes, notably the Victoria line upgrade.
He was also heavily involved in planning and controls career development, including direct responsibility for the Transport for London planning apprenticeship.
Simon joined the £56 Billion High Speed Two programme 2015 as Head of Programme Planning where he was responsible for planning and planning capability on the largest infrastructure programme in Europe.
He is now a co-founder of th3rd curve ltd, ex board member for the Association for Project Management, an active member of the APM Planning Monitoring & Control SIG, and co-author of the APM Guide on Planning Monitoring and Control.
Niall is the CEO and Co-Founder of th3rdcurve. Having worked in multiple industries, Niall has had a number of leadership roles in complex programmes including Tideway, TfL PMO, New York MTA and Crossrail.
Niall is passionate about the role and value that Programme Controls can deliver to an organisation and is always seeking to adopt cutting-edge technology and to push his profession to carry pace with other fast-moving industries. He is an advocate of equality and providing opportunities for all to flourish.
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