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Nicola Bennett

Contact

(03) 365 4328

nicola@theprojectoffice.co.nz

Qualifications

BE (Mech) University of Auckland

Prince 2

Nicola Bennett

With a pragmatic, solutions-driven approach and open communication style, Nicola is a highly accomplished Project Manager. Her background in mechanical engineering saw her gain valuable experience in the New Zealand forestry industry, followed by seven years in the UK working on large-scale projects for London Rail.

Throughout her career Nicola has honed a valuable skillset. She is particularly adept at procurement and contract preparation in addition to providing end-to-end project management services. Having worked in the local government sector on a wide variety of projects, Nicola is confident collaborating with multiple client and external stakeholders.

With an eye for detail and a highly organised approach, Nicola comfortably brings together both creative and analytical thinking to solve problems and keep projects driving forward. A strong team player, Nicola is confident thinking on her feet to ensure optimal results for her clients.

Core Strengths 

  • A willingness to take ownership of project timelines and to provide clear, decisive direction
  • The ability to energise and motivate others and utilise the skills of the team
  • A creative approach and a readiness to think outside the box
  • Experience in high-level collaboration across multiple industries
  • Strong technical ability with a focus on scope, budget and schedule management
  • A strong leadership style that draws on a combination of experience, initiative and expertise

In Nicola's Own Words
"It's a great feeling being able to take a project from its early beginnings right through to completion. Knowing you've played a part in ensuring a project's successful outcome and having an end result that you can really feel proud of - that's what I love about my job."

Key Projects

Tunnel Cooling Programme London Underground Ltd, London, UK
This fascinating, seven year project investigated and offered solutions for the rising temperatures in London's Underground tube network. As Project Engineer, Nicola's role encompassed managing temperature testing, liaising with contractors, managing time and budget constraints and preparing monthly period performance reports showing progress, issues and objectives to senior management and operations staff.

Auckland City Council - Small Local Improvement Projects (SLIPs)
As Programme and Project Manager, Nicola successfully delivered over 300 approved projects for ten Community Boards in Auckland over a three year period. Her role encompassed programme management and reporting, process and procurement advice, scoping, contract management and closeout of individual projects under the programme. Nicola also acted as client representative; managing the design phase and preparation of tender documents, procurement and consents, stakeholder and contractor liaison and construction monitoring.

BCHF - Medical Assurance Society (MAS) Earthquake Reinstatement Program
As Project Manager, Nicola organised a multi-disciplinary team to deliver the assessment, scoping and eventual reinstatement of over 500 properties insured by MAS. The properties ranged in complexity from multimillion dollar homes through to standard rental properties, medical centres and other commercial buildings. In this role Nicola worked closely with MAS, NZIA architects, contractors and homeowners in an ever-changing post-earthquake environment.

CERA - Residential Red Zone (RRZ) Operations Team Secondment
Nicola assisted the CERA RRZ operations team boost their rates of clearance works in the Christchurch flatlands area, managing the tendering and procurement process for third party operations. As Contracts Manager, Nicola was required to efficiently and effectively procure and deploy contractors for the clearance of Crown owned land, ultimately creating open, safe and secure spaces to facilitate the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Lyttelton Port Company - LCT Building Demolition
This project involves the demolition of the six-story LCT Building, including removal of the entire structure, floor slab and foundations. Located in a highly visible area of the port, the building sits in the midst of 500-800 daily truck movements. Working within a confined, high traffic area, Nicola is running a very tight ship in order to maintain cost efficiencies and a safe working environment, whilst minimising any disruption to day-to-day port operations.

Nicola Bennett

Project Manager

  • BE (Mech) University of Auckland

  • Prince 2

nicola@theprojectoffice.co.nz (03) 365 4328