Delivering complex projects or implementing strategic change is often challenging, even for experienced organisations. It is easy to get off track and sometimes a fresh perspective can be invaluable. Having an experienced “critical friend” for advice and support can be beneficial, or you may just want to know that you have a trusted advocate within a wider team.
Together we can focus on:
- Client objectives – what are the objectives, what’s important, what isn’t.
- Review – where is the project up to, what should be done next.
- Decision making – are decisions being made on time, what are the blockers – what should be done?
- Problem solving – running issues to ground, clear recommendations for actions and decisions.
- Strategic development – new initiatives, new markets. Who is needed to help, developing the strategy and the case to support it.
- Direction – making sure teams know what they need to do next.
- Critical friend – advice, challenge, encouragement and candid feedback.
- “Being the bridge” – sometimes it’s as simple as getting the communication between people working well and picking up the phone.
We’ve worked with Austin for many years. He’s bright, driven and makes things happen. He’s collaborative, quirky and builds relationships based on integrity and being straightforward. He has gravitas and others trust him to act in their best interests.
Austin operates, and influences, at both top table and coal face to generate compelling strategies and deliver them. He manages complex projects in sectors from healthcare to regeneration and gains and honours trust from a wide range of stakeholders.
Austin has a long-standing reputation for strong client and stakeholder management, backed up by the ability to get transactions across the line. Great at bid leadership, understanding the big picture and simplifying it to help communication. He’s an intellectually critical friend – he’s always got an opinion!
Austin is not stuck in a set way of delivery – he listens to what clients communicate and shapes teams to deliver what they want. He’s always setting ambitious targets for sustainability on projects and pushing teams to go further.
A talented leader of partnerships, Austin created our work on regeneration, bringing public and private sector experts together to develop our plan. He led us from the contractors demise towards a construction partner to get Midland Met built. Able to bridge the gap between strategy and implementation.