Growing Business & Careers
What are your qualifications?
I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Planning from Charles Sturt University
How did you come to join APP?
I was invited for coffee by a senior member of APP. This ended up being a discussion about me joining APP to work on a project I had been coveting for some time. Back then, I was a planner and development consultant who made the decision to join a project management consultancy firm that worked predominantly in the building and construction industry.
I had had little exposure, if any, to building and construction, or indeed to project management. So what I had to offer was different, and that was embraced by APP. I had skills and experience in land development, planning and environment. Together with APP, we were able to capitalise on these skills and build a business moving into different sectors and service streams and eventually into different geographic regions.
I joined for a project. I stayed because APP offered me greater career opportunities and an enjoyable workplace.
How has APP helped to grow your career?
APP has extensively broadened my knowledge about how a business operates. It has taught me to think like a client and to understand the commercial nature of decision-making. APP has also taught me how to nurture people through a leadership style that is trusting and non-authoritarian and that encourages entrepreneurialism and autonomy.
Describe the culture/environment at APP?
APP has a hard working, highly motivated culture that, importantly, knows how to celebrate our achievements. Autonomous and entrepreneurial traits are ingrained here. I believe this is why our staff retention is so high.