Fiona Barry | London Underground

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I joined the Transport for London Project Management Graduate Scheme in September 2013 because I was keen to experience the challenges and opportunities of implementing the organisation’s largest capital investment programme in over 80 years. Having studied project management during my undergraduate degree, I had gained a passion for this subject and was keen to undertake the vital role of project manager to ensure the delivery of quality improvements across the network to meet ever increasing demand.

Working as a Graduate Project Manager, my role involved working on a variety of different construction projects to gain experience of management from design through to handover. During the scheme, I was able to develop my competency by supporting the delivery of some of the organisation’s largest and most high profile projects. My first placement was on the Northern Line Extension, supporting the drafting of the Contract and managing the ground investigation works ahead of the delivery of two new underground stations which underpin the redevelopment of Vauxhall and Battersea.

During the following rotations, I was able to work on a variety of projects, from operational change programmes to the optimisation of design proposals for road improvements. On my final placement, I worked on Victoria Station Upgrade, contributing to the delivery of a new Northern ticket hall, enlargement of the existing Southern ticket hall and step free interchanges.

Since rolling off the scheme in 2015, I have worked on the £89m construction of a new Underground Station at Nine Elms. I am now acting Project Manager accountable for the delivery of several key work packages as well as managing the delivery of key work packages to corporate standards and programme requirements, in addition to supporting and assuring the main Design and Build works undertaken by the Principle Contractor, to deliver the new station.

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