We are excited to announce our expansion into the European marketplace. Recognized global technical expert in cost, planning, estimating and risk, Christine McLean will serve as the Managing Director and Director of Project Controls training for our new, London-based office. The move to expand into new international markets will allow Management Solutions to further address the worldwide shortage of skilled project managers and project controllers.
“The global economy as a whole has become more project-oriented and the demand for advanced project management and controls skills now extends beyond traditional sectors giving rise to a distinct increase in the number of jobs requiring advanced project-oriented skills,” said CEO, Misty Mayes. “Christine is a highly skilled practitioner having served with some of the world’s largest technical engineering firms. Her passion to expand the industry and advocate for continuous professional development to develop the skills of new and existing project controllers aligns fully with our mission and makes her a tremendous asset to our team.”
Prior to joining Management Solutions, McLean led a 200-person team with Jacobs, with the responsibility for planning, cost, risk and post contract estimating both in the UK and abroad. Additionally, she led change management initiatives to improve project control-wide objectives for the firm. As a seasoned, veteran project controls specialist, she has championed many successful project controls initiatives over nearly two decades having also served in leadership roles for Wood’s oil and gas division in the UK.
“Europe is no different from the rest of the world. There is a global shortage of project managers and project controllers and with every year that passes that this is not addressed, more people are retiring and that knowledge is being lost from all industries,” said McLean. “Individuals can now study project management at the university level, but the same cannot be said for project controls. People tend to ‘fall’ into project controls rather than opt for it as a career choice from school. I am thrilled to join Management Solutions as I share the same vision and mission with Misty to provide global expert training to as many individuals, companies and countries as I can.”
McLean lives out her passion to advance not only the industry but the people working in it. In addition to her new role at Management Solution, she will continue to serve as vice president for the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE). She also serves as a route panel member for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), which is a government body whose vision is for a world-leading apprenticeships and technical education system that equips people from all backgrounds for skilled occupations contributing to increased economic productivity.
“To date over 200,000 individuals have started on apprenticeships which have come through during my tenure,” added McLean. “I’d like to think I have played a small part in changing the lives, careers and social mobility for each and every individual.”
McLean will be providing training and understanding in global best practices to the new and expanding European team working to up-skill both the current and future generations. She is also excited to bring Management Solutions’ proprietary training program, ELITE (Excellence in Leadership, Integrity and Technical Excellence) to Europe providing individuals not only with technical knowledge, but also the experience and knowledge of application in the real world.