Gerard Kelly has recently joined CMD as a Construction Manager and comes to us with a wealth of experience in the construction industry to coordinate projects from start to finish, including organising the schedule of work, costings and budget.
We are delighted to have Gerard on the CMD team and are excited for what he will bring to the role and to CMD collectively. We caught up with Gerard to find out a bit more about him:
Tell us a bit more about your career and education to date?
I studied at the University of Ulster and graduated with a BSc in Science in 2002. I have always been an advocate of practical training on the job and during my education, I was lucky enough to be able to work part-time in the construction industry.
Immediately after graduating, I was employed by a local company to manage major projects across Ireland and UK to progress sites from the initial plan concepts through to completion. After several years I moved to another construction company, leading a site management department and working on major fit out projects in Dublin.
What is the most important thing you have learned in your previous roles?
Throughout my previous roles, teamwork and dedication to the project would be the two main learning curves. As a Construction Manager, it is important to be dedicated to both the company and the client to ensure communication levels are regular throughout project timelines. Most importantly, believe in yourself and always think outside the box.
Commercial awareness is also vital to ensure clients receive high quality and sustainable projects while ensuring it is delivered on time and within budgets by setting benchmarks and continuously monitoring progress.
What has been your career highlight to date?
Working as a Construction Manager on Oracle block A was definitely a highlight as the project achieved one of the highest ratings within LEED (LEED Platinum).
Do you have any hobbies or interests?
I am a keen long distance cycler and when I’m not on the road, I enjoy reading and hunting in the countryside.
Tell us how you plan to help CMD grow and develop?
My aim in CMD is to ensure clients aspirations are identified early on and this is taken into consideration in the initial design stages. I would like to build a strong team with experienced, knowledgable and dedicated staff to grow the company through team building and brainstorming events to include employees in future plans and understand their opinions on this. I will also be overseeing areas such as quality training and putting procedures in place to ensure our employees receive the most up to date training in regards to health and safety procedures.
Are you excited about the role?
I am delighted to have joined CMD at this exciting time for the company as they are focused on continued growth and have ambition to achieve success. My new position in CMD has introduced me to modern technology and streamlined construction management processes.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I wouldn’t change very much, I’m grateful for the years of experience that I have gained in the construction industry which can be used to my advantage in my new role with CMD.