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Posted: 13th July
By: rlf

60 Seconds with… Ross Gates

Ross Gates is a Partner based in the London office.

What do you enjoy about your job?

Joining RLF to take on the development of project management services has meant creating a start-up style project management business that has both required and allowed me to engage directly with our clients as we build our capability organically. Personally, working directly on our projects is a unusual pleasure for me.

What is the perception of Project Managers in the industry?

There are growing pockets of candidates coming into our industry who have been trained to believe that good project management is about recording and rearward reporting of progress, accurately advising clients on what has gone wrong, why it has gone wrong and who is to blame. Clients want consultants who pro-actively manage their projects, setting a clear path and then identifying and controlling all potential risks and barriers ‘before’ they occur to ensure a smooth project journey for the wider team.

What challenges/changes do you see for the industry/job over the next few years?

I have been fortunate to work for businesses at the cutting edge of BIM technology and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). I remain frustrated at the slow uptake of these technologies that bring significant efficiencies, cost savings and quality enhancement to projects – not to mention vast improvements in the predictability of health & safety management.

Career plan B would be?

Orthopaedic Surgeon – where my tools of the trade would still include a hammer, chisel and an electric drill.

Favourite Quote?

‘Be nice to people on the way up, as you are certainly going to meet them on the way down’.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Motorcycling and motorcycle racing have been my passion for the past 40 years. Unfortunately, no longer as a rider, but now as spectator and long-term Ducatista – British Superbikes, World Superbikes and MotoGP.

Favourite holiday destination?

Denmark – taking the overnight ferry from Harwich to Esjberg.

Favourite building?

The German Pavilion – built for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain.