Euan Harrison, Senior Programme Manager - Mace Group
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Euan Harrison

Senior Programme Manager

Consultancy, UK

Euan is a highly experienced manager in infrastructure programmes associated with utilities and ports. Using his hands-on experience from his early career he has brought considerable expertise to many of Mace’s projects across the UK, ensuring maximum value for our clients.

How did you get into what you do?

I did a degree in geography and then a master's in construction management. My thesis was on sustainability in construction, which led me to spend the first few years of my career in consultancy, focusing on sustainability standards.

I then moved to a company to work in construction project management and in 2010 found myself looking for my next challenge. I wanted to work on big scale projects and an opportunity came up at Mace. Despite living in Scotland, I worked in Reading for the first 18 months. It might sound mad but utilities work can be quite disparate so I’d been used to travelling all over the country.

How has your career progressed since joining Mace?

I joined Mace as a programme manager working in utilities and now I’m a framework lead for three clients within the major programmes and infrastructure division. I’m also the programme lead on behalf of the Scottish Enterprise, which means I develop projects through the Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme, and I also oversee Mace’s framework with Associated British Ports.

I have more of an oversight role now as I’m managing a number of projects at any one time. I get to do some interesting projects around business development in between managing a large team.

What are you proudest of at Mace?
The teams that we’ve got. Not to sound trite, but I’ve seen a number of people who have come up from the graduate scheme and now they’re professionals in their own right. I can’t take the credit for it but it’s rewarding to see. As an organisation we’re good at creating the environments that people need to grow and succeed. We challenge people and, if you’re up for it, you’ll respond well.
What do you see as the big trend for your specialism in the next five years?
Low carbon economies. We’re moving away from fossil fuel energy but we’re still only at the beginning. England and the rest of the world could learn a lot from Scotland, we’re really cracking it there.
What do you hope you will be doing in the next 5-10 years?

Delivering the projects that I’m currently working on. They’re long-term and I still get bizarrely excited by infrastructure projects and seeing them through to the end. Unlike most companies, Mace gives people the opportunity to work on projects that really interest them.

I’d also love to be doing a PhD in Classics – in particular in Roman history – not that it would forward my career, but just because it fascinates me.

What are you passionate about outside of work?
Queen of the South Football Club. They’re not always that successful but they’re local and my whole family is from the area. We’re all waiting for the return of the glory days in the 1950s. I’m dragging my four-year-old daughter along to matches at the moment, which I’m not sure she appreciates.
If you hadn’t got into this line of work what do you think you might be doing?
I would have been a train driver – it’s still a dream of mine.
Euan Harrison, Senior Programme Manager - Mace Group

“As an organisation we’re good at creating the environments that people need to grow and succeed.”