Christanna (Chris) Bevin
CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 2020 SERIES
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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Chris has worked project and project management roles in the mining, resources, infrastructure and energy sectors for nearly two decades – across Australia and overseas. She considers herself fortunate to have held have both site/project focused and corporate roles.
Chris places the root of her success to being an innovative thinker who provides and enables leadership across her teams (often multi-disciplinary and geographically diverse). She is focused on optimising performance, capability building, mentoring and coaching.
In addition to her proven success in project delivery from concept, design, execution to commissioning and operational readiness, Chris has a significant background in project controls, contract and procurement and risk management.
Chris is passionate about optimising stakeholder engagement to foster ownership of project change and is acknowledged for her balanced judgement, solutions based approach, safety leadership and commitment to continuous improvement.
In addition to holding an Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) Certified Practising Project Manager and her international equivalency, Chris has an MBA and is currently completing a Masters in Project Management and her Certified Project Director recognition. Chris is a mentor in the AIPM Mentoring Program.
What is your project management super power?
Commonsense and thinking outside the box.
How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?
Improved awareness of the profession and mentoring/support from women already in the profession.
As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?
Adaptability and resilience.
How do you recover from difficult situations?
Take a step back, breathe, try and look at the situation through a different lens… find the ridiculous in the situation so you can have a laugh (trust me, you can find humour in almost any situation), and then refocus and restart.
What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?
Not dissimilar to recovering from difficult situations – always try and view it from the other person’s perspective, work at identifying the common ground, never make it personal and try to think twice before saying anything you may regret. Above all else be honest and authentic.
Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?
Challenges, changes and opportunity.
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