Jools Barrow-Read Celebrating Women in Project Management

Jools Barrow-Read Celebrating Women in Project Management

Jools Barrow-Read


Location: Shropshire, UK

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I have worked in the project management space for most of my professional career, undertaking a variety of roles along the way from Project Support to Project Manager, PMO Lead to Enterprise PMO Manager.

After seeing first-hand, the fear poorly managed change can cause within the workplace and serious impact it can have on a business, I decided to make a big change of my own. In 2014, I founded RedWizard, to help organisations set up project, change or transformation solutions, from uncovering the right model to meet their needs to embedding the model in their business ways of working.

From the very beginning, my focus has been on making change a positive and empowering experience for people whilst also delivering real value to businesses.

Tune in to Jool’s Podcast: Building a Successful PMO with Elise Stevens.

What is your project management super power?

I’m passionate and enthusiastic and I work hard to bring that energy to all projects I work on. Although focused on the big picture, I’m able to attend to the finer details when it matters. I take ownership, treating every client’s business with the same care as I treat my own.

How can gender diversity be improved in the project management profession?

More project leaders need to embrace flexibility and offer opportunities for flexible working within the profession, a likely cause for the drop in female professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 but relevant for all.

As project people, we are great at staying focused on the outcomes, so it should be about the work and how that work gets done. Many activities benefit from a face-to-face environment, but many can be performed equally well from home. We know that there is exceptional talent out there who need flexibility, at RedWizard, it’s one of our core values. It promotes collaboration and makes for an awesome team!

As the profession evolves, what skills do you think will be key for future success?

Clearly, AI will have a significant impact on how change is delivered in the future. Predictive analytics could help project leaders make better decisions, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that successful change is still about people. Relationships built on openness, trust and collaboration will remain key to success

How do you recover from difficult situations?

It depends on the situation, but I’m good at stepping back when I need to. If it’s a conflict with another individual, then I’m a big believer in talking it out once the emotion has died down.

What are your tips and techniques for conflict resolution?


– Be specific
– Let them know how the situation has made you feel, and how it has impacted the work/team
– Acknowledge how the situation has made them feel
– Find/agree a way forward

Which 3 words best describe why you enjoy being a project manager?

Ok, not 3 words but I like to push boundaries:

– Diverse work – every day is different
– Seeing a vision come to life
– Delivering great work that will have a positive impact on the lives of many




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