Kirsty Gardner Celebrating Women in Project Management

Kirsty Gardner Celebrating Women in Project Management

Kirsty Gardner


Location: Sydney, Australia

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I moved to Integria Healthcare in September 2018 to establish and bed down a PMO function within a newly formed Commercial and Strategy business unit.

Prior the move, I spent just under 5 years at Blackmores reporting to the current Blackmores CFO where I was nominated by two Executive Team members for the coveted CEO award. At BKL, I managed an enterprise wide program with an ROI of $14 million, across multiple diverse teams covering projects in ANZ, China and rest of Asia. The main deliverable of my program being the protection of the brand, the consumers and Blackmores IP. I have set up successful transparent and simplified Program and Portfolio level executive reporting, risk mitigation and issue management framework, quality assurance, budgeting and forecasting, resource planning and management for the Enterprise-wide programs of work. During my time at BKL the share price went from $14 to $220 at its peak and scaling during times of rapid growth requires a certain amount of bravery. Courage is one of my key traits and I am comfortable holding my own with all stakeholders.

In my last two positions, I have also played a key role in the upskilling of project management capability, establishing a Community of Practice for Project Managers and I enjoy creating a knowledge sharing environment.

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

What I most enjoy is the cross functional nature of the role and the opportunities to learn the end to end of the business. The process improvements that present themselves to me also fascinate me.

The three most important skills I use to successfully deliver projects are:

and communication and collaboration 🙂

I build and nurture my professional network by:

By treating all stakeholders with respect. My internal customers and my external relationships are equally as important. Linkedin as a tool as being a good place to build a professional network. Attending conferences and ensuring you have regular face to face contact with your industry peers is by far the best way to build your network.

At the start of my career, the one thing I wish I had known is:

I wish I had known that help was there and all I had to do was ask for it. I’m generalising here but people aren’t comfortable about asking for help and women even less so than men.

Women who have inspired me so far in my career journey are:

Two senior leaders have inspired my career to date. The first taught me to gain respect, first you have to give it out to your team. Confidence is broken too easily.

The second leader coached me through a turbulent time. She was a neutral soundboard. It so important to have someone who can provide outside perspective.

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Is to start before you are ready! We are in a time were there is data paralysis and you could have achieved the same result had you have started with 70% of the information than waiting for 100% of the information.

My advice for women on finding success as a project manager is:

Adapt your style to different audiences. There are many different archetypes and they all require a different presentation hack.


Hello amazing women of the project management world!

My observation after two decades of working in the project management industry is that our voices as women are simply not heard enough online in articles, podcasts, and across social media channels. Let’s change that!

  1. If you’re a woman working in project management, I want to hear from you! Submit your profile today to make sure to be included in this years event which has already begun.
  2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be inspired by daily posts as we celebrate all of these wonderful women in project management! Feel motivated by their stories, achievements and perspectives.
  3. Tell us how you feel and support other women by including #CelebratingWomenInProjectManagement in your social media posts.
  4. Join our FREE exclusive Celebrating Women in Project Management Facebook group – a new space for women in project management to come together and discuss ideas, give advice, provide support, and network with women from all over the globe.



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