Nicole Reilly Celebrating Women in Project Management 2019 Event

Nicole Reilly Celebrating Women in Project Management 2019 Event

Nicole Reilly


Location: Canterbury, UK

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I operate as an independent consultant, predominantly at Programme or Portfolio Management level where I facilitate executive decision-making and enable organisations to maximise the value derived from their strategic investments. I describe myself as a pragmatic and trusted advisor with a growth mindset, and have a special interest in PPM solutions.

My experience spans just over 25 years’ in operations and change, across business and technology in organisations within financial services, transport, media and outsourcing. I began my career in analytical roles providing performance and market insight for senior managers and sales, marketing, HR and finance functions, which is where my skills in business analysis and data analytics developed. My project management experience comes from 10 years of bringing new and existing products to market in the UK newstrade and video game publishing industries.

I live in Canterbury, UK with my husband and two sons, and I’m passionate about motorsport (watching and doing!).

What I enjoy most about being a project manager is:

Variety – no two days are the same!
The opportunity to collaborate with people at all levels, from different backgrounds and geographies.

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

Active listening
Having a learning mindset
Remembering to “never assume!”

I build and nurture my professional network by:

Active involvement with networking and knowledge sharing groups, in person and online.
Running a Facebook group for PMO practitioners, to share some of the things I’ve learned (and am still learning!)

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

Being a workaholic needs to stop

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

Lindsay Scott; Eileen Roden; Louise Goodman; Susie Woolf; Madonna

The most valuable advice I have ever been given is:

Never assume!

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

Be confident and assertive; beware of being over-helpful.


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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