Assistant Project Manager
“I see health and safety (H&S) as an immense opportunity for JLL. We can enhance our mentality towards H&S and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to our teams. We’ll strive towards more accurate and regular H&S reporting with safety at the forefront of all of our projects.”
Jack has long had a deeply rooted passion for bricks and mortar, having first trained as a carpenter and then finding work at construction sites after college in his native UK. A few years of hands-on experience in construction management led him to a supervisory position as a construction site project manager at one of the leading carpentry and joinery contractors (Ruddy Joinery Ltd) in London.
Feeling that he had found his calling, Jack wanted to supplement his industry knowledge through more formal training. He did so through completing a construction management diploma which made him eligible to becoming a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB).
It was personal circumstances that brought Jack to Hong Kong, and he secured his current role with JLL not long after arriving in this region. So far, he has been involved in project management for the refurbishment and relocation of offices in the investment and asset management, travel and legal sectors.
“It has been a bit of a learning curve for me now working in project management in contrast to site management. I’ve developed a lot of new skills along the way. I’ve also benefitted a lot from getting exposure to aspects of a construction project like the pre-construction and procurement stages. My understanding in construction became more well rounded in this way,” says Jack.
Among his new projects is enhancing health and safety (H&S) in the design and build sector as the new H&S champion for the Project & Development Services (PDS) business in Hong Kong.
In his spare time, Jack takes advantage of many of the beautiful hikes in and around Hong Kong and recently turned his hand to exploring the city’s surf spots.
“My real passion is for football. I play for a newly developed team run by the Hong Kong Scottish Rugby Football Club called the Eagles with whom I play a game and train each week. I also play with the JLL Thursday lunch group, which is a great opportunity to connect with people from all over the business that I may not normally interact with on a daily basis.”
It started with a desire to keep himself occupied during the pandemic, but Jack managed to cover the 36 mile circumference of Hong Kong Island on one eventful day, which lifted his spirits and improved his mindfulness. He has now set a target to walk approximately 20 hikes around Hong Kong, averaging 50 km per hike, in support of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre and the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children in Hong Kong. That's a marathon every time Jack sets out!