commercial director – expansion programme,
Heathrow Airport Ltd
Emma-Jane is a highly experienced infrastructure specialist with a strong executive advisor background in major infrastructure projects. Her expertise is based on both coal-face delivery and Big 4 advisory. In the first half of her career she developed solid commercial skills in a range of pre and post contract delivery environments – highlights include her roles at Terminal 5, East London Line Extension, Thameslink and London 2012. Emma-Jane is a chartered quantity surveyor and her comprehensive delivery experience has enabled her to gain first-hand commercial experience across the end-to-end construction supply chain. It was this mix of roles, and the very different delivery environments within which she operated, that sparked a deep interest for Emma-Jane regarding the link between commercial ‘ethos’ and the resulting performance of project teams and their extended supply chains.
In the second half of her career in consulting Emma-Jane specialised in this area. Specifically, she developed core expertise in the creation and optimisation of collaborative structures including partnerships, alliances and joint ventures. Highlights include designing complex commercial models for rail alliances of multi-parties, advising boards across a range of sectors on collaborative procurement models – particularly the merits of procuring for value instead of lowest capex cost - and working with infrastructure organisations around organisation development to build high performing integrated delivery teams.
Currently, Emma-Jane is Heathrow’s Commercial Director for Expansion. She is responsible for cost, procurement, contracts and supplier management for this mega infrastructure investment. She is drawing on the best of her delivery and consulting experience to design and run a 21st c fit-for-purpose Commercial Function that is an active enabler for Expansion success, that supports an Enterprise delivery model and that puts collaboration at the heart of Expansion delivery. Emma-Jane is passionate about the construction industry and all it has to offer and is actively working with government, industry and suppliers to address the productivity challenge.
In her spare time she enjoys mentoring, reading Agatha Christie and spending as much time as possible at the farm where she keeps her horse.