Niall commenced his career on the Jubilee Line Extension Project in the 1990’s, following his father into the industry and working on the signalling upgrade of this flagship project. After earning a degree in Business Administration and French, Niall worked on the introduction of the Oyster Card to TfL prior to winning a scholarship to study a Masters at the London School of Economics in Information Systems.
On completion of his Masters, Niall worked in the financial sector for an Actuarial company; Willis Towers Watson. He consulted on the implementation and management of systems to manage multi billion pound pension funds. He was also part of the product development team and is proud to have been part of the team to implement the world’s first ever online pension management portal to enable people to view and manage their pensions. It was this passion for product development that led Niall to his next role – working for a start-up company to develop and implement anti money laundering and fraud prevention systems in banks.
Niall successfully led a team of consultants as part of this role and worked on the implementation of the first deployments of the product in major French banks including BNP, Societe General and La Banque Postale. Following a buy-out from an investor Niall returned to his passion for infrastructure projects.
Niall was part of a team that implemented a controls solution for London Underground to manage the PPP Contract; the public-private partnership with Metronet and Tubelines to deliver capital works on the tube. He led the development of the Master Projects Database – an innovative web portal to control and report on up to 600 active projects. This tool included an earned value engine and a portfolio analysis and reporting tool, still actively used today at TfL. Niall’s role progressed to Head of Controls for TfL, leading the implementation of an Integrated Project Controls toolset and supporting a high profile multi-billion pound capital investment programme. Niall was also responsible for reporting on the health of the investment programme up to a director and mayoral level during London 2012.
In 2013 Niall joined Tideway to lead the project controls function. This included the management and approval of the project estimate and also was part of the team to successfully secure a private investor and complete the set-up of the a new utility company to deliver the works and own the asset. As part of this company set up Niall designed the organisation for controls and completed the implementation of a full suite of controls to support the delivery of Tideway – a 4.2bn mega programme in the heart of London.
Niall is passionate about the value of controls and the need to explore and embrace innovation in the future to ensure controls are a key enabler for successful programme delivery. He was awarded the Deltek Global Insight Innovation Award in 2016 for his work on Tideway to drive schedule quality and for his role in establishing an effective strategic programme and alliance incentivisaton model. He is a proven leader and has completed a number of successful business transforming programmes to facilitate the effective delivery of Capital Programmes.