Richard Palczynski

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer

Richard’s career began the day after he graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in 1998 as a Civil Engineer. Recruited straight from the classroom, he joined Bechtel Ltd, where he would spend the next ten years working on UK major infrastructure projects including the Jubilee Line Extension, Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) and the West Coast Route Modernisation Programme.

In 2001 he completed his professional qualifications to become a chartered Civil Engineer having just turned 25 years old. In 2003 he qualified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, followed shortly after by certifying as a Yellow Belt trainer. It is during this initial 10 year period that he gained extensive experience in programme and project controls, programme management, major process improvement initiatives, as well as commercial management and construction delivery. His last act before leaving Bechtel was the delivery of the last major project on the West Coast Route Modernisation for Network Rail; the remodelling of Milton Keynes station and the associated overhead line and permanent way.

He joined Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2009 where he led a corporate change programme to rebuild project controls across the business, spanning the UK and European Operations. As Head of Project Controls, he also helped secure major projects for the business as well as leading on the design and development of a bespoke controls platform linking the redesigned business management system to the financial management of all projects across the Region.

In 2012 he transferred to the parent company (Balfour Beatty) where he became the Head of Balfour Beatty’s’ Group Programme Management Office, supporting the executive in the delivery of a wide ambit of initiatives to reshape the business.

Following a successful spell in corporate functions, in late 2013 he joined Mace Ltd. as Director of Programme Management for the Major Programmes & Infrastructure Group where he focussed on the successful growth of the business, taking the lead on programme management strategy, quality management, BS11000 Collaborative Working Relationships accreditation, training and certification of staff.

Mid-2015 saw a return to mega-programme management, he joined Crossrail Ltd. as Head of Programme Controls, accountable for ensuring visibility and accuracy of programme performance information, and providing the Executive Leadership with the information they need in order to manage the programme and facilitate improved decision making. Richard will remain with Crossrail until 2018.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Association for Project Management and the Guild of Project Controls. He’s also an active Supervising Civil Engineer and author of the RICS guide to Project and Programme Controls.