In her last employed role, Nicola was an Operations and Commercial Manager within the construction industry. She was responsible for leading sustainable growth, identifying and developing the people, products and processes needed to establish the business as a ‘go to’ supplier for turnkey solutions. In her last 12 months in this role, Nicola grew her division by approximately 40% which had a significant positive impact on the company’s reputation and visibility.
This was a role Nicola relished, but with these transferable commercial skills, she was eager to work with smaller, more entrepreneurial businesses where she could partner directly with the business leaders to create momentum and results!
A franchise with The Passionate PA offered her just that. Nicola joined us in May 2022, becoming a business owner in her own right and leveraging a solid support structure which allows her to put all her incredible skills and experience to use every single day.
Prior to her decision to become a business owner, Nicola had a varied and successful career. Back in 2007 she was a valued member of the Senior Management Team with a large secondary school, responsible for strategic and administrative HR, financial budgets and reporting, and facilities management.
In 2011 she felt ready for a big leap and became Head of Facilities and Safety at Spicers Ltd. Reporting into the Board, Nicola had responsibility for Facilities Management (hard and soft), Property Management, Site Maintenance, Fleet Management, Insurance and Health & Safety across the UK and Ireland including offices and distribution centres. It was here that Nicola achieved her Health & Safety qualifications.
From this role, in 2013, Nicola found her place at Portakabin – initially as a Hire Manager and then as Regional Commercial and Operations Manager. This is where she achieved her Level 5 ILM in Leadership and Management and really developed from being a manager to also being a coach and mentor for her teams. Nicola believes there is nothing better as a manager than seeing your team’s confidence and self-belief grow and, of course, this also brings commercial success for all.
The largest project Nicola managed at Portakabin was a £6 million student accommodation building, won through competitive tender, for a prestigious University. She loved this role and still has great contacts and friends within the business.
All of these roles have given Nicola huge commercial experience and insight. When she isn’t knocking around building sites (see hard hat picture below), or in the board room, she can be found enjoying time with family and friends, or in her gorgeous little garden. Nicola is a consummate professional but full to the brim with personality and can-do attitude. She’s a joy to work with.