Paige Finnerty, Construction Manager
Mace People

Paige Hooper

Construction Manager

Construction, UK

Paige joined Mace in 2012 as a team secretary before joining one of our project teams as an office manager. Inspired by her construction colleagues, she soon moved into an assistant construction manager role on the iconic Birmingham New Street station project. Three years on, Paige is now a construction manager and feels incredibly proud of the journey she has made.

What attracted you to Mace?
My dad is a civil engineer so I always wanted to be in construction. He inspired me – he told me that if he had joined a company like Mace at my age he would be much better off today than he is now. I knew that Mace had a very high portfolio of projects and my dad worked with Mace colleagues and always spoke about how well the company looked after their staff. I haven’t been disappointed - Mace is great at spotting the drive in you.
What has it been like working at Mace?
Brilliant! I knew quite quickly that I wanted a more operational role and was given the opportunity to put a proposal forward to our project director for a possible role change. A few months later I had gone from office manager to studying a BSc in construction management, and was made an assistant construction manager on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the UK at the time.

Making the transition was a huge challenge but I was taken seriously and respected, and if it wasn’t for the support of the senior team on that project there is no way I would be where I am now.

What do you enjoy most about your role at Mace?
I enjoy being part of a team, part of a family! Seeing a project develop from the ground up and following that through its transformation is very rewarding. It’s a very proud moment when you can look at a finished project and feel part of it all. I also enjoy the fact that I can inspire other people to do what I do.
What’s your proudest achievement at Mace?
Winning the construction delivery category at the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Awards. The scheme looks to recognise individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their careers. The judges said they were impressed by the drive and determination I have to push my career forward regardless of barriers. They said that I demonstrated a real desire to help others in construction.
Paige Finnerty, Construction Manager

“If it wasn’t for the support of the senior team... there is no way I would be where I am now.”

What advice would you give to someone at school considering a career in your area of work?
If you are passionate about seeing the world around you evolve and develop, and want to be part of the exciting journey that makes that happen, then construction is for you. Mace is a great place to start your career, they have a number of roles that would suit anybody, whether you see yourself on site or in an office.

You don’t have to go to university first. Mace supported me to get experience and then study part time, which was a great way to set me on the right career path.

What are you passionate about outside of work?
I love baking and cooking! I even have a baking club every Monday and I'm a little bit obsessed with Mary Berry’s new book!
If your teenage self could see you now, what would she think?
She would be incredibly proud of the strong character I’ve become. I have a drive to improve my career now which makes me push myself every day. I used to be incredibly shy but my career has helped me to grow up, face challenges, overcome obstacles, become more confident and find a passion I never knew I had.