In mid-August, we interviewed Nick Amato about his role as Assistant Project Manager for the Estates Move. Nick has been working at the RCOG for seven months, after being brought in to help with the estates move.
What is your role at the RCOG?
I provide administrative support to the RCOG’s Move Group, Programme Board and Programme Advisory Board, and help manage our preparations for the move to Union Street. There are 8 work streams as part of the internal move preparations and part of my role involves helping to keep the work stream leads on track, as well as coordinating the work between the work streams.
I attend all work stream meetings and meet with the leads individually at least every month, on top of other workshop meetings around specific projects. I also help to facilitate the actions from the Move Group and Programme Board meetings.
In addition, my manager Annabel Flint (Senior Project Manager) and I are heavily involved in other projects that are helping the RCOG to get ready for the move to Union Street, for example the hot-desking pilots. I also attend the Design Group meetings so I can communicate external preparations with internal groups.
Where have you worked previously?
Directly before coming to work at the RCOG I volunteered at the homelessness charity The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, supporting client casework for homeless migrants from outside of the EU. My work involved gathering information to help with clients’ cases, assisting with asylum claims, and street outreach to rough sleepers bedded down overnight. The Connection does amazing work for rough sleepers in Westminster and I still volunteer with them at their night centre.
Previously, I did project management and administration with an international learning and development company, where my clients ranged from large international banks to building materials manufacturers. I organised learning and development training for my clients’ employees across Europe and the Middle East.
What do you most enjoy about your role at the RCOG
Because the work is so varied and the move will affect everyone at Sussex Place, I get to work and engage with staff from all different areas of the College. Despite being relatively new, I have been able to build up a really good picture and appreciation of what the RCOG does in quite a short amount of time.
What are some of the challenges you’ve come across?
It comes with the territory that when there are eight different work streams all working on different things, keeping track of where each group is with everything can get a bit challenging. I need to have an overall picture of the project as a whole, as well as how the design is progressing and how any challenges may potentially impact on us.
We are just over a year out from the move, what are you most looking forward to?
I’m most looking forward to seeing the finished building. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the designs in development and I’m excited to see the different spaces actually finished, particularly the atrium, which I think will have a definite ‘wow factor’.