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Mary-Jo Spanswick

Project director

Kuwait

Joined In

1985

Works On

Providing project oversight and serving as an interface between customers and project teams

Enjoys

Travelling and writing

Tell us about your role at Wood

I joined Wood as a procurement engineer in 1985. After a while, I began to miss the engineering component and decided to pursue my engineering chartership. Wood established a training program within the procurement department which included rotating through different engineering departments and a construction site assignment in Belgium. I was the first female engineer to be assigned to the site from our Reading office. I became a project engineer and gained valuable experience working on different projects across the world including, the UK, France and South Africa. I was then transferred to Thailand. While there I was promoted to project manager, covering projects in the mining and refinery and petrochemical sectors. I lived in Thailand for 12 years before moving into my current role as project director in Kuwait.

I am a PMC project director on the Kuwait Clean Fuels project. Since the start of the EPC phase, I have lived in Kuwait for the past five years. My favourite part is being on site and seeing it transform from bare ground to a finished plant.

What is a particular highlight in your career to date?

A few highlights from my career include working on a project that has reached 132 million on-site hours without a lost time incident, becoming a chartered engineer and being accepted as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

What are some interesting facts you might like people to know about?

While working in Thailand, I founded a small company in partnership with a local charity to train and employ women who were rescued from human trafficking to sew beautiful products using Thai silk. The women were able to learn new skills and create a new start in life. Also, I am currently writing a book to inspire others to follow their dreams, using some of my life adventures as examples.