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PMc is jointly owned by its two Directors - Peter Marsh and Robert Rees. We operate from our offices in central Winchester and work across Hampshire, the south coast, and London. We employ a team of highly motivated and talented individuals who share our passion for making a difference.

We currently have a vacancy for a Project Manager/Cost Consultant.

We are looking for a highly motivated self-starter with great communication skills and a real passion for the sectors we work in and the aims of the clients we support.  Your current role and background are important to us but so are your skills, ambition and willingness to want to make a real difference as a member of a small team. To find out more about this role and how to apply please click here:

  • Peter Marsh
    Peter MarshPGCE, BA(Hons), CPFA, FRSA

Peter is an exceptionally experienced client and project manager, who through his work in the further education and housing sectors, knows full well the difference that decent and inspiring buildings can have on individuals,  organisations and the communities within which they are based.

Peter’s client-side leadership of capital projects as a Deputy Principal in three further education colleges, as the previous Deputy CEO of the Housing Corporation and through his own company, includes the delivery of over £150 million of education building projects, the creation of over 500 homes on surplus education land and the funding of thousands of new affordable homes.

Education projects that Peter has led include:

  • A £65m four phased development at City & Islington College, incorporating the highly successful City and Islington Sixth Form College
  • A £28m two phased development at Fareham College, creating the Centre for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training
  • A combined c£52m Lambeth College, three project development: Clapham Campus, Brixton Campus and Vauxhall Campus
  • A £4m Skills Centre for Hampshire County Council, contracted to Basingstoke College of Technology

Peter acts as a Project Assurance Advisor on an £11m new build at the Isle of Wight College on behalf of the Solent LEP and as an educational advisor to the Director of the EnterpriseM3 LEP. And, is leading on the master planning and estates strategy for two other further education colleges.

In addition to his experience in further education, Peter has held a number high profile national roles within the housing sector. Currently, Peter chairs the Development Committee of Richmond Housing Partnership – a London based housing association with a £250m development pipeline. Furthermore, he is advising a large council on the re-development of their entire social housing portfolio – a project which would be worth c£3bn. His experience in housing was gained whilst Deputy Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation and latterly a Chief Executive of the Tenant Service Authority – a Secretary of State appointment, which brought him in to regular contact with the Prime Minister’s Office, the housing minister and MPs.

Peter is both a qualified chartered accountant and a qualified teacher. His tenacity of approach combines forensic financial and commercial negotiation skills with a passion for excellent design and the role new buildings can play in lifting educational attainment.

  • Robert Rees
    Robert ReesMProf, MSc, CertEd, Cert HE, FIfL, FRSA

Robert is an experienced senior manager with a passion for the life changing opportunities provided by the further education sector. With a successful track record of leadership in curriculum development and quality improvement gained in urban and rural settings, Rob is a highly articulate and personable leader with a robust student- centred approach to his work.

Robert’s entire career has been in the future education sector, starting off as a Lecture/Course Manager in Dance at an outstanding college. Subsequently, he has been a member of a number of college executive/senior management teams as a Director of Faculty, Executive Director (Curriculum and Students) and as Vice Principal (Curriculum & Quality) at large colleges of further and higher education. As a consultant, Rob has acted as an interim Vice Principal (Curriculum, Quality and Students) at a central London college in recovery; as an interim Vice Principal (Curriculum, Quality and Students) at a South West College and is currently supporting one of the country’s largest County Councils, following their inspection in 2016.

Rob is an experienced Ofsted nominee and QAA review facilitator and as a result of working at a college in recovery, has experience of working closely with the FE Commissioner.

In addition, Rob supports and contributes to many educational projects at PMc Ltd, examples of which include:

  • Curriculum review of a specialist higher education institution;
  • Due diligence on a proposed merger between a university and a further education college and a proposed merger between two colleges;
  • Timetabling efficiency review for a further education college;
  • Data and performance analysis for primary and secondary schools across a large county to inform future educational modelling; and,
  • Curriculum scoping and mapping for a recently merged college.

Rob is extremely well qualified. He currently holds two higher degrees (in education and training management and education policy); is a qualified teacher in post-compulsory education and is currently in his final year for the award of doctor of education. He successfully completed his Senior Leadership and Development Programme (LSIS) and is often invited back as a guest facilitator.

  • Dr Grace Kenny
    Dr Grace KennyDirector of Space Planning

Grace is a world renowned expert in educational space planning.

She worked for the UK civil service for a number of years at the DfE where she supervised national surveys of the FE sector’s building estate and ran the R&D programme for the then Department of Education’s Architects and Building Branch; this involved commissioning research into the planning, design and use of educational buildings, and publishing planning guidance much of which is still in use in the FE and HE sectors in the U.K. She worked closely with the FEFC and HEFCE to establish national space standards and planning methods which are also still in use today.

She has advised the then LSC and dozens of educational establishments at every level in the UK and overseas on space planning.

She was the UK liaison for the OECD’s Programme on Educational Building; she organised and spoke at international conferences for them and other overseas institutions (e.g. Milan Polytechnic, University of Paris 8), most recently contributing to a report on Vocational Education and Training Facilities. She also published many reviews and articles to their newsletter, among which is ‘City and Islington College, in the United Kingdom’, article in PEB Exchange No. 45, February 2002.

Over the past ten years she has advised on space use and planning for projects involving 10 colleges of FE, 9 HEIs, 3 schools and several other types of teaching organisation.

From conducting baseline space utilisation and optimisation surveys through to assisting in the briefing process, Grace brings an expert yet sensitive approach to help clients with their space planning; she aims to optimise both efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Marcela Escobar-Thompson
    Marcela Escobar-ThompsonProject Manager (Design)

    Marcela is an architectural graduate (BArch) from The Cooper Union University in New York City with a grade point average of 3.3 (the equivalent of a RIBA part 2 and an upper second class honours). She was successful in being awarded a full scholarship for the duration (5 years) of her studies. During her time at university Marcela received a number of awards and scholarships including: the Brooklyn AIA Scholarship; The Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Scholarship from the AIA New York City chapter; the Fred L. Liebman Book Award and on graduating the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership, service and professional promise.

    To date, Marcela’s practical experience includes a range of work from small scale on-site construction projects to working at architectural firms in both Miami and London. Most recently Marcela worked at Gollifer Langston Architects, an architecture firm based in Soho, where she was involved in a number of education based design projects.

    Out side of work, Marcela has enjoyed several volunteering opportunities. These have included: working with a team in foreign countries doing small scale construction including an off-grid house in Upstate New York; a School Renovation in Turkey and a “Maloka” vernacular shelter with the Munduruku tribe in the Amazon, Brazil. Most currently she has joined a group of young architects in London who are working to aid the refugee crisis in Turkey.

    • Michael Paltrinieri
      Michael PaltrinieriProject Manager

      Michael is an ambitious graduate starting his career with PMc following his undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate (MSc) studies in civil engineering from the universities of Modena and Bologna. Michael took the opportunity of a six-month placement at the University of Southampton where he wrote and submitted a dissertation on the economic appraisal of the impact of coastal flooding, using Cowes, Isle of Wight, as a case study as part of his Masters degree. Michael brings to PMc a skillset which includes a high mathematical aptitude, financial appraisal skills and data analysis.  Michael supports Peter and Matthew in the delivery of a number of high profile, high value projects across the education and housing sectors.

      • Mohammed Poswall
        Mohammed PoswallCost Consultant

        Mo is a graduate of the University of Portsmouth having studied BSc Property Development with Quantity Surveying, he has joined PMc on a part time basis from AECOM as a cost consultant supporting a number of our projects in the housing, education and development sectors.  Mo is currently studying towards his APC and has gained substantial experience working on projects as diverse as the £8 million Terminal Building at Southampton Docks and the £30m teaching building at the University of Southampton.

        • Rachel Webb
          Rachel WebbAssociate Director - Logistics

        Rachel is a highly regarded and respected moves and logistics manager who takes the stress and hassle out of the fit out and moving process. With tight construction timescales the quality of the fit out and moves process can make or break a new building project. Rachel has a deep understanding of both the logistic pressures clients face at this critical juncture and the emotional challenge staff face in moving into new spaces.

        Rachel brings energy, passion and dedication to ensure staff feel supported and furniture suppliers deliver on time and budget every time. She has significant industry experience working for a diverse range of clients including leading law firms, City accountants and a wide range of education clients including City & Islington, Lambeth and Fareham Colleges.

        • Helen Tierney
          Helen TierneyBusiness & Project Support Manager

          Based in our Winchester office, Helen provides all round support to the PMc team and directly to a number of projects to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the business. Helen was previously a sales manager with a leading regional estate agency operating in the Meon Valley and New Forest areas where she gained significant experience in the local housing markets, client relations, sales, team management and both direct and indirect marketing. Before her time in property, Helen graduated from the University of the West of England and has previously worked in the gaming and leisure industries; she also has a keen interest in interior design.

          • Nathan Goldsmith
            Nathan GoldsmithProject Support Officer

            Nathan joins the PMc team at the early stages of his career, which to date has been within the Further Education sector, at Fareham College and an Independent Learning Provider. Nathan successfully completed his Advanced IT Apprenticeship at Fareham College, following which, he was appointed to the Student Services Team, delivering information, advice and guidance. Directly before joining PMc, Nathan worked for a national Independent Learning Provider as an Employer Engagement Co-ordinator, with responsibility for the recruitment and selection of students in addition to providing advice to employers.

            Nathan brings to PMc a solid understanding of the importance of client relationship management, experience of client facing support in, and knowledge of, the further education sector and an established skillset in IT and communications. Nathan will support Peter and the team with a range of tasks including data collection and collation, research, administration of client meetings, attending site meetings and assisting with report production.  Nathan will be studying towards the Association of Project Fundamentals Qualification as part of his professional development with PMc.

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