Interview with Manon Bradley


Marion Bradley

Development Director of the Major Projects Association, UK


Interviewed by Ömer Berkay Dağlı
Istanbul, Turkey

Manon Bradley is the Development Director of the Major Projects Association the purpose of which is to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects.  Over the past 13 years Manon has been involved in every aspect of delivering that vision: from the production of thought leadership publications to the development of the Major Projects Knowledge Hub.  She has a keen understanding of the barriers to major project success.  Her knowledge of the systemic issues underlying the root causes of major project delivery and initiation is founded on more than a decade of involvement with members, PhD researchers and communication with members throughout the supply chain.

This knowledge led her to establish the Major Projects Association’s Gender Balance initiative which frames the issue of diversity as a challenge for the whole sector to improve performance.  Through this approach the Association has been able to engage a very male-dominated group of business leaders in a tough conversation, enabling them to take ownership of their own responses.  In this capacity Manon also Chairs the Infrastructure Client Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.

As a competitive drug-free power-lifter Manon is used to being in male-dominated environments such as infrastructure. In the 14 years that she has been competing she has won 13 World Championships, 9 European Championships and held 6 World Records and a host of British titles and records.

She is a keen writer and a practiced speaker and Chair.  She has written on topics in a number of online publications including “Infrastructure Intelligence”, “The Guardian” and in online publications as well as via her own blog “Passionate about Powerlifting” and she has contributed to a number of events as speaker and Chair including the Women in Construction Summit 2018; the 2018 Oxford Literary Festival; All Party Parliamentary Group on Infrastructure panel on The Feminist City and the Global Engineering Congress (Oct 2018).


Ömer Berkay Dağlı (Dağlı):
Dear Manon, first of all, thank you very much for accepting my invitation to make an interview. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers, and firstly how did you get involved with Project Management?

Manon Bradley (Bradley): Thank you.  I am not a project manager; I suppose I am what you would call an Association professional.  I joined the Major Projects Association in 2005 to run the day-to-day business which I still do now – although that day-to-day business has grown phenomenally since that time. 

Dağlı:           What has been your most fulfilling experience as a project and program manager?

Bradley:       My most fulfilling experience in this space has been to see the impact of the work I am doing in diversity.  I have seen the conversations around diversity and gender balance move from dark corners to be more main stream.  I suspect that now every Board has diversity as an item on its Agenda whereas 10 years ago that was not the case. 

Dağlı:           Could you tell me more about the Major Projects Association?


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How to cite this interview: Dağlı, Ö. (2018); Interview with Manon Bradley; PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue XII (December). Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/pmwj77-Dec2018-Dagli-Manon-Bradley-Interview.pdf

About the Interviewer

Ömer Berkay Dağlı

Istanbul, Turkey




Ömer Berkay Dağlı is currently a Project Manager at Entech & Semar Engineering and Marine Solutions Company. He recently graduated with an MSc Management from Southampton Business School, University of Southampton. Previously, he served as an Officer on Watch for over 30 months on board chemical tankers, based in different routes around the world where he served as Third and Second Officer. He completed his graduation in Marine Transportation Management dual diploma with honours from both Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and State University of New York Maritime College, USA in 2014. His major fields of study are project management, logistics and inter-modal transportation. His research interests include global project management, leadership, uncertainty management, programme and portfolio management, strategic PM, IT Project Management, PM governance, stakeholders, project control and PM in the transportation and logistics industries.  Omer served as a research intern for the PM World Library during January 2018, completing the program in record time.  He can be contacted at [email protected]