As Director of Strategic Projects and Change, Bridget Boylan is responsible for ensuring that Brunel is on track to meet the 2030 vision. Working with the Communications team, she is creating a clear picture for employees to see how the projects they are currently working on, and future planned projects will make this vision a reality.
Bridget joined the University in November 2015 after more than 14 years working at five other Universities in London, including City University, University of Westminster, University of London, UCL and Imperial College London. She was appointed Director of Strategic Projects and Change in 2018.
Bridget says: “We support project managers across the University to use best practice tools and techniques, as well as support and coaching on the Brunel way of running projects.”
“Colleagues can join our new Project and Change Manager’s network which meets monthly, and can use resources and training from the Chartered Association for Project Management, which can help you become a Chartered Project Professional if that is part of your career plan.”
In January 2019, Bridget became Senior Champion for LGBT+ equality and inclusivity, and instrumental in ensuring the interests of LGBT+ staff and students are represented at senior level discussions and in policy setting.
Bridget says: "I am also proud to be a visible lesbian role model because firstly, it is important for other staff to see that your gender will never hold you back in attaining a senior role. Secondly, it is important for all LGBT+ staff to feel safe in being out at work, because this allows us to bring our ‘whole selves’ to work, and by doing that we have more and productive working relationships with colleagues."
"We do have some way to go to remove all discrimination and therefore our ‘Allies’ network is extremely important. We are developing an LGBT+ training course to inform and provide a safe environment for staff to question and understand the needs of the LGBT+ community. It is not about the individual conforming, but about the University changing to be an inclusive employer, and treating people with respect."