Dan Nisbett

Project Controls Manager, Manchester
I’ve worked with a lot of planners and project controls managers in my career and Dan is without doubt the best. He is a true asset to your business.
Ed Arnold, Head of Programme Controls, Network Rail
I work with cost and planning engineers to develop robust performance baselines, establishing progress and cost monitoring methods, producing project control reports and providing performance analysis and recommendations for our clients.

After leaving university with a history degree, I took a role with an oil and gas company in London. It helped me understand the importance of collaborative working for project success and the need to help clients deliver successful outcomes on their projects with the management of time, scope and cost.

After three years with the company, I had the foundation to progress and, having been a Northern lad, I wanted to move back to Manchester and settle down. Luckily for me, I was head-hunted by Turner & Townsend for a role that I couldn’t turn down and, as they say, the rest is history.

Q. How do you contribute to Turner & Townsend making a difference?

A. Project controls is a misunderstood art in the construction industry with many clients unaware of how to pro-actively control their programmes of work and have confidence in their delivery and performance. Working with major infrastructure clients gives me the capacity to be sure our clients are set up for success, building confidence in forecast delivery performance and helping them achieve their goals.

Q. What specialist skills or experience do you have?

A. I asked my team what I am known for and they said 'Your laugh and how you’re always smiling regardless of the situation'. Within the project controls team, I'm best known for my planning and scheduling skills, especially for design and construction. 

Q. What do you most enjoy most about working at Turner & Townsend?

A. It’s the people at Turner & Townsend that make my job so enjoyable. I’m part of a young, energetic team in Manchester that is very driven and constantly bringing new ideas to the table, which keeps me motivated and wanting to come to work every day.

Q. How are you working to champion diversity and equality at Turner & Townsend?

A. I’m proud to represent Turner & Townsend and help build employee networks across the business that develop a diverse workforce of qualified people from diverse backgrounds. Through working with the graduate development and recruitment teams, I’m helping develop our future leaders and creating an inclusive culture where an individual's differences are understood, valued and respected.

Career highlights

  1. Appointed Graduate Development Manager for Infrastructure North West

  2. Awarded ”Service Excellence” at Infrastructure North

  3. Appointed to Project Controls Manager

  4. Joined Turner & Townsend