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Building the future of Barclays

Ron Coghill

Our colleagues drive innovation and change daily. Impacting the way we serve our customers and how we work together as colleagues. But success is not just about what you achieve, it’s about how you achieve it. Our Chief Operating Office (COO) recognises the value our colleagues bring, not just to their roles, but our culture and values. COO have recognised a number of exceptional women who have made a difference within Barclays, the industry, and the wider community through their impact and passion for change.
Ron Coghill, Director, Major Projects Delivery Lead has contributed towards the success of Barclays through her drive and passion, pulling together and leading teams of construction professionals to deliver our new sites and campuses. Her line manager, Neil Grassie, Head of New Developments and Capital Projects, definitely sees Ron as a role model within COO: “Ron is a fantastic role model. She combines a natural alignment to Barclays Values with an extraordinary work ethic and absolute execution prowess. She also acts as Co-Chair of the Corporate Real Estate Solutions (CRES) Diversity and Inclusion Group and outside Barclays works with kids with special needs.”

We caught up with Ron to find out more about her work with and outside Barclays:

Tell us a bit about your career at Barclays:

I joined Barclays in 2015 with a career profile you wouldn’t expect from someone in a bank. I’m a trained and qualified Architect, and I specialise in developing and delivering complex construction programmes. Since joining Barclays, I’ve been responsible within CRES for the management of Major Projects. This has enabled me to lead site projects across the UK, including the massive cost-saving move of colleagues from 10 South Colonnade to more technologically advanced sites in London. More recently, I’ve been leading the construction and development of the new Glasgow Campus. I find my role hugely exciting - It combines the complexity of both portfolio and customers and enables me to build great relationships and collaborate with internal stakeholders across the UK.

What do you feel has been your biggest achievement/proudest moment during your time at Barclays?

One of my greatest achievements has been successfully building teams of specialists from various suppliers and companies, and aligning them with Barclays’ strategy, objectives and values. This led to critical infrastructure being delivered on programme and on budget, and also generated significant interest from many of these specialists in Barclays as an organisation. This has been particularly visible with the development of the Glasgow Campus. Without my team pulling together during the challenging planning and implementation stages of this major project, none of this great success would have been possible.

Could you share with us a success story that illustrates how you are bringing the COO values to life?

The best example of how I have brought the COO values to life is my work over the last 18 months on the development of the Glasgow Campus. This project was only possible by working together across the Chief Operating Office and with local stakeholders. By driving the project collectively, we were able to make sure we got the best solution for our colleagues, customers and clients, and for Barclays as a whole. Not only will this new campus help our colleagues to collaborate in the future by bringing previously disparate teams together, but it will also provide massive benefits to the local communities, bringing our Customer Obsession - always putting our customers at the centre of our decisions - to life as well. It’s been an incredibly absorbing programme of work.

How is the business area that you are part of delivering value to customers and clients?

CRES delivers value in a very tangible way to customers, clients and colleagues. What we do every day is improving Barclays’ global property portfolio, and delivering world-class facilities. This directly helps to bring our COO and Barclays values to life.

Is there a woman who has particularly inspired you? If so who and why?

My mum has always been a huge inspiration to me. After staying at home for 15 years with eight children, she made the huge decision to go back to work, and within five years was managing the company. She is the type of person who never takes no for an answer, and has always challenged my five sisters and I to reach higher, regardless of our gender.
This has had a massive influence on me. Construction is an almost exclusively male dominated environment, and she has inspired me to overcome the challenging stereotypes I have faced. More so, as the mother of an autistic son, my mum’s resilience has encouraged me to strive for a better work/life balance, including making sure I spend time doing things important to me, such as supporting my son’s special needs school.