Here at Acuity, we are excited to announce that Carmen De Gouveia has recently joined the team as our new Head of Project Management. I wanted to take the opportunity to hear Carmen's views and visions for Acuity.
Q1 Why did you join Acuity?
'For many years, working as an independent consultant, I have aspired to learn more about and get more involved with Sage Enterprise Management (formerly Sage X3) implementations and project work. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Acuity on delivery of the Arjo Sage Enterprise Management Projects and getting to know the Acuity team inspired me to join Acuity.'
Q2 What will you bring to Acuity?
'With over 20 years of Project Management experience I am hoping to bring much needed support and relief around the Project Management of Projects in the Acuity Project portfolio. I am a Prince2 Certified Practitioner, but also hold qualifications in Agile PM and SureStep - Microsoft AX Dynamics Project Management methodologies. I hope to introduce structure, organisation and focus to Project deliveries which in turn should alleviate workload and free up Consultants and all those involved in Project deliveries to deliver more projects in a calm and focused manner whilst ensuring our customers feel like they have chosen the right Partner to work with.'
Q3 What attracted you to Acuity?
'Acuity seems like a dynamic and professional, yet really down to earth and friendly organisation and these were the key attributes that attracted me. Now that I’ve joined, I am really pleased to be part of such a diverse team! Being a South African born Portuguese ‘lass’ its wonderful to hear familiar accents and be surrounded by so many experts and professionals from around the world.'
Q4 What are your first month objectives?
'Tricky question, considering after my first week I will be absent for two weeks to return to Arjo in order to finalise Project work being delivered there. I hope to start familiarising myself with Acuity and its current Projects and bring some planning relief to our Project team/s on the Tower, K2 & Cawood Projects as an initial start.'
Q5 What are you currently excited about in your new role?
'I am excited about the opportunity of setting up an Acuity PMO (Project Management Office) which I am hoping will be the envy of all our competitors and which will demonstrate to our prospective customers that Acuity are the only Sage Enterprise Management Partner they should consider. Clearly this will take time and much support from my fellow colleagues but in the end, it will benefit us all in working toward a common goal.'
Q6 What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
'I have two wonderful children that I love to spend time with and do so as much as I can. I love Yoga and I also dabble in Interior Design, Graphic Design and Photography. I also love to travel and of course spend special moments with my wonderful husband who has endless patience and supports me in everything that I do.'