Megan Costello

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Megan Costello

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Megan could have been a lawyer, a teacher or a journalist but after starting an Arts degree focusing on international relations, she chose forestry.

Megan could have been a lawyer, a teacher or a journalist but after starting an Arts degree focusing on international relations, she chose forestry.

While working in a British Columbia reforestation nursery during her studies she realised her love of the outdoors and the diverse nature of the forestry industry was calling. She switched programmes in her third year and completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with honours and a Masters of Science in Forestry from the University of Toronto.

“Forestry is an industry that employs people from all sectors of society.  You can have gainful and successful employment without having a degree – the on-the-job training is unbeatable.  I perceived forestry as a vehicle to empower people to engage in a sustainable industry that would give them meaningful mahi.  Inspired to bring prosperity to regional areas, forestry was a great place to start,” says Megan.

Megan is another of Ernslaw’s ‘boomerang employees’ having worked for the company from 2009-12 before moving to Australia.  She returned to New Zealand and to Ernslaw in 2017 as Engineering Manager, overseeing road construction and maintenance programmes, contract management, harvest planning and resource consenting.

After this diverse operational role the opportunity arose to take on a newly created position -  Business Improvement Manager - which is focussed around upgrading knowledge management systems.

“I had seen the need to make organisational change to improve processes and bring all the regions into alignment so to then be resourced to actually do it, was a job come true,” says Megan.

“By modernising, standardising and simplifying procedures we are creating one best way for everyone.”

Megan says there is a lot of value in training someone up internally.  “I already knew the systems but needed further training in project management and systems improvement.  Ernslaw has given me the chance to build on my skill base and provide me with the tools to do this new role.”

One of the benefits of working at Ernslaw for Megan is that senior management seek input from all staff and turn that input into actionable results.  “I love that my thinking is valued and can translate into change.  It is recognised that staff have intimate knowledge of the business and want it to succeed so they trust us to give good feedback and advice.”

Megan is now using her new skills to coach and mentor staff in change and project management.

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