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Talent United Masterclass: The role of the Project Manager

About the event

Talent United Masterclass from Barsley College and Fresh Thinking

A FREE virtual masterclass hosted online by Talent United.

Join us online on Monday 18 January, 9.30am – 11.30am.

Insights from Sharon Sutton, Project Manager at Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens, about the multi-million pound development project, and the role of a Project Manager.

Ever wondered what a Project Manager does? Sharon Sutton will enlighten us by sharing stories and insights from her own career and extensive experience, including:

  • Her work on Barnsley’s multi award winning Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens and The Parks for People restoration project. This £4 million project is restoring its parklands to their former Georgian splendour through the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund and its associates.
  • What a Project Manager does: The practical skills required for the role.
  • What a Project Manager thinks: The soft skills which are essential for success.
  • The winning combination: How all of these skills come together to get the job done.

Register for this event:


This networking event will be hosted online. Please register via Eventbrite and we will send you joining instructions.

Our Masterclass Presenter

Sharon Sutton, Project Manager at Cannon Hall Museum Park and GardensSharon Sutton, Project Manager at Cannon Hall Museum Park and Gardens

“I was a late starter in my career and didn’t go to college until my children were in school. I gained an HND in Landscape Science which was a combination of landscape design, science and practical skills such as surveying and report writing.

“I got my first job in this career as a Landscape Assistant at Chesterfield Borough Council in 1998 and spent five years looking after play areas, playing fields, designing flower beds and general landscaping works. I then progressed for the next 20 years to Parks Officer, Operations Manager and Landscape Manager at various councils, always looking after play areas and parks, playing fields and buildings, but also getting more involved in larger landscaping and building renovation projects. By that point I had a teams of people to manage and responsibility for large sums of money.

“As I got older, I found I had a particular interest in renovating historic landscapes and buildings, so when in 2017 I saw the role of Project Manager at Cannon Hall advertised to invest £3.2 million on renovating old buildings and cottages all set in a Georgian landscape I jumped at the chance.

“In my spare time I am a Green Flag judge, visiting parks and open spaces in other areas as a peer to help them improve maintenance and development. I also volunteer as the Chair of East Midlands in Bloom, which is a competition that supports communities to improve their public spaces. I love my job, and the people I work with are wonderful. I wouldn’t want any other career.”

About Talent United

Talent United is Barnsley College’s employer engagement initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between education and employment. By building lasting relationships with businesses, we can provide students with meaningful employer engagements and create a culture of employment across the college. Together, we can enrich the future labour market by creating a generation of ‘work ready’ learners that are aware of the careers available to them and have the employability skills to progress into employment or further study. Find out more about Talent United.



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