Brian Wernham

Brian is proud to be an active APM member and long-term APM Governance specific interest group committee member having presented at APM meetings and webinars for many years. He has 35 years of practical business experience in engineering, transport, construction, finance and IT business change. He is a Fellow of APM and a Chartered Engineer and IT professional.

Brian aims to help APM do more to communicate clearly and establish its voice in the mass media into the undoubted voice of project management. Brian will look to extend APM geographically, by industry, age, gender and ethnicity to promote better project management for society, while increasing the role of Branches by engaging with individual, corporate and academic members.

Brian wants to empower SIGs to generate debate, create a Wiki knowledge base, link with other professional bodies and create world-class qualifications. He also wants to blend together face-to-face and Internet contact by video streaming interesting events and reach out with international leadership by making APM a watchword for project management excellence across the world.

APM board member interview

  • Why and when did you decide to go into project management? I had worked in a variety of industries as a hands-on technical team leader, and I realised that I was enjoying the management aspects of organising the work just as much as the technical designs.  I looked at the various options for professional development, and I realised that APM was the organisation that most focussed on ‘solving the customers problems’ rather than just delivering products to a specification.
  • Who was your first employer? I came up a practical route – my first job was as a British Aerospace apprentice. I did everything from riveting airframes together to programming a spares storage warehouse system. Watching the Harrier jump jets on their first test flights was a blast!  Strange to think that Dunsfold aerodrome where I first saw one fly is now used to film ‘Top Gear’!
  • What are your career highlights? Being interviewed at the BBC HQ Newsroom by Annita Mcveigh live on primetime (twice!). She wanted to know more about why Government projects succeed or fail. Last month I held a live Q&A in Cumbria with the chair of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee the Right Hon. Meg Hillier MP at a conference on Public Value. To be listened to as a programme and project management expert by both the BBC and the Public Accounts Committee chair was an honour.
  • When did you become a member of APM and what are the main benefits? I became a member in 2007. I found the Body of Knowledge invaluable in ‘ticking off’ areas of project professionalism that I needed to develop. I have climbed the ‘ladder’ of professionalism step by step with APM by my side guiding me all the way.
  • How important are professional project management qualifications? They are part of the ‘mix’. The theory of Portfolio, Programme and Project Management cannot be proved without practical application. There is no stopping a good mind with a good set of theories that are then put to the test time and time again to get feedback on what actually works.
  • How did you decide to stand for election? I felt that APM had achieved a lot but could do more by expanding its breadth (into new industries) and getting involved from earlier on (i.e. schools and tech colleges) and also getting a ‘seat in the Boardroom’. I believe that every serious organisation should have a ‘Chief Change Officer’ (CCO)
  • What does chartered status mean to you? It confirms that we are on the right track. APM is here for the public benefit to spread and then recognise good portfolio, programme and project professionalism.
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