Contribution to Project Management award: Not-for-profit 2021

We think it’s crucial that whatever their size, structure or industry, organisations should be rewarded for leaving a positive legacy for the project profession and project management practice. 

The contribution to project management: not-for-profit category is for organisations that have a project and/or programme portfolio and are operating on a not-for-profit basis (such as charities, associations, governing bodies, social enterprises and local government 

Judges are looking for organisations who want to stand out in two ways; firstly, by committing to positive and meaningful progression of the project profession (which may include the development of project professionals and knowledge/best practice sharing) and secondly, by delivering excellence in project management practice (demonstrated by a positive and measurable impact from projects and/or programmes that they have managed and/or delivered).  

We require entrants to all contribution to project management categories to produce a submission of up to 3,000 word detailing how they have met the judging criteria. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphics only (no text apart from captions). Video and audio is not accepted as part of the submission. 

The contribution to project management categories all consist of two stages, the first stage is the written submission mentioned above and the second stage requires all finalists to present virtually to a panel of judges. They are open to organisations across all sectors globally. 

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ORGANISATION: Essex County Council 

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest local authorities in England, serving a population of more than 1.4 million. Effective delivery of change is fundamental to Essex achieving its strategic aims, not least with the ongoing challenges presented nationally as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. The professional home of Project Management in ECC is Transformation Delivery and support (TDS), a ‘stand out’ team who through combining innovation with project management disciplines have a track record of success, which increasingly has led to them sharing knowledge and providing guidance to other local authorities. 


NHS (Project futures programme) 

NHS Project Futures is the profession brand of the NHS project community. Set up through a collaboration between national organisation Heads of Profession and a network of regional leads, to create an project delivery community and embed professional standards and competencies aligned to both the APM and Government across the NHS. We will establish an environment through which a diverse and collaborative project professionals and practitioner’s workforce can be attracted, recruited, developed, retained and deployed. We will ensure the NHS has the capacity, capability and discipline to deliver sustainable system change for the benefit of patients and communities. 

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