Project Professional of the Year Award 2021
Successful project professionals drive and lead the creation of an environment that makes things happen. They carefully balance technical and management skills whilst also juggling different views and perspectives, backgrounds and personalities. They progress and focus team performance to deliver benefits to their client and other stakeholders. Judges are looking for project professionals who can demonstrate these skills in abundance to deliver significant project and/or programme benefits.
This award is open to project, programme or portfolio managers and practitioners from all sectors. We require entrants to this category to produce a submission of up to 1,000 words detailing how they have met the judging criteria through delivery of a project or programme where their involvement has been greater than six months. 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.
This category consists 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.
In this category we also encourage nominations (with the individual’s approval) from employers or colleagues. Project professionals from across the globe may apply.
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Looking for inspiration? View our 2020 winner and finalists below
PROJECT: Theresa Sloan (Allianz Insurance PLC)
Theresa successfully led the Allianz Contact Centre International (CCI) Programme, from its inception nearly 3 years ago, transforming the telephony infrastructure and customer experience in Allianz UK for both our UK and India based teams.
This was the largest infrastructure programme to have been successfully delivered in the past five years at Allianz and was the first significant telephony upgrade since the original systems were introduced.
What stands her apart from others, is her role-model leadership and being able to mentor/coach a large programme/projects team, whilst balancing multiple stakeholders, 3rd parties, complex technical interdependencies. All whilst encouraging learning and innovation.
PROJECT: Ray Riley (Jacobs)
Ray's leadership of the integrated project team is characterised by his drive and work ethic, his one team approach to delivery and his sense of ownership of the programme. The SRP programme is widely regarded as a highly regarded programme within defence sector and the Jacobs organisation, the programme recognition and transformation from its early delivery phases can be clearly mapped to Rays arrival on the project and his drive to deliver on commitments safety, timely and on budget.
PROJECT: Sunday Okogie (Rolls-Royce PLC)
The entry comprises of details of my effort in advancing project management as a function within and outside my organization. Delivering projects and programmes whilst pushing the boundaries of standard ways of working and challenging engineering norms to deliver pioneering programmes on time, to cost and to quality.
This is increasingly important and would be even more crucial for us as an organization to survive and sustain our heritage in the current Covid-19 imposed financial hardship thumping the aviation sector where we operate.
PROJECT: Wojciech Szewczak (Ramboll UK)
The East Coast Digital Programme is UK’s first major deployment of digital signalling technologies, including European Train Control System and Traffic Management, which will transformation the East Coast Main Line and address the challenges of capacity constraints, as well as satisfying the need to improve journey times and performance.
As the Project Manager, I played an important role in defining, implementing and monitoring project management processes to ensure the successful delivery of the Change Management workstream.