Finalists - Project Professional of the Year Award 2022

Recognising  project professionals making a significant contribution to the outcomes and benefits of their project(s) and/or programme(s) through excellent project delivery.   

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. 

Congratulations to all our finalists listed in this category below ...


PROJECT: Shadie Chahine, WSP

I am a project professional who has thrived on the challenge of reinvigorating historical public buildings whilst instilling a sharp focus on best practice and value within the wider delivery team. I'm incredibly proud of the environment I created which enabled a really strong team to perform to their best abilities, and which led to the successful delivery of the project and recognition at the highest levels of government.


PROJECT: Alexander Darvill: Project Moonshot, RollsRoyce plc

“Project Moonshot” was a two-year collaborative experiment between Rolls-Royce and the Ministry of Defence with the aim of demonstrating a radically transformative approach to the delivery of complex technology programmes. The project was launched in May 2020 and delivered by Rolls-Royce Defence based in Bristol. To explore and prove a totally novel approach to product development, the team was challenged to deliver a real project in half the time and half the cost of a typical programme. Two years on and Moonshot has exceeded its original goals with key programmatic innovations being shared across Rolls-Royce and UK industry.


PROJECT: Christian Irwin: Dartmoor Line, Network Rail

Christian Irwin has spearheaded Network Rail’s SPEED initiative – aiming to half the time and half the cost of delivering improvements to the railway. In the restoration of the Dartmoor line – the first of the ‘restoring your railway’ projects, Christian used the SPEED principles to save £10m off the approved budget, removed £40m of unnecessary work, and reduced the overall time of the project by two years. For this, Christian was recognised with an OBE at the Queen’s jubilee birthday honours in 2022.


PROJECT: Paul Johnson, SNC-Lavalin Atkins

Renowned for his achievements and developing others during a 20-year programme and project management (PPM) career, Paul Johnson is described as motivational, empowering, supportive, caring and a visible leader. An Atkins' Delivery Director, Paul has implemented innovative and efficient processes, upskilled the team, developed capability and improved engagement, creating a reputation for quality delivery, doubling annual revenue targets, supporting business growth and raising PPM's profile. Passionate about developing the next generation and creating a continuous improvement environment, Paul developed an APM approved PPM accreditation, resulting in Atkins being one of the first consultancies to provide a route to chartership.


PROJECT: David Jones, PA Consulting

I am a Chartered Project Professional, a Fellow of the APM, and hold a Doctorate in science with over 10-years' experience in P3M. My application outlines my success story in regards to the recovery of some of the most complex programmes within the defence sector. This application details how I specifically worked with the British Army to recover one of their newest armoured vehicle programmes, the challenges involved, and how I evolved my project into a success story. Please note my application is written in third person.

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