With speakers drawn from APM’s respected Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) alongside expert advisors and professional development specialists, APM Presents is a uniquely interactive event which will provide those across the profession with unrivalled insight into real projects. 

  • Enabling Change
  • Portfolio Management
  • Programme Management
  • Assurance
  • Women in Project Management
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • People
  • Governance
  • PMO
  • Planning, Monitoring and Control
  • Benefits Management
  • Knowledge Management


Friday 7 July 2017


Etc Venues, 200 Aldersgate, St. Pauls, London EC1A 4HD

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List of speakers

Benefits Management SIG

Neil White
Neil is chair of the APM Benefits Management SIG and a founding member of the APM Enabling Change SIG.

Neil is an experienced change manager and strong advocate of benefits management in support of strategically driven organisational change. Neil has spent much of his career working in the aerospace and defence sector but in recent years has worked in the transport and government industry sectors.

Hobbies: gadgets, gardening and, of course, the APM Benefits Management SIG

Alexis Blades

Alexis has recently become involved with APM and the APM Benefits Management SIG.

Alexis has spent much of her career working in the oil and gas industry in West Africa and South East Asia but has also been a secondary mathematics teacher and now a civil servant.

Hobbies: sewing, yoga and the communication of benefits management to as many people as possible.

Contracts and Procurement SIG

John Lake, BSc CEng RPP MAPM MIET, Project Manager, Independent Consultant

Since graduating with an electronics degree, John’s career has spanned 30+ years. He has held positions in technical, project and general management within companies ranging from SME’s to large corporations. He has experience of both sides of the subcontracting equation and is keen to share this knowledge base with others and wishes to promote best practice within the professional project management community.

Anne Dwyer

Enabling Change SIG

Donna Unitt - Project Manager – Rocket Consulting Ltd

Donna is an experienced ambitious and driven IT and change management professional with a specialisation in supply chain logistics. She has a strong focus on warehouse management and transport management applications which has been developed through many years’ experience in implementation and IT project and programme management roles.

Donna is an effective communicator, with vast experience of managing business relationships across all levels and cultures, through large change projects.

With fifteen years of IT solution experience including multi-implementation life-cycles she has been involved in many different projects across the supply chain industry which is supported by strong references and a proven track record in successful project delivery and management.

Governance SIG

Roger Garrini 

Roger Garrini has worked in the defence industry for more than 40 years, firstly as a planner then as a project manager in a variety of markets and technologies. He later contributed to in developing and implementing project and risk management governance and toolsets. These toolsets included scheduling, generation of EV data and integrating enterprise-wide systems. After a period in audit and enterprise risk management he became an IPR Manager, his current role.

As a consequence of the audit role with its emphasis on risk and governance, he joined the Governance SIG to enhance his understanding of how the Board viewpoint of project management governance and to understand what good governance looks like and best practice implementation strategies.

As a member of the Governance SIG committee he is co-author of the Directing Agile Change and presents on agile project management governance. He has also contributed to guides produced by the Institute of Risk Management.

People SIG

Ian Cribbes, interim project manager and training manager

Ian has many years experience managing a wide range of major projects, both UK based and internationally, in a wide variety of sectors including defence and aerospace, and training management. As well as covering the day-to-day management of complex multi-stakeholder organisations, his experience also extends to the difficult navigation of customer-driven and intricate matrix scenarios while developing commercial sustainability and client satisfaction.

Having worked in the Middle East for many years he has an in-depth understanding of the cultural issues associated with both living and working there and have provided cultural awareness briefings to several UK organisations.

Ian is one of the founder members of the Stakeholder Engagement Focus Group.

Fran Bodley-Scott, customer and stakeholder relations consultant

Fran is a specialist in customer and stakeholder communications. She is a Chartered engineer and Chartered marketer, and has been involved with projects & programmes for over 20 years in IT, automotive, manufacturing, and business transformation. She is an associate member of APM and a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Focus Group, which is part of the People Specific Interest Group.

Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG

Anil N Godhawale, Managing Director, Projcon Group

Anil has over 20 years of experience in project controls and is passionate about this discipline that leads to him working in multiple capacities for implementation and enhancement of this growing subject i.e., managing director of Projcon Group (Project Controls Consultancy), founder of Project Controls Online (largest Project Controls e-network and knowledge base), project manager for Project Controls Expo (largest project controls event/show) and finally, founder and program director at Project Controls Institute (Blended Project Controls learning platform).

Simon Taylor

Simon’s career started in the steel manufacturing industry in 1995 learning mechanical design and fabrication. As technology advanced so did his skill set and he moved into product design for the food service sector working for clients such as Nestle, Unilever and Virgin.

As part of the end to end product design process, planning and project management became more and more part of his working life and this became something he decided to focus on as he took a job as a project manager working with in the London Underground supply chain. Being accustomed to processes and procedures within the LU network he moved to work directly for London Underground during the PPP contract (Public Private Partnership) working closely with Metronet and their suppliers.

It was here that his career as a planner finally took shape working on stations and line upgrade projects. He became a full time planner working on the Victoria Line Upgrade (VLU) and was then promoted to Programme Planning Manager in 2006.

After successful delivery of the VLU (ahead of schedule) he became head of planning for deep tube line upgrades and subsequently head of planning at Transport for London (TfL) where he was responsible for planning within capital projects across all transport modes. He was also heavily involved in planning and controls career development, including direct responsibility for the TfL planning apprenticeship.

Simon joined HS2 in March of 2015 as head of programme planning where he was responsible for planning and planning capability on one of the largest infrastructure programmes in Europe.

He is now a co-founder of th3rd curve ltd, member of the APM board, an active member of the APM Planning Monitoring & Control SIG, chairman of the Volunteer Steering Group (VSG) and co-author of the APM SIG Guide on Planning Monitoring and Control.


Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton has over 15 years’ experience in the project management industry and established her first PMO back in 2008. Since joining the APM, Emma-Ruth has been particularly active in the PMO industry. She strongly believes in the PMO as a key enabler of successful business.

Emma-Ruth created ERAP Consulting Ltd in 2014 with a vision of transforming PMO consultancy to align with the modern needs of business. She majors on collaboration – combining the process-driven world of PMO with the modern age of ‘here-and-now’ – where information and support is available 24×7 at the touch of a button.

As chair of APM PMO SIG Emma-Ruth is seeking to steer the PMO discipline from a traditionally administrative function to a fully embedded strategic business partner; for example, through curating events that inform and support this view, and enabling ‘PMO people’ to keep up with the exponential pace of business-related change.

Emma-Ruth actively embraces ‘out of the box’ thinking and often implements new ideas to prove a concept. Emma-Ruth has contributed to several publications including the Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices, Real Project Management (Peter Taylor), and several Project Magazine articles and Wellingtone’s recent State of Project Management Survey.

Simon George

Simon has been in and around PMOs since he was first asked to set up a PSO (support office) in the early 90’s.

He has been a project and programme manager as well as leading PMOs since the late 80’s.

He is a vocal advocate for establishing PMO’s as equal partners within the PPM community for the successful delivery of projects and programmes and for PMO’s to be seen as a valued career path for people entering, or already established, in the project world.

His experience includes multiple local authorities, IBM, JP Morgan, Tesco and currently Transport for London.

He is just entering his third year as a PMO SIG committee member.

Women in Project Management SIG

Hollie Woodard

Hollie began her career in the rail industry in 2004 working for Babcock Rail (formerly First Engineering) in York as an area admin supervisor. In 2007 she was approached to apply for a trainee quantity surveyors role. Hollie left Babcock in 2008 and was employed at Grant Rail as an assistant quantity surveyor. In 2012 she was then promoted to quantity surveyor. In 2013 Hollie decided she needed a new challenge and commenced upon a career change to project management, since then she has worked on a number of schemes at VolkerRail LTD ranging from signalling renewal projects to a complete new overhead line scheme.

Yvonne McBain

Women in Project Management committee member and full member of the Association for Project Management

Lead project manager, Group Operations Change, Lloyds Banking Group. Yvonne has been with LBG for three years but has over 13 years’ hands-on experience across the entire project life-cycle in various organisations.

Knowledge Management SIG

Judy Payne
Judy works as a management consultant and reluctant academic specialising in knowledge management, collaborative working and learning. Her work is positioned firmly on the boundaries between academia and practice. Not the most comfortable place to be, but there’s such a huge gap between the two that there’s a lot of bridging to be done.

Judy works with public, private and third sector organisations to improve their management of knowledge, and with universities to develop and deliver online degree programmes. At APM, she co-founded the Knowledge SIG. She has contributed new knowledge management sections to the next edition of the PMBOK® Guide and to P3O® Best Management Practice, and represents the UK as an expert on an ISO Working Group developing a knowledge management standard.

Judy is also known for introducing collaborative working and social software to the Henley Knowledge Management Forum and for being a member of the #teatowelclub on Twitter.

Martin Fisher
Martin has been a knowledge manager for ten years and is currently in that role at HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd based in Birmingham.

Martin has worked in several government sector and education roles on communications, advice giving and training; and led KM in health and social care improvement services, a not-for-profit environmental body and a manufacturing training and consulting company.

He is:

  • passionate about democratising knowledge, de-mystifying KM and technology and re-humanising the world of work in general
  • a co-founding committee member of the APM Specific Interest Group on Knowledge
  • an incurable musician, a fair-weather cyclist, a some-time jogger and a German graduate.
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