Tom Frost CEng FIMechE, RPP FAPM, Head of Shell Project Academy

Tom Frost is the Head of Shell Project Academy with responsibility for the capability building, assessment and growth of the project communities in Shell. Tom brings his considerable front-line project experience into this position through a strong background in project delivery in oil and gas upstream capital projects. He has worked on projects for / in Gabon, Russia, United Kingdom, South Korea, The Netherlands, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates and Iraq. 

Tom studied Engineering with Economics and Management, is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng FIMechE), a Registered Project Professional (RPP) and a Chartered Fellow of the Association for Project Management (ChPP FAPM).

Session title: Distilling the essence of project leadership

Session synopsis: Tom, alongside researcher and author Sarah Coleman will explain the APM’s newest research publication into project leadership competences. Interviews across five multinational organisations (BAE Systems, IQVIA, Jacobs, Shell and Siemens) provided the perspective from practising project leaders, aspiring project leaders, heads of profession, project sponsors and clients to help focus, develop and refine our understanding of project leadership for capability building for project professionals and their organisations.

We wanted to identify, highlight and share those particular project leadership competences at a time when projects are becoming a strategic issue for organisations and for ‘mega projects’ commissioned by governments and other clients. With major projects representing high cost, becoming more complex and increasingly using extended supply chains and multi-geographical virtual teams, they also represent high risk.

The research has a three-strand approach connecting academia, industry and project practitioners to ensure that the findings reflect the project leadership challenges that industry is currently facing.

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