Andy has over 35 years’ experience of working in a complex project environment. Andy spent 20 years within the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) starting as an electronics apprentice, Andy then joined the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors (RCNC) and had responsibility for the production and acceptance aspects for a complex warship project for the Royal Navy.
In 2000 Andy joined the aerospace, defence and security Thales Group. Within Thales, Andy has held a variety of roles. Andy was the project manager for a successful project which modernised the fire control and sighting systems of the British Army’s armoured vehicle fleet.
Following a career in project delivery, Andy moved into a general management role leading a multi-site business unit which delivered customer services and support. In 2012 Andy became the Quality Director for Thales UK with responsibility for creating an integrated quality team from 20+ legacy company organisations and overseeing the successful implementation of a new company wide process management system.
In 2014 Andy became Bid and Project Management Director for Thales UK with responsibility for a large functional team of 700+ bid managers, project managers, project controllers and planners. Andy had functional and governance responsibility across a diverse portfolio of 300+ bids and projects.
Andy joined BAE Systems in 2017 to lead the project management function within the Naval Ships business unit. Andy is responsible for a function of 400 project management professionals covering project manager and project planning monitoring & controls specialist roles. BAE Systems Naval Ships has major centres of operations in Scotland and is delivering a portfolio of complex new shipbuilding projects for the Royal Navy.
Presenting on: Developing Our Project Management Professionals
Synopsis: Within the context of large complex engineering defence projects, roles for “project management professionals” will be reviewed.
In the complex project environment there are clear roles and career opportunities for both Project Managers and Project Controls specialists.
The importance of leadership skills and competencies will be examined with a case study of a training programme to develop future leaders of complex project, programmes and portfolios. Trends impacting the future of the profession will be considered along with the importance of early careers programmes and the shift to project management increasingly becoming a 1st career choice.