APM National Conference for Women in Project Management 2016

The chartered body for the project profession's yearly inspirational APM conference is aimed at women in the project management profession. Held on 29 September 2016 in London, the WiPM Conference attracted a record 350 project professionals to hear a range of leading speakers talking about the issues of equality, leadership and changing behaviours, whilst addressing the conference theme of World Class Women. Following an incredibly successful event in the APM National Conference for Women in Project Management 2016 was confirmed as a finalist in the Best Association Conference up to 450 delegates category.

Developing world-class women - sponsored by BAE Systems

Projects now and in the future depend on a large and diverse pool of talented professionals.

Women working across projects, programmes and portfolios have a critical role to play in providing the breadth and depth of capability needed to ensure project success in the UK and beyond. Drawing on inspirational keynotes, thought-leaders and innovative employers, this conference provided delegates with insight and inspiration, encouraging them to become and develop world-class women in the project management profession; and explaining how the profession itself will benefit as a result.

WiPM Conference speakers

Welcome and introduction

  • Sara Drake - chief executive of the Association for Project Management

Keynote speaker

  • Rt Hon Harriet Harman - Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham
  • Josephine Fairley - Keynote speaker - co-founder of Green & Black’s - Speaker presentation
  • Peter Cheese -  chief executive of CIPD - Speaker presentation
  • Teri Okoro - founder and director of TOCA  

Stream chairs

  • Sarah Christie-Rundle - learning director, Minerva Engagement
  • Sarah Coleman - fellow and former non-executive director of the APM
  • Teri Okoro - founder and director of TOCA

Stream speakers

  • Deborah Hulme - director, Minerva Engagement - Speaker presentation
  • Emma Smythe - head of learning, BAE Systems   
  • James Thomas - managing director of Seren Partnership Limited - Speaker presentation
  • Michelle van der Duin - global skillpool manager for Shell’s Project Engineering community - Speaker presentation
  • Stephanie Fairhurst - psychological skills mentor, Chimp Management
  • Sue Pritchard -  leadership and change consultant, suleis.com -  Speaker presentation
  • Tom Frost - head of Shell Project Academy - Speaker presentation

Panel Debate

  • Gillian Arnold -  Tectre
  • Sharon de Mascia - director of Cognoscenti Business Psychologists Ltd
  • Russel Jamieson - co-chair of the People SIG and Head of the APM Awards
  • Rod Baker - director of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS)

More details

APM WiPM Conference 2016 photos

APM National Conference for Women in Project Management 2016


  • 20|20 Business Insight
  • BAE Systems
  • Differentia Consulting
  • Novare Consulting
  • QA Ltd
  • Thales Learning & Development​
  • WMG, University of Warwick
  • Wellingtone


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