Do you have what it takes?

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APM is currently looking for new members of its board. This is a really important role and we’re keen to secure the services of suitably qualified people who can help move APM and the profession forward. There is a candidate briefing pack to explain exactly what we’re looking for, but for the purposes of this blog, for brevity and for people with extremely busy lives, I’ve outlined the key skills/qualities/requirements, below.

We would like nominations from people who are:

  • knowledgeable and outspoken;
  • strategic thinkers; and are committed to making APM a world class association that the members can be proud of;
  • passionate about project and programme management, and want to help craft our association;
  • recognised as leaders at the top of their game.

In very simple terms, if you want to get involved, have a track record of delivery and can add value to our vision, we’d love to hear from you. You can nominate yourself or ask a member to put you forward. It’s a great way to give back and there’s plenty in it from a professional and personal point of view (just take a look at what fellow board member Brian Wernham’s has to say. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why being an APM board member really matters and the difference you can make:

1. Take a leading role: Board members are involved in approving the strategic direction of the organisation, acting as ‘guardian’ of the charitable assets and being an advocate for APM. Scrutiny and assurance of APM’s delivery is also a key element of the role.

2. Show your skills: Board members demonstrate ability and competence across APM’s FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism (Depth, Breadth, Achievement, Commitment & Accountability).

3. Build new contacts: APM is keen to have a diverse board with a mix of skills and backgrounds. It is the membership which determines who will be elected but it is in APM’s interests for candidates to be of the highest calibre. The biographies of the current board are available on the APM website; this will give an appreciation of the current backgrounds, skills and experiences that board members have.

4. Add to your CV: New board members receive internal induction and trustee training. They are given access to an electronic library of governance and briefing material and are provided with the mentoring support of an established board colleague. All new board members receive a detailed briefing from the executive team and are strongly encouraged to attend a volunteers’ training day. Individual support, such as attendance at conferences, is available.

5. Raise your profile: Candidates’ election photos and statements, along with answers to a series of pre-set questions, will also be posted on the APM website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to participate in an election discussion which will feature on the APM website.

And if after all that, you still want more – or you’re so pushed for time that you’ve reached this point by skipping over or without really taking in the five key benefits above – you can always take a look at my video, which gives you all the details you need to know and crucially, should enable you to answer: Do you have what it takes?

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