Past, present and future - all in a day's work for the APM Board

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Following our trip to Leeds for the last meeting as guests of DWP, we headed back to Ibis House for the July Board. Holding the meeting at APM HQ in Princes Risborough provided the opportunity to join together with the APM executive for an extended workshop to investigate the further development of the associations long term strategy.

We already have a well defined short-term strategy which focuses on developing and promoting professional standards and creating an effective infrastructure to support these activities.

This longer term strategy looks towards a vision not only for the APM, but for the profession as a whole. Its an interesting challenge, and one that requires an immense amount of research and deliberation. There is still much to be done before we can start the consultation phase of this work, but we have certainly made an exciting start.

The July meeting is always set aside to agree and adopt the annual accounts and trustee report for the year which we are required by law to submit. Its been a very strong year for the association, illustrated by the 437k of project expenditure being reinvested into developing the APM and the profession.

These investments included the introduction of online joining and renewals, website development, the development of the professional standard pilot and the concept of a new route to APMP for PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners. The annual report was approved and will now go into production so that it is available in advance of the Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 8th November 2010 in Princes Risborough.

In addition, the refresh programme is underway and the first project within it, namely the development of 6th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge, is on track to be delivered in 2011.

We also received the nominations for both the Sir Monty Finniston Award and for the Honorary Fellows. These awards recognise the significant contribution its recipients have made to both APM and the profession. Their work is inspirational and has helped form, develop and strengthen the profession. It is another group of very worthy recipients, but Im afraid Im forbidden from releasing the names, as all will be revealed at the APM Project Management Awards on the 21st October, so book early!

Alistair Godbold

Posted by Alistair Godbold on 26th Jul 2010

About the Author

I am a Senior Consultant with the Nichols Group and a Programme Manager with over 30 years' experience delivering projects and programmes. These have ranged from large multi-disciplinary high integrity safety related systems in regulated environments, building and relocation, through organisation wide business change and IT projects. I have also advised companies on improving their project control and delivery effectiveness, setting up Programme Management Offices, project control systems and processes with the accompanying governance, skills and behaviours.

I have conducted a number of project and organisational reviews, designed and led a group providing assurance for a portfolio of over £14bn. I have led the development of individual Project Management capability, competency and organisational maturity and worked on projects and reviews in the UK, Australia and in Brazil. I have worked in a wide range of industries including; aviation, rail, nuclear and mining. I have a BSc(Hons) in computer science, and MBA in project management, I am a Fellow of the APM, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Society of Arts Manufacturing and Commerce. I am also an RPP and a CEng.

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