The Evolving Project Professional Driving Sustainability

APM South Wales and West of England Branch Conference is returning to 2020 after a very successful launch in 2019!

The pertinent question to the project profession is no longer how to deal with external change, but how does the profession itself evolve to continue being as effective in the future.

The 2020 Conference turns the spotlight on the project professionals themselves, and asks how they can adapt to this future and deliver a more sustainable world.

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Date: 14 October 2020
Time: 09:00 - 16:00 (BST)
Venue: Online
Price: Free to attend

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The conference will focus on the following key areas:

SKILLS: Harnessing new and disruptive technologies
With technological advances (digitalisation), shifts in society (remote working, virtual teams), and the many unknowns of the future (AI), project professionals need to be open to new ideas, flexible and ready to adapt to change. This will require a combination of soft skills and digital skills.

CULTURE: Navigating the changing professional landscape
The future of the workplace is changing, and as a result the profession will need to change. In many ways, their role will become more important, and the emphasis will be placed onto ‘softer’ skills, such as leadership and emotional intelligence, will play a key role

TOOLS: Exploring innovative systems and processes
Operating in a technology driven world, and the landscape in which the project profession applies our skills and creates our culture, has changed significantly. The tools, processes, and methodologies we utilise and adopt, are developing in line with our evolving environment.

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Why should I attend?

  • Understand the challenges facing the project profession in the future.
  • Learn more about the evolution of the project professional.
  • Understand what skills, tools, and cultural aspects you will need to adapt to ensure you and your company remain successful.
  • Be inspired by well-respected speakers.
  • Gain up to seven hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

Keynote speaker - Sue Kershaw

APM President, Visiting Professor, The Bartlett UCL and MD Transportation Costain

Sue has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery.  She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London. 

Before joining Costain, Sue was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory. Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority.  Sue is a civil engineer and started her career with Taylor Woodrow. 

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Fellow of both the APM and the Institution of Engineering and Technology, GCHQ

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Dr David Marsh


Director of Major Programmes and Projects, UK Ministry of Defence

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Associate Professor Eleni Papadonikolaki


Management Consultant and Lecturer, University College London

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David Whitmore


Management Consultant,

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Isabelle Linden


Managing Consultant, PA Consulting

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Edel Christie


Global Transformation Leader,

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Dr Michal Nachmany


London School of Economics

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Claire Dellar


The Change Specialists

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Sarah-Jane Osborne


Head of Workplace, Arcadis

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Titus Fernandez


Digital Director, Arcadis

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Full programme - Wednesday 14 October




Hosted by Ben Whitlock, MI-GSO|PCUBED

Sue Kershaw APM President, Visiting Professor, the Bartlett UCL and MD Transportation Costain


Hosted by Martin Gosden, APM SWWE Branch

The New Project Management Skills Gap
Associate Professor Eleni Papadonikolaki Management consultant and Lecturer, University College London
David Whitmore Managing Consultant, MI-GSO|PCUBED

Why I didn’t take the red pill: Virtual leadership in a time of crisis
Claire Dellar Transformists - The Change Specialists​


Hosted by Nick Jones, Frazer-Nash Consultancy Ltd

The (Business) Case for Climate Action
Dr Michal Nachmany Policy Fellow, London School of Economics

Purposeful P3M at GCHQ – Pandemic to Panacea

Challenging the Mindset of Sustainability – from cost to business opportunity

Isabelle Linden Managing Consultant, PA Consulting


Hosted by Julian Wotton, Arcadis

Jobs to be Done: Think Outcome First
Edel Christie Global Transformation Leader, Arcadis
Sarah-Jane Osborne Head of Workplace, Arcadis
Titus Fernandez Digital Director, Arcadis


Hosted by Ben Whitlock, MI-GSO|PCUBED

Positive Futures – Project Management in the next decade
Dr David Marsh Head of Project Delivery Profession for UK Ministry of Defence

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The Evolving Project Professional Driving Sustainability
14 October 2020

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