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APM North West Branch Conference | Synergies Across Sectors

Manchester Conference Centre | 30 April 2024
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Thriving amongst diverse sector demands

This full-day conference will allow project professionals to examine best practices from a range of different business sectors with the intention of adopting better options and strategies in their own sector. 

The main conference objective is to promote the Project Management profession with interaction between project practitioners, APM Corporate members, current project management students, academia and all who have an interest in projects.

Group booking deal available! Buy three tickets and get the fourth ticket free. Discount automatically applied during online booking (excludes Student members).

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Date: 30 April 2024
Time: 09:00-16:30
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Member: £115.00
Non-member: £170.00
Corporate Partner/Affiliate employee: £125.00
Student member: £30.00 (limited availability)

All prices exclude VAT

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Conference themes

The format for the day will include plenary sessions by key speakers and simultaneous presentations and workshops across three themes.

Theme 1: Adaptability and Frameworks

No singular business sector can provide the optimum approach for all project situations. Therefore, this theme explores the necessity for project professionals to embrace adaptable frameworks that can be tailored to specific sector requirements.

Theme 2: Breaking Down Barriers

This theme examines how the commonalities of Project Management can serve as a foundation for collaboration and knowledge sharing among project professionals from diverse sectors. Can a cross-boundary approach provide diverse processes, procedures, and industry practices that impact project management effectiveness and outcomes?

Theme 3: Economic Performance

Unless undertaken for charitable needs or company reputation, most projects target a financial return on investment as one of the key benefits. This theme will explore the relation between improved project management capabilities and the overall economic performance and/or competitiveness of organisations and the region.

Conference programme (subject to change)

🕐 09:00-09:30

Registration and refreshments

 🕐 09:30-09:35


APM North West branch committee

🕐 09:35-10:00

Professor Adam Boddison OBE - Chief Executive Officer, APM

 🕐 10:00-10:45

Opening keynote

Projecting for the Future: Harmonising Energy and Environment

Graham Winch - Professor of Project Management, Alliance Manchester Business School

APM launched Projecting the Future in June 2019 to debate the challenges and opportunities for the profession, building on the 2017 Future of Project Management exercise conducted by Arup and University College London. This presentation will provide the initial results from this third phase of reflection on the future of our profession.

 🕐 10:45-11:15 


  🕐 11:15-12:00

🕐 11:15-12:00 Theme 1: Adaptability and Frameworks

Tell us what to do, not how to do it

Alan Livingstone - Project Delivery Lead, UK&I Water Sector, Stantec

How the Stantec Project Management Framework provides our PMs with the flexibility to deliver projects of varying complexity, across a variety of different sectors, within a Global Organisation.

🕐 11:15-12:00 Theme 2: Breaking Down Barriers

The Future is Fractional

Karen Frith - Founder & Managing Partner, Greenlight Partners

Discover the transformational impact of working with fractional experts. Learn how businesses and professionals are embracing fractional roles and how they’re redefining work structures for optimal agility and efficiency.

🕐 11:15-12:00 Theme 3: Economic Performance

Lessons learned across projects

Barney Harle - Head of Major Projects, Manchester City Council

What are my key takeaways from working on a vast array of projects including the recent 30+ low carbon and decarbonisation schemes at Manchester City Council?

  🕐 12:00-12:45

🕐 12:00-12:45 Theme 1: Adaptability and Frameworks

Agile Adaptability: Navigating Project Management in a Dynamic World

Nathan Lumb - Partners Project Manager, GEIC

This presentation delves into the vital role adaptability plays in modern project management.

🕐 12:00-12:45 Theme 2: Breaking Down Barriers

New to Nuclear - Transition into nuclear from other sectors

Elaine Falconer - Head of Profession for Project Management, Jacobs

In this session, Jacobs will share insights and learning from its ‘New to Nuclear’ programme designed to support mid-career and lateral entrants whose existing skills and expertise can be utilised in the nuclear sector.

🕐 11:15-12:00 Theme 3: Economic Performance

Speaker to be announced soon.

🕐 12:45-13:45


🕐 13:45-15:00

🕐 13:45-15:00 Theme 1: Adaptability and Frameworks

People showcase. Get involved in the conference.

🕐 13:45-15:00 Theme 2: Breaking Down Barriers

Inclusive Practices in Project Management: Leveraging Digital Frameworks for Diverse Minds

Caroline Keep - PhD researcher Digitization in Education Organisation – University of Central Lancaster

This talk aims to provide actionable insights and strategies for embedding inclusivity into the fabric of project management, thereby unlocking the new dimensions of productivity and innovation in the digital sphere.

🕐 13:45-15:00 Theme 3: Economic Performance

Project showcase. Get involved in the conference.

🕐 15:00-15:30 


 🕐 15:30-16:15

Closing keynote to be announced soon.

 🕐 16:15-16:30

Closing comments

APM North West branch committee

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Want to get involved on the day?

The APM North West conference planning team has scheduled breakout sessions to create opportunity for you to present to your co-delegates on a topic of your choice. These short presentation slots (max 10 minutes, recommending time for questions) will centre on:

People: Who want to share a personal story / experience relating to Project Management. We encourage those who are proud, motivated an excited about the opportunities created within and across our profession to share their stories to inspire others.

Projects: People have worked on. This may include a project you have led, worked on, or felt connected to, which has had a positive impact beyond the intended outcome. We encourage those who appreciate and celebrate projects and their successes to share their experiences to inspire others.

To secure a presentation slot please complete this survey with a statement (no more than 100 words) outlining your idea/appetite. We will be in touch to discuss further and help you prepare.

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North West Branch Conference 2024 | Synergies Across Sectors

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Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre,
Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

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