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North West Branch Conference: Connecting Projects and People

9 May 2023
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North West Branch Conference: Connecting projects and people

Stantec logoThe North West Branch of the Association for Project Management are planning to continue the face-to-face Branch Conference series with a full day event in May 2023. 

Being a good communicator is a vital skill for a Project Manager as they bring together a wide range of knowledge and expertise to fulfil the project requirements and deliver the intended benefits.  

Interactive sessions will provide delegates with opportunities to contribute to important outputs from the day which may include potential solutions to their current problems.  

The day will bring together practitioners, employers, students, apprentices and academic staff and should be engaging to all those who have an interest in projects.

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Date: 9 May 2023
Time: 09:00-16:30
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Corporate partner & affiliate employee: £138

Member: £126

Student member: £30

Non-member: £180

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Objective of the Conference

The overall objective is to promote the Project Management profession with discussion and the interchange of ideas between different business sectors, academia & practitioners and those at different stages of their project management journey.

The opening plenary session will be an address by Mark Hepworth, the deputy CEO of the APM.

The venue provides:

  • A large open area will be available for students to present & illustrate their present coursework.
  • APM Corporate members to publicise opportunities for their Project Management apprenticeship schemes, other placements and to raise their profile in the North-West.
  • Delegate networking.
  • Keynote speakers.
  • Challenging Interactive experiences.

Connecting Projects and People, 9 May 2023


Registration and refreshments

Welcome, Professor Andy Dainty, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education, Manchester Metropolitan University

Welcome and housekeeping, Phil Hardy

Connecting People and Projects, Neil Horner, NW Branch Co-Chair

Mark Hepworth, APM Deputy CEO


Coffee break

Theme 1 - Connecting

Your opportunity to connect with new people, concepts, and ideas to support and accelerate your capability.

Theme 2 - People

Hearing from inspiring people about their professional development, challenges, and ambitions.

Theme 3 - Projects

Understanding the challenges being tackled by regional projects.


Marion Thomas, ExtraordinaryPM

Soft Skills Training for Project Management – harder than you might think!


Kun Wang & Ian Stewart,
Manchester University

Can AI learn to be a project professional? – An exploration based on our conception of ‘profession‘


Jane Dowson, LJMU

Interactive engagement in academic & professional PM learning


Liz Bohler,

From Man Met student to PMO


Simon Castle, Mott MacDonald

How would you project manage a Nightingale facility?


Juliet Maynard, Business Change PM in Public Sector Environments

MMU science & engineering academic vision project



Josh Hodder, Stantec

Stakeholder Engagement: Your secret weapon for project success


Nick Karamanis & Sundus Ahmad,

Managing Teams: setting-up, managing and developing the PMO team of a growing small size consulting company


Tim Lyons, People SIG

Understanding how humans work within teams


Andy Murray, MPA   
Governance SIG

Building your legacy: professional development with curiosity and purpose


Stephen O'Malley, Civic Engineers

15 Minute Cities - Accessibility is gold, mobility is not


Amy Blong & Mark Roberts,
Capgemini Invent

Supercharging Regional Presence – The Capgemini Invent Story

Coffee break

Plenary Session - facilitated panel discussion

Conference close, APM NW Branch Chair

Programme subject to change

Headline Sponsor

StantecStantec logo

We Design With Community In Mind

At Stantec, we have been working with our clients and communities in the UK for over 150 years. With over 1,800 people working in integrated regional teams across the UK, we plan, design, deliver and manage the development and infrastructure needed to support the creation of sustainable, healthy and prosperous communities.

Our work begins at the intersection of client relationships, creativity and community - providing effective and relevant solutions, translating our client’s vision into valued consents, deliverable plans for projects and programmes, and efficient designs for delivery, based on technical excellence and deep market insight.

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imprendimprend company logo

Ever been the victim of dodgy or completely absent project handover? Teams, roles, responsibilities, processes, documents, stakeholders, events, milestones - just a selection of the many items to include in a handover, yet so often missed out. 

imprend structures knowledge transfer from leavers through a flowing interview, diving below the surface for tips and pointers that get new joiners up to speed fast. For those newly picking up the slack, interactive visuals and contextual search provide answers with minimum effort. 

With over 12% of staff leaving each year, costing thousands of pounds in reduced productivity while onboarding replacements, isn't it time we started structuring transition? 

Completely free to try for the first five handovers – use imprend for your next leaver and be left with the peace of mind to continue leading your team to new heights.

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DBD InternationalDBD International

DBD International is an international engineering and professional advisory company, providing specialist engineering, project management, and consultancy services to a wide range of clients.

Based in Warrington, England, our team of highly experienced engineering, technical, and safety personnel provides solutions across the global landscape of the nuclear and process industries. Our team has been providing solutions and engineering support to some of the world’s most complex and challenging projects. Our core capabilities are in Nuclear Engineering, Mission Optimisation and Safety & Assurance.

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Capgemini InventCapgemini invent logo

As the digital innovation, design and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group, Capgemini Invent enables CxOs to envision and shape the future of their businesses. Located in more than 36 offices and 37 creative studios around the world, it comprises a 10,000+ strong team of strategists, data scientists, product and experience designers, brand experts and technologists who develop new digital services, products, experiences and business models for sustainable growth.

Capgemini Invent is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. The Group is guided everyday by its purpose of unleashing human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future. It is a responsible and diverse organization of over 360,000 team members in more than 50 countries. With its strong 55-year heritage and deep industry expertise, Capgemini is trusted by its clients to address the entire breadth of their business needs, from strategy and design to operations, fueled by the fast evolving and innovative world of cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms. The Group reported in 2022 global revenues of €22 billion.

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North West Branch Conference: Connecting Projects and People

9 May 2023

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School,
All Saint Campus,
Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6BG

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