28 January 2021
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  • Add to Calendar 2021-01-28 13:00:00 2021-01-28 14:30:00 Europe/London Advancing the skills of Project Managers in the Pharmaceutical and Life Science sector Webinar

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Advancing the skills of Project Managers in the Pharmaceutical and Life Science sector

APM’s recent Golden Thread research into the Healthcare sector showed that projects in these areas contribute £17.5 billion to the UK economy annually and generate 223,800 full-time equivalent workers. Competition for skilled staff is strong, particularly in pharmaceuticals as many project management roles demand staff with knowledge of process or medicinal chemistry as well as project management skills.

We invite you to join a webinar focusing on the Pharmaceutical and the Life Science sector, where we will explore the skills, knowledge and competencies a project professional in this sector needs to be successful.

We will journey into the future to discuss with our guest speaker from leading pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, what they believe project management development will look like and what they look for when recruiting and sourcing project managers. There will be the opportunity to ask questions in an interactive Q&A session.

This webinar is in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Industry Project Management Group (PIPMG)

Guest Speakers

Gillian Magee  - Portfolio and Project Management Team Lead

Gillian is a IT Portfolio Manager for AstraZeneca, where she is responsible for portfolios in HR, Legal, Global Sustainability and Corporate Affairs. Prior to her work with AstraZeneca, she led a range of complex projects and programmes in both the public and private sectors, including:

  • Defining the professional services operating model for University College London
  • Putting the IT kit onto the UK’s largest ever cruise ship
  • Programme management of the Gershon Review of Public Spending
  • Designing the IT strategies for the Houses of Parliament and the University of Cambridge, and for Research Support at the University of Manchester
  • Building the grading engine for GCSEs and A-Levels for OCR

She has delivered using agile and traditional methodologies, and loves the complexity that comes with large transformation programmes.


Richard Cairnes, Director - Pharmaceutical & Life Science (Science and Technology) sectors

Richard is a director at Currie & Brown in the London project management pharmaceutical and life sciences team and a committee member of the Association for Project Management (APM) Programme Management SIG. He is a Professional Member of the Association for Project Management and a Chartered Surveyor with nearly 20 years’ experience in a wide variety of sectors, now specialising in pharmaceutical & life science project and programme delivery in the private and public sectors. Richard actively promotes project and programme management awareness, providing thought leadership on appropriate subject matter topics, collaboration, providing knowledge sharing and transfer in appropriate tools, processes and areas of good practice and championing a programmatic approach to delivery. He has published several recent external thought leadership articles on vaccine distribution and the enormous challenge faced by project professionals, and change management which evaluated the importance of change management, using programmes as a delivery vehicle for the change implementation process.


Rebecca Fox, Director of membership

Before joining APM in 2017, Rebecca had already established a strong track record of generating positive commercial results through focusing on the customer and living the values of the organisations she worked for. She came to APM as head of commercial and was appointed head of membership in 2019.

In her current role, Rebecca puts APM’s members – both individual and corporate – at the heart of her decision-making, stating that customer focus and a strategic approach are important factors in achieving objectives.

Rebecca’s holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and her career journey includes 10 years in international roles with DHL Express in Dubai, Brussels and Macedonia, as well as 5 years with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) as General Manager of CIPS MENA (Middle East and North Africa)



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