19 January 2021 - 20 January 2021
Online webinar
  • Add to Calendar 2021-01-19 11:00:00 2021-01-20 18:00:00 Europe/London APM Virtual Volunteers’ Forum Please ensure you have booked to attend this APM Volunteer's Virtual Forum, from the APM event website page. Webinar

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APM Virtual Volunteers’ Forum

We are delighted to confirm the dates for the APM Virtual Volunteers’ Forum.

This event, held over Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 January, will open with the latest updates from our Chief Executive and Chair.

There will also be sessions exploring the APM Hub, our competence framework research and more. We have brought a little interaction to some of the sessions via breakout rooms, and you’ll be able to share your experiences with others more easily, whatever stage in your career you are.

The forum will close with an expanded virtual Volunteer Achievement Awards, where we can celebrate the significant contribution of you and our entire volunteer community.

Please see below for the full programme, we look forward to welcoming you to our sessions.

After you have registered your interest to attend the forum, you will receive an invitation to attend each session.

Please accept, tentatively accept or decline each invitation, according to your availability. This will allow us to see the numbers for each session.

If you need any further help gaining access, please email


Day 1 sessions - Tuesday 19 January 2021

12:00-13:00 APM update – Debbie Dore, APM Chief Executive and Debbie Lewis, APM Chair

To open the forum, our Chief Executive and Chair will provide an APM update on key events and result in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the update.

16:00-17:00 APM Hub refresher session - Debbie Bird, APM Online Community Manager and Ewelina Kruk, APM Volunteer Steering Group member

This session will be a live demonstration of the benefits of the APM Hub. The functionality and structure of the Hub has changed since launch, with new navigation and areas of interest. The session will also describe the role of Hub Champions and how members can become experts in the art of asking a good question to ensure engagement when they post.

17:00-18:00 Marketplace breakout session - Caspar Bartington, APM Head of Volunteer and Education Engagement and Georgia Shaw, APM Apprentice Ambassador

Which areas of the project profession pique your interest?

Perhaps it’s Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) on topics such as risk management, portfolio management and assurance? Maybe you’re looking to take the next steps in your career and learn about APM’s qualifications? Maybe you’re looking to become a Chartered Project Professional? Or just meet likeminded professionals within the fantastic project profession?

This session will give you the opportunity to explore different breakout rooms, network, and explore your areas of interest.


Day 2 sessions - Wednesday 20 January 2021

11:00-11:30 Competence Framework update – Jackie Martin, APM Head of Education and Lifelong Learning

In spring 2020 we started a review of APM’s competence framework. As one of APM’s most valued resources we wanted to engage widely with members to ensure that any revisions we make reflect how people want to work with the framework. We also want to ensure we incorporate additional skills, knowledge or behaviours which are essential to the profession today.

This session will provide an opportunity for you to hear about our progress so far, ask questions about the work we are doing and learn about our next steps.

12:00-13:00 What is ‘project management knowledge’? Roy Millard, APM Volunteer Steering Group member

Like so many terms, it can mean different things to different people, depending on their perspective.

The session will explore the term in its broadest sense. We will share our perspectives, and (hopefully) come away with a much better understanding of what it embraces.

This will not be an academic session. Although there’ll be a bit of theoretical scene setting at the beginning, it’s really about achieving a broad understanding of the topic, where we as volunteers fit in, who the other stakeholders are and what they do.

Importantly, we’ll try to identify where there may be gaps in the project management knowledge landscape, and how these could be filled.

16:30-17:00 Open discussion session - Debbie Lewis, APM Chair

An opportunity to join our Chair for an open discussion where you can share your feedback and ask questions.

17:00-18:00 VVF wrap-up and Volunteer Achievement Awards - Peter Horsted, APM Volunteer Steering Group member and Debbie Lewis, APM Chair

Peter will give his perspectives and reflections on the forum before taking final questions and introducing the expanded APM Volunteer Achievement Awards. Debbie Lewis will be joining us to celebrate the achievements of the entire volunteer community as well as announcing the winners of each category.


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