18 October 2022
Crowne Plaza Kings Cross 1 King's Cross Road london London Borough of Wandsworth WC1X 9HX
  • Add to Calendar 2022-10-18 10:00:00 2022-10-18 17:00:00 Europe/London Driving projects “looking through the windscreen” – exploring the opportunities, challenges and techniques Crowne Plaza Kings Cross

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Driving projects “looking through the windscreen” – exploring the opportunities, challenges and techniques


If we were to drive cars like we run projects, we’d probably all stay at home. We’d crash into other cars, ignore signals and sit in traffic jams, giving up miles from where we thought we were going. When driving, we focus on what lies ahead, anticipating changes and adjusting our approach. We accept that plans are tentative and may change.  

Many project teams look back, tracking performance against a plan created before the work started, focus is on why the plan isn’t being followed, even when we’re facing challenges we couldn’t have known about at the beginning.  

This conference explores how to drive change, continuously recognising challenges and responding to them. Six APM SIGs will present their tools, techniques and tips for looking ahead through workshops designed to challenge conventional thinking, and how to convince senior leaders of the need to change. Collaborative and interactive, all delegates will receive a short report, produced from the conference discussions, on how to improve project performance through a simple change in mindset.


  • Discuss the tools and techniques of the respective SIG disciplines for looking forward, towards success 
  • Consider alternative approaches to project foresight 
  • Interactive sessions and groupwork for inclusive and thought-provoking discussion 
  • Gain take-away insights to apply to your projects to make them more 'forward-looking' 
  • Network with your peers 


10:00 – 10.30   Registration and welcome refreshments 

10.30 – 11.15   What happens if we don’t focus on the future within the project? 

11.15 – 11.45   Refreshment break 

11.45 – 12.45   How can we increase our focus on the future in the project environment? 

Three simultaneous breakout sessions will explore the perspectives of the participating specific interest groups on foresight and the tools and techniques of the respective disciplines. 

12.45 – 13.45   Lunch break 

13.45 – 14.00   Feedback from breakout sessions 

14.00 – 15.00   What are the opportunities and challenges of looking forward? – An introduction to futurist aims, tools and techniques  

Consecutive breakout sessions to explore the opportunities presented by looking forward, and the challenges encountered. 

15.00 – 15.30   Refreshment break 

15.30 – 15.40   Who do we need to convince of the need to be forward-looking? 

15.40 – 16.35   How can we help key stakeholders to change? 

16.35 – 17.00   Summary of key points and next steps 

17.00   Close 



Chris Blockley-Webb, DRA Assistant Head of Risk, UK Ministry of Defence

Gary Flanagan, Deputy Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Anthony Gibson, Chief Systems Delivery Engineer, Sellafield Ltd 

Ian Heptinstall, Associate Professor in Project Management, University of Birmingham

Graham Houghton, Project Engineering Manager, Sellafield Ltd

Christopher RasiahEngineering Manager | Senior Process Consultant, Genesis Energies

Wendy Schultz, Fellow, World Futures Studies Federation

Jim Scopes, Foresight Consultant

Pamela Stacey, Head of Programme & Corporate Assurance, HS2 (High Speed Two) Ltd

Jo Stanford, Projects Portfolio Professional & Head of Project Profession, Health Education England

Victoria Ward, Founder, Victoria Ward Ltd

Andy Wright, Managing Partner, Dynamic Technologies

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