10 September 2021
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  • Add to Calendar 2021-09-10 12:30:00 2021-09-10 13:30:00 Europe/London Real World Project Management Webinar - Defra: Our project management maturity journey Webinar

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Real World Project Management Webinar - Defra: Our project management maturity journey

This webinar is exclusively in benefit of APM members and partners.

DEFRA identified the need for an enterprise PPM tool in early 2020.  This webinar provides you with the opportunity to gain a detailed insight into this successful business transformation.

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In early 2020, DEFRA’s Director-General Chief Operating Officer, Sarah Homer, identified the need for a PPM tool that would enhance visibility, transparency, delivery, risk, and issue management. Microsoft Gold Partner and approved HM Government G-Cloud supplier, Wellingtone, were selected to support the build, configuration, and rollout of Microsoft Project Online with Microsoft Power BI across DEFRA’s Corporate Services Division.

DEFRA’s Michelle Ward – PMO Lead, Programme Transformation and Wellingtone Senior Consultant, Amy Lewis will present the DEFRA project management maturity journey.

Gain practical insight into the approach, the complexity, and the success of this transformation project, undertaken during the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Standard PPM methodologies, processes and the tooling have now been adopted across DEFRA Corporate Services.

If you are looking to make a step change in your project and portfolio management maturity or looking to deploy a Microsoft PPM solution, then this webinar will be of great interest to you.

Join Michelle and Amy to hear the DEFRA story as they share their experience, lessons, and practical recommendations.

The session will conclude with a question and answer session.


Michelle Ward is an interim Programme Lead currently working at Defra and is responsible for the delivery of the Unified PMO Programme across Corporate Services plus parts of Defra group. Partnering with Wellingtone PPM, Michelle and her team have successfully deployed Project Online and Power Bi across Corporate Services Portfolio to enable a single way of working for the PPPM community. Michelle uses her experience in leadership, strategic thinking, PPM practice, business change and communications to facilitate the delivery of her stakeholder’s vision. Her previous programmes include Smarter Ways of Working, delivering PAS3000 initiatives across the Public Sector, & BT’s acquisition of EE, leading on pre-merger discovery & post-merger commercial efficiencies.


Amy Lewis is a PMO specialist with extensive experience in central government and a particular focus on the value of the PMO as a strategic business partner. As Client Lead for Wellingtone, Amy is responsible for Microsoft Project deployments namely within the public sector. Having worked for various government departments and as a qualified Axelos P3M3 assessor, Amy is passionate about how technologies can be utilised to enable a step change in P3 maturity for this sector.



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