19 February 2019
UClan Samuel Lindow Building Samuel Lindow lecture Westlakes Science and Technology Park United Kingdom CUMBRIA CA24 3JY
  • 2019-02-19 18:00:00 2019-02-19 20:00:00 Europe/London Repairing Cumbria after Storm Desmond Don't forget to book your place on the APM website The Samuel Lindow Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3JY University of Central Lancashire

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Repairing Cumbria after Storm Desmond

The Samuel Lindow Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3JY

Home to the Lake District National Park with over 16 lakes, Cumbria is used to receiving its fair share of rainfall, but in December 2015 that all changed… the name ‘Desmond’ will be forever etched on the residents of Cumbria. In 24 hours Storm Desmond wreaked havoc across Cumbria, releasing over 34cm of rain or 1.15 trillion litres – a new highest ever record! 

As the rain worked its way down the mountains, the watercourses below struggled to discharge this unprecedented level of water. Storm Desmond turned roads into rivers and towns into lakes; it destroyed historic buildings and assets that had stood the test of time for hundreds of years. Put simply, the county was broken and in a state of emergency.

Cumbria County Council's response was rapid. With the formation of its Infrastructure Recovery Programme, it set about repairing over 1200 individual assets. Hear how the programme coped with assessing the impact to England’s third largest county; the challenges of establishing an integrated programme team; how the programme became an environment where innovation was standard; and how behaviours played such a crucial role in gluing the programme together.

Nick Raymond is a Senior Manager for Cumbria County Council. He is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for the council’s Infrastructure Recovery Programme, working alongside colleagues from Mott MacDonald with overall responsibility for successful completion of the four year £123m programme. Nick was responsible for defining the structure for the programme management team in terms of its joint working relationship.

Nick has developed his skills within the transportation field over the last 30 years, and has significant experience in delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects.

Focusing on openness and transparency as a mainstay of his management style, Nick aims to lead team members by offering a clear and consistent example, using a career of experience to deliver projects to the highest level.

David Brown is a Projects Director at Mott MacDonald and is currently embedded with Cumbria County Council as their Programme Director, leading the Infrastructure Recovery Programme established in the wake of Storm Desmond. As well as delivering this challenging programme, David has led the team to a number of awards and recognitions from the industry.

David has over 20 years experience in contractor, client and consultant environments, creating a unique, balanced and broad perspective on all areas of project and programme delivery.

David majors on building and developing behavioural based high performing teams. His mantra is that “technical skills can be taught relatively quickly, behaviours are deeper rooted and take time to unlock”. David dedicates significant time to ensuring that his high behavioural standard cascades throughout his immediate and extended team.

Ian Rowley is a Project Principle at Mott MacDonald and is currently embedded with Cumbria County Council as the Programme Delivery Manager for the Infrastructure Recovery Programme. A key element of Ian’s role is the integration and management of the operational team supply chain, ensuring effective stakeholder management to successfully deliver the programme to agreed cost, time and quality criteria.

Ian has over 30 years experience in contractor, client and consultant environments, providing strong leadership and developing effective teams to deliver projects and programmes. He is passionate about developing people’s skills and approach in the construction industry, which is reflected in the diversity, strength and commitment of the teams he works with.

This event is free for all to attend, and is suitable for professionals with any level of experience.

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APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition reference

Section Description
1.1.2 Programme management
2.1.7 Teamwork
3.2.6 Solutions development

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