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APM Board appoints new chairman

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Posted by APM on 15th Nov 2013

Steve WakeThe Association for Project Management has announced that Steve Wake is to become its new chairman, taking over from Mike Nichols.

Steve, who joined the APM Board in 2012, was previously a member of the APM Council. He has been a long standing chairman of the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group (SIG) and is a management consultant specialising in earned value project management. Steve (pictured) is acknowledged as one of the leading global experts in earned value (EV) and has established reciprocity between the US ANSI EV Standard and the UK APM Guideline.

Steve was voted chairman by his fellow Board members at their first meeting on 12th November 2013 following the associations Annual General Meeting the previous evening. Following the APM Board elections, the Board has three new and one returning member for 2013/14. The Board elected long standing Board member John Gordon as deputy chairman, replacing Alistair Godbold.

As a result of his appointment, Steve will be standing down from his chairing role within the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG and from his position on the SIG Steering Group.

Steve said: My aim has always been to ensure that APM members are at the heart of the profession in general and the association in particular.

The APM Board needs the support of the membership and the profession. We are working on something called Listening, Learning and Leading. These are words we want APM to stand for and our members to be.

Listening, Learning and Leading aims to open up a conversation and engage with the project management community. We want to capture the needs of the many, rather than the will of the few. We want to work quickly; in weeks and months, not years, and we want as many people as possible to play their part.

Im looking forward to engaging with as many people as possible; Chartered status; the 2020 strategy; Listening, Learning and Leading. The world in which we live may be challenging, but I can think of no more hopeful place to be than within the community of project management. We are emphatically part of the solution.

Despite choosing not to stand for re-election, the Board is delighted that former chairman Mike Nichols has accepted its invitation to continue as a Board Member. His vast experience and knowledge is regarded as invaluable.

Fernande van Schelle, who joined the Board to provide specific insight into the needs of the next generation of project professionals, stands down in order to undertake an MBA. Her successor is currently being sought with the aim of making an appointment at the January Board meeting.

See full details of the Board election results.

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