APM Project Management Conference chairman and founder and director of the National Centre for Project Management, Professor Darren Dalcher, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association for Project Management.
Following industrial and consultancy experience in managing IT projects, Professor Dalcher gained his PhD in Software Engineering from Kings College, University of London. In 1992 he founded and chaired the Forensics Working Group of the IEEE Technical Committee on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, an international group of academic and industrial participants formed to share information and develop expertise in project and system failure and recovery.
He is active in numerous international committees, steering groups and editorial boards and is heavily involved in organising international conferences, delivering many keynote addresses and tutorials. He has written and contributed to over 150 papers and books on project management and systems engineering and is the editor of the book series, Advances in Project Management; synthesising leading-edge knowledge, skills, insights and reflections in both project and programme management.
Darrens research interests include: project success and failure; project management maturity models; capability and competence; agile, extreme and lean project management; benchmarking; risk and opportunity management; knowledge management; project ethics and corporate responsibility.
He has built a reputation as leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management and has worked with many major industrial and commercial organisations and government bodies. He received international recognition in 2009 with appointment as a member of the PMForums International Academic Advisory Council, which includes leading academics in project management from some of the worlds top universities and academic institutions. The Council showcases accomplished researchers, influential educators shaping the next generation of project managers and recognised authorities on modern project management.
Professor Dalcher is a Fellow of both APM and the BCS as well as a member of PMI, the Academy of Management, the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is a member of the PMI Advisory Board responsible for the prestigious David I Cleland project management award.
In 2008 he was recognised in Project magazine top 10 for his contribution in integrating and weaving academic work with practice. He has been chairman of the agenda setting APM Project Management Conference since 2009.
He is Professor of Software Project Management, at Middlesex University and visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Iceland. Darren will receive his Honorary Fellowship at the APM Project Management Awards on 20th October 2011 at the Brewery, London.