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APM Presents … Project Management in Practice 2016 will take place on Thursday 17th March in Coventry.


The sessions are presented by 13 APM Specific Interest Groups. Each SIG session will offer a valuable introduction to the area that it specialises in and you will be able to attend 6 during the course of the day, in small groups so that you will have lots of opportunity to ask questions and learn from our specialist practitioners. Each SIG will be run its session 3 times during the course of the day.

For futher details and to book please click here.


Assurance Specific Interest Group - Assurance - Friend or Foe

Roy Millard, Transport for London
Roy is responsible for the planning and delivery of internal audits of all commercial, health, safety, environmental and technical  activities within Transport for London. He joined TfL Internal Audit in September 2002, and has 30 years of experience of engineering projects in PPP, PFI, partnering, joint venture, consortia and conventional contracting environments, as project engineer, risk manager, project manager and internal audit manager. In particular, he had lead roles within Racal on major defence projects such Bowman and IRIS, and as a senior manager within Thales on the Connect project for London Underground. He has an Honours degree and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies; is a Fellow of the APM and a full member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; is a member of the APM Board and Chair of the APM Audit & Assurance Committee; and is the founder and Chair of the APM Assurance Specific Interest Group.

Gary Poole, Megitt Plc
An experienced programme and project management professional, Gary has over 25 years’ experience working blue-chip companies spanning the  automotive, construction, aerospace and defence sectors. Gary has a mechanical engineering degree from Birmingham City University and a Master’s Degree in Programme Management from University of Manchester. Based in mainland Europe for the last 7 years, Gary led the A400M Engine Development Programme for Rolls Royce. In 2011 Gary joined Fokker Technologies, based in The Netherlands as Vice President Programme Management, achieving accolades for implementation of world-class project management governance and control framework across the group.  Gary has recently returned to the UK, joining Meggitt PLC as Group Vice President Programme Management. In this role he provides group wide functional leadership and direction to all Meggitt’s programme management efforts.

Benefits Management Specific Interest Group - An Introduction to Benefits Management

Nick Wensley, Benefits Management SIG co-Chair
Nick is an experienced Programme / Change Management Professional with a proven track record of success in a variety of public and private market sectors; delivering business change, strategic infrastructure and full life cycle programmes into blue chip organisations to build consistently improved business performance.

Nick has over thirty years experience in the develop and application of Benefits Management in Europe and Australasia and has led a Benefits Management Consultancy Practice as well as providing Director and Board level advice and support and passing on his considerable wealth of experience to all levels within client organisations and colleagues with a particular focus on all components of Benefits Management and the Benefits Management life-cycle. Whilst Nick is substantially retired he works closely with APM’s Benefits Management SIG, having been a Committee Member since its formation and also works as a Young Enterprise Business Advisor in Kent. He is currently Co – Chair of APM’s Benefits Management SIG.

Neil White, Benefits Management SIG co-Chair
Neil is an experienced change manager and strong advocate for Benefits Management. Neil has a bias towards embedded organisational capability development which is well supported by both the APM Competence Framework and APM BOK. As co-Chair of the Benefits Management SIG, Neil is well positioned to ensure that BM practitioners and Change Sponsors alike look beyond ‘the processes’ to gain an understanding of how Benefits Management benefits both the business and the workforce. In recent years Neil has majored in portfolio benefits management solutions. Neil made this move in recognition of the growing need for the development of permanent organisational change management capability implemented on a continuous improvement basis. Neil commends the benefits management discipline to all those project management professionals working to ensure that all projects succeed.


Contracts and Procurement Specific Interest Group - Project Management in Action: Some fundamentals of Contracts and Procurement that you NEED to know

John Lake, BSc CEng RPP MAPM MIET, Roke Manor Research
John Lake is a Project Manager at Roke Manor Research; a dynamic and profitable contracting company employing 450 staff, based near Romsey, Hampshire and being owned by the Chemring Group. Since graduating at Southampton University with an electronics degree, John’s career has spanned 30+ years. He has held positions in technical, project and general management within companies ranging from SME’s to large corporations. He therefore has experience of both sides of the subcontracting equation and is keen to share this knowledge base with others and wishes to promote best practice within the professional project management community.

Supported by Anne Dwyer


Enabling Change Specific Interest Group - How effective change management can contribute to project success

Martin Taylor, Allasso Consulting
Martin Taylor's background is in finance and IT, working in FTSE100 and FTSE250 organisations developing and implementing organisational and IT strategy. Martin established Allasso Consulting ten years ago to help organisations achieve their strategic objectives by delivering effective change. Successful assignments have been completed in numerous private and public sector organisations, leading the implementation of integrated process, people and technology change. Martin has an MSc in Change Management, is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Chartered IT professional. Martin is also a member of the APM having originated and developed the idea for a SIG focused on Change.

Simon Williams, Transport for London (TfL)
Simon has worked for Transport for London (TfL) and its predecessors for 19 years and is currently Head of Business Change Project Management. After a background in strategy, planning and commercial business development roles, Simon moved into project management and since 2005 has focused on the delivery of a wide range of business change programmes and projects. In recent years these have included a programme of over 60 initiatives to deliver a 30%+ improvement in London Underground reliability, and a major contribution to the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Based in the TfL PMO, Simon’s team provides programme and project management and change management resources and advice on an internal consultancy basis. Current work includes a major transformation for the operating model, processes and technology in London Underground stations, the introduction of a “Predict & Prevent” approach to maintenance, implementation of a new Workforce Planning system, and a range of organisational change and capability development projects.

Simon was extensively involved in the development of TfL’s PPM methodology and Business Change Framework. As professional head for Business Change Project Management within TfL he promotes capability development and best practice in integrating and applying project management and change management approaches, including leading a People Change Special Interest Group, facilitating a 600 strong change community, developing and delivering training courses and presenting to a wide range of audiences.  Simon is a Committee Member of the APM Enabling Change SIG.

Governance Specific Interest Group - Project Governance in Practice

Miles Dixon, project and programme management consultant
Miles is an independent consultant specialising in project and programme management in the fields of organisational change, new business/product development and IT.  He has managed over 30 projects in his career as well as providing advice and guidance to many organisations on project-based management. 
He has been a member of the APM since 1993 and was editor of their Body of Knowledge for over five years.  Since 2004 he has been a member of the Governance SIG and has contributed to all three of its publications.  As a committee member he is responsible for communications, which includes publication of the SIG's quarterly newsletter.

Knowledge Specific Interest Group - Knowledge Management in 30 minutes

Judy Payne, Hemdean Consulting
Judy is a consultant, practitioner, facilitator, reluctant academic and educator specialising in knowledge management, collaborative working and learning. Working at the boundaries between research and practice – with public, private and third sector organisations and with universities. Judy co-founded and is Chair of the APM Knowledge SIG and is on a mission to help members of the project management community understand knowledge management rather than falling into the ‘lessons learned’ trap.

People Specific Interest Group - Mentoring, Coaching and Action Learning

Russel Jamieson, People SIG Chair
Russel Jamieson is a Fellow of the APM and a Registered Project Professional (RPP).  He worked for BT for almost 10 years and previously worked for Barclays Bank PLC (20 years) and JPMorgan (2 ½ years) as well as other organisations but for shorter periods. He has been involved with project and programme management since the mid 1980's and is regularly both a mentor and coach both in business and academia. Russel also chairs the APM People Specific Interest Group (SIG) and is Head of APM’s annual awards.

Megan Ryder, Siemens
Megan is a first-class honours graduate from Bournemouth University who has just entered her 2nd-year working in Business Information and Technology at Siemens. Still relatively new into project management Megan took an active part in the APM Wessex Branch Project Management Challenge during her 2nd year at university, ultimately winning the competition with her team for a project in raising awareness of charities with a specific BT office. For her 4th-year consultancy project she again opted to work with BT on a risk assessment tool for them. During both projects with BT Megan received both mentoring and coaching. During the 4th-year project Megan actively coached her colleague in the ways and likes of the clients, having previously worked with them.

Planning, Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group - Fundamentals of Project Planning, Monitoring & Control

Gary Mainwaring, General Dynamics Missions Systems (UK)
Gary started his career as a software engineer before moving into project management and subsequent programme management, primarily developing high capital value, technologically complex systems for customers within the Defence sector. 

An APM Registered Project Professional, he is currently Head of Project Performance and Planning within General Dynamics Missions Systems (UK), based in Oakdale (South Wales) and Hastings.  His teams of project controllers provide schedule, risk, resource and financial management support to GDMS(UK)’s bid, project and programme managers.

Gary is a keen supporter of APM events, is an active member of the Planning Monitoring & Control SIG, and is a committee member of the South Wales & West of England Chapter.  He actively encourages knowledge sharing, continuous improvement, competency development and the implementation of good practice within his teams and the project management community within GDMS(UK).

Milla Mazilu, Network Rail
Milla started her railway career on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and has since continued to work in the field of railway programme controls, specialising in planning, scheduling and integration.

Notably, between 2009 and 2012, Milla was the programme controls planning and scheduling lead on Network Rail's National Electrification Programme, where she developed the integrated planning strategy for the National Grid Supply Point Programme and the National Electrification portfolio, prior to the handover to regional design and delivery teams.

Since 2012, Milla has led the programme controls planning and scheduling team for Network Rail's National Operating Strategy and subsequent Digital Railway Programme, where she is focused on enhancing the department's ability to develop innovative, integrated planning strategies.


PMO Specific Interest Group - Evolving PMOs – understand the different types of PMOs and the need for targeted engagement with PMOs to succeed

Gary Mitchell, Atkins
Gary Mitchell is a Managing Consultant within Atkins Management Consultancy. With over eighteen years’ experience in project, programme and portfolio management and P3O. He has been involved in the design and establishment of PMOs as they have risen in prominence as a key business support operation in organisations. He has a strong passion and belief in the transformational power of PMOs in not only supporting portfolio deliveries, but enabling and leading business cultural change through the institution of P3M environments. He has established PMOs for a variety of organisations across sectors ranging in depth (single project offices to supporting business operations across portfolios) and size (two person PMO, focused on reporting, to one hundred person PMOs covering portfolio execution and management). He has recently completed the design and establishment of a support function covering a multi-billion pound portfolio of change initiatives for the British Army HQ. 

Simon George, PMO Manager - Transport for London
Simon has forty years’ experience in the IT industry starting out as a junior programmer in 1976. He moved into project, and then programme, management over the next 15 years and then in 1992 was requested to set up his first PSO as ‘I seemed to know what I was doing’. Simon has worked ‘on’ more than ‘off’ in PMOs since the turn of the millennium and is passionate about all things PMO and he joined the APM PMOSIG to help promote PMOs becoming a viable PPM career option. Simon was involved as part of the APM’s Technical Assurance Group with assurance of the new PPM (including PMO) capabilities rolled out in 2015. 

Portfolio Specific Interest Group - Introducing Portfolio Management

Steve Leary, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Steve has over 25 years’ experience of business and IT change through portfolio, programme and project management. He has established, planned and successfully delivered transformational change and continuous improvement. Steve managed major portfolios and programmes with over 100 onshore and offshore staff, developing strategy, motivating teams embedding change and delivering benefits.

Roles have included consultant and interim manager in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, banking, finance, government, utilities and education sectors. Steve is a Practitioner in both Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and PRINCE2, a Chartered Engineer and a committee member for the APM Portfolio Management Special Interest Group.

Programme Specific Interest Group - Joining the dots - Programme Management in action

Colin Parker, Babcock International Group
Colin has worked in projects since 1997 and has been a member of the APM since around 2004. Before going freelance in 2007 he fulfilled a number of roles, including Project Manager, Programme Manager, Service Manager and Operations Manager for a Software House.

Since then he has been busy working for a number of large clients including; Thames Water, Veolia Water and Babcock.

His work generally includes a mixture of IT and business change with a recent focus on large contract transition management in the water utility sector and Enterprise Resource Planning projects. Recent projects have included an IT Infrastructure transition, Waste contractor business transition and an ERP selection project and he is currently working as Change Manager on a large SAP implementation programme.

He is Secretary of the Programme Management Specialist Interest Group and enjoys the challenge of helping his stakeholders “get their stuff done.” He has been described as being “relentless in his attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture“ and is never happier than when he is moving some seemingly intractable problem forward.

Risk Specific Interest Group - The vital importance of Project Risk Management

Keith Gray, Risk Management Consultant
Keith is a risk management consultant and trainer and has worked in the project risk management space for over 20 years. In this time he has helped organisations develop their project risk processes, using as guidance the Association of Project Management ‘Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide’, the Axelos (formerly OGC) ‘Management_of_Risk: Guidance for Practitioners’ and ‘ISO 31000 – Principles and Guidelines’.

Keith has also helped organisations to implement and embed their processes by configuring project risk management tools, using the tools on assignments, and training and consulting on risk processes and risk tools.

Keith’s experience extends across the sectors of defence and aerospace, oil and gas exploration, energy utilities, engineering and construction, infrastructure and telecommunications. He has worked in the regional areas of North America, Europe Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Keith is a member of the Association of Project Management Risk Specific Interest Group Committee, a member of the exam panel for the Management_ of_Risk foundation and practitioner qualifications and is a certified ISO 31000 practitioner

Peter Simon  BSc APMP PMP HonFAPM, Lucidus Consulting Limited
Peter Simon has over 35 years of experience as a project management consultant and practitioner across all industries and business sectors.  He has built a professional reputation as a particularly knowledgeable and skilled advisor and trainer, particularly in those areas related to programme management, project planning, risk management and resource management.

In his early career he worked for a variety of organisations across the Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Utilities and Transportation sectors as a project management and project services practitioner and was responsible for all aspects of project planning and control and risk management for projects based in Europe, USA and the Middle East.  In his later career he has achieved significant success in building the project management consultancy and training arms of the PMProfessional group of companies in addition to many years as a successful freelance project management consultant and a period as European Technical Director for ESI International.  He is a Director of Lucidus Consulting Limited.

Peter consulted with, and developed and delivered training and development programmes in programme, project and risk management for numerous companies across many industries including Royal Dutch Shell, Talisman, BG Group, AMEC, Wood Group, Horizon NUlcear, ABP, AXA Insurance, Hofmann la Roche, Pfizer, Quintiles, BAE Systems, Transport for London, Costain and the UK Government’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Peter is co-author of two books; ‘Starting Out in Project Management – Study Guide for the APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management’ and ‘Practical Project Risk Management: the ATOM Methodology’; both of which are in their second editions.  This second book was awarded the 2013 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award for the best project management related book in 2013.

Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group - From here to where; progressing your career

Teri Okoro, TOCA, Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG
Teri, a practicing architect and experienced construction project and programme manager is Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG. She also sits on the Diversity Panel of the Construction Industry Council. She is particularly interested in and has written and presented widely on gender and enhancing diverse talent and leadership in the profession, most recently at the IPMA 2015 World Congress in Panama. Teri is founder and Director of TOCA and has worked on projects in the UK and Africa. She also is a Non-Executive Director of a not-for-profit organisation.

Alison Whitehead, Coventry City Council
I am currently involved in the management of Customer Services and responsible for the highest level transactional services at Coventry City Council where my focus is to manage the day to day operations whilst encouraging more of our customers to access services using digital channels and increase their own self service capability. 

With over 20 years in the public sector I am passionate about leading through collaboration to drive organisational change and encourage all of my people to feel that they can contribute to improving the customer experience. My expertise includes partner management to secure channel shift for high volume transactions, stakeholder management to ensure organisational support and buy-in for changes to process and working practices, project and programme management capability adapting to different settings and operational management focusing on efficient and effective day to day delivery optimising performance.

I lead by example through personal commitment, being passionate for improvement and investment in others to achieve their full potential and support the realisation of team and individual aspiration. I invest my personal time to support the progression of others within the project management discipline and share my experiences with others.

I have held the secretary role on the Women in Project Management SIG and have been involved in the development of a video to inspire the Next Generation of Women Project Managers which has been circulated across the country to educational establishments and branches. 

I am a volunteer APM member holding the Institute of Leadership and Management Qualification along with being a Prince 2 practitioner.


Julian Smith, Head of External Affairs at APM will speak on - Project management - how this profession can stay ahead of constant change

How can we understand and anticipate change, driven by new technology and the political, economic and business environment, that will:

  • automate routine tasks and jobs
  • increasingly diversify project management away from its roots in construction and engineering
  • require new forms of professional development qualifications, opportunities and challenges
  • produce unrelentingly pressure to deliver greater value, more quickly, at lower cost

Julian joined APM in August 2015. He has held senior level roles in public affairs and communications in central Government including Head of Parliamentary Relations at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Speechwriter and Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister. He was formerly Head of External Affairs at the Home Builders Federation. 

APM Presents 2016, Thursday 17th March 2016, Coventry - For further details and to book please click here.
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Posted on 9th Feb 2016
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