APM president Tom Taylor has been awarded the highest honorary position by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).
Tom collected his Honorary Fellowship at IPMA’s 29th World Congress in Panama City last month for his decades of exceptional service to the global organisation, the project management profession and to society.
IPMA president Reinhard Wagner and Professor Mladen Radujkovic, chairman of IPMA Council of Delegates (CoD), presented Tom (pictured right) with his certificate along with fellow recipients Stacy Goff from the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (left) and Roberto Mori of the Italian Association of Industrial Plant Engineering (centre).
“Well! Gosh! This is a very pleasant and most welcome surprise, honour and accolade,” said Tom Taylor at the IPMA 50th Anniversary Ceremony.
“I really do appreciate this special award. I felt very pleased and proud to be standing on stage, in Panama at an IPMA World Congress, to publically receive this position alongside Stacy and Roberto – with Reinhard and Mladen in the presentation party.
“They represent so many who have done so much for project management generally and for IPMA in particular – over the last fifty years and more. It is humbling to join such an elite group of IPMA Honorary Fellows from around the world – including great talent from UK of course.
“This certificate will have pride of place in my office. I will certainly tell me colleagues, friends and family. Although they may know already. But I can tell them again – and again.”
A highly respected senior member of the UK and international project management community, Tom has been a constant feature at IPMA World Congresses with his highly entertaining style of presentation.
He has also worked as a Master of Ceremonies, facilitator of workshops and tireless IPMA supporter. By speaking at numerous event, he is able to engage an audience so they benefit from his vast experience.
Tom has made major contributions to IPMA Young Crew by donating many of his books to enable them to raise funds. Delegates have also benefited from attending many of the workshops run by Tom.
He has worked with many IPMA member associations by helping them with their events and has supported numerous expert seminars and conferences.
While fulfilling a leadership role in Buro Four – the company he jointly founded – he has had a long and distinguished career at APM.
Before being elected as president in 2013 Tom previously held the post of APM chairman between 2004-2006, during a time in which he oversaw a complete re-branding and the introduction of radical new governance arrangements at the association.
He has also served APM as previous executive board member, vice president, council representative, London branch chairman and branch committee member.
Tom was joint sponsor of the APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition and was project manager for the original branch standards in 2003.
He was awarded an APM Honorary Fellowship and received the Sir Monty Finniston Award in 2009 for his life time of achievement.
Tom also collected the APM President's Medal in 2007 for his significant contribution to APM and the project management profession.