APM Project Management Conference announces first speakers for 2011

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Posted by APM on 23rd May 2011

With a long-held reputation for attracting the countrys most senior and influential speakers, and with more than a half a decade of agenda setting content featuring the countrys most innovative and groundbreaking projects, the Association for Project Management has announced the first speakers for its annual conference on the 20th October 2011 at the Brewery in London.

New world, new project management looks at how the profession will rise to the challenges resulting from climate change, technological advances, globalisation, social networks, public health, security and economic regeneration. These challenges require fundamentally new ways of making sense and shaping a world we can neither fully control, nor fully understand.

Professor Darren DalcherProfessor Darren Dalcher, Director of the National Centre for Project Management (pictured left), will be chairing the conference that issues a call to action to address the challenges of the new world by defining a new kind of project management.

The first speakers for the 2011 Conference have been announced with Chief Operating Officer for the new Efficiency and Reform Group, Ian Watmore, taking the conference platform. Ian joined the UK civil service, initially as the first central UK government Chief Information Officer (CIO) and latterly as the Permanent Secretary for Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. He was previously head of the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and Chief Executive of The Football Association.

Also speaking will be Jeremy Beeton, Director General of the Government Olympic Executive, which is part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Government Olympic Executive is the lead government body for coordinating the London 2012 Olympics focussing on oversight of the Games and the 2012 legacy before and after the Games.

Ian Watmore and Jeremy Beeton join a long list of speakers who have shaped the profession by speaking at the APM Conference over the last 5 years. At the 2010 APM Conference Sir Peter Gershon (pictured at the top of the article), a key advisor to the new coalition government, challenged the profession to show its worth in delivering better projects less than 24 hours after the announcement of the governments comprehensive spending review. He followed speakers such as Sir David Normington, Permanent Secretary of the Home Office (on the right of the picture below); David Pitchford, Executive Director of Major Projects at the then OGC; Dr Ed Hoffman Director NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership; and Ian Crockford, project manager on the Olympic Stadium.

Other speakers featured at the conference in the past include APM President, Dr Martin Barnes (in the centre of the picture below); Jonathan Simcock (on the left in the picture below); Dr Terry Cooke-Davies;Jonathan Simcock, Dr Martin Barnes CBE and Sir David Normington Stephen Jenner; Stephen Carver; Director General of the ICE Tom Foulkes; Nigel Smith, chief executive of the former OGC; and Neville Bain from the Institute of Directors, covering subjects such as portfolio management, sponsorship, governance, professionalism and ethics and new media.

The APM Project Management Conference New world, new project management - will be held at the Brewery on 20th October 2011. To ensure you do not miss out on this vital information contact the APM to receive regular updates.

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