Challenges, successes and a lifetime legacy of the Glasgow games: A milestone not a destination
Posted by APM on 18th Sep 2014
This WiPM SIG event, sponsored by BAE Systems, took place at the Naval Ships site, Scotstoun, Glasgow.
BAE Systems has been hailed as one of the UKs top 50 employers of women by The Times newspaper (2012) and it extended a very warm welcome to APM members and guests.
Teri Okoro, WiPM SIG chair, began the event with an introduction to WiPM and an overview of its aims and ambitions, linked to the 21st anniversary celebrations and drive forward into a new era where gender equality is becoming increasingly important.
Teri then introduced Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, who presented a concise overview of the project management strategy involved in staging the biggest cultural event ever held in Glasgow.
The city of Glasgow, the largest in Scotland, began in prehistoric times as a small rural settlement on the Clyde and expanded to become one of the largest seaports in Britain, a major hub for transatlantic trade and a centre for shipbuilding and industry. However, its 20th century economic decline and rapid de-industrialisation, led to high unemployment, urban decay and a reputation characterised by poverty and violence.
However, Glasgow has rallied and since the 1980s has spent 1bn on culture and sport. Coupled with infrastructure monies in place and many facilities and projects already underway, Glasgow was ready to host the Commonwealth Games. The incredible success of the games was supported by a rich and varied cultural programme which ensured that the event was not just about eleven days of sport as the games provided the means to engage with all kinds of different stakeholders. The lasting legacy of the games is a huge variety of facilities, programmes and development opportunities for people in Glasgow and Scotland.
It was impossible for Bridget to capture the enormity of this event, and the project management challenges which it posed, in her presentation but it was highly engaging and informative and Bridget took many questions afterwards. We are delighted that this inaugural WiPM event in Scotland created such enthusiasm in the audience which will hopefully result in more people joining the WiPM SIG and contributing to its work.