Championing professionalism

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Posted by APM on 27th Oct 2010

The APM North East Branch hosted the event entitled A new dawn.the rise of professionalism on Tuesday 21st September 2010 at The North of England Institute Of Mining and Mechanical Engineers in Neville Hall in Newcastle. The Grade II listed building dates back to 1872, exactly 100 years before the formation of the Association for Project Management and houses in the Nicholas Wood Memorial Library the largest mining library in the world. Coal mining was obviously once the life force for the industrial development in the North of England and Robert Stephenson was Vice President of the Mining Institute from 1853-59. The impressive lecture theatre is adorned with photographs of all the past presidents and most famous, Lord William Armstrong, who was responsible for the Newcastle Swing Bridge and donated Jesmond Dene to the City, gave his presidential address in this theatre on 1st February 1873.

On this evening the speaker was APM CEO, Andrew Bragg, who delivered his presentation on how APM is driving the campaign for increased professionalism in project management. Andrew described the compelling case for project management and its ever growing importance in the UK. He then took the audience through the maturity model for the profession and the APMs strategy for chartered status and beyond. This included the a description of the five dimensions of professionalism and the associations achievements, plans and identified benefits.  Finally Andrew defined chartered status, highlighted the benefits to the profession and the described current position of the APMs application.

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