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Dr Neville BainDr Neville Bain, an avid supporter of APM, sadly passed away on 22 May.

His support for APM is evidenced by his keynote speech on good governance and project management at the APM Governance of Change conference held at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in April 2008. He signed the foreword to the APM Governance SIGs publication Co-Directing Change, and delivered the opening keynote address at the 2008 APM Conference

Born in New Zealand, Neville was a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Fellow Cost and Management Accountant, a Fellow Chartered Secretary, a Fellow of the IoD, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and last year he became an Honorary Fellow of APM.

For 27 years he worked for Cadbury Schweppes plc in a number of different countries. Here he occupied roles of finance director, commercial director and managing director. He then joined Coats Viyella, an international textile company as CEO, and also worked as chairman of the Royal Mail Group, chairman of the Hogg Robinson Group and non-executive director at Scottish and Newcastle.

David Shannon, former chairman of APM Governance SIG, knew Dr Bain well. He said: Neville was an outstanding friend of APM. We in the Governance SIG first aroused his interest through the IoD. As a member of the institute I approached him when he was chairman to endorse Directing Change.
 
He was a forthright guy with immense senior experience and saw the importance of our work. I will miss him greatly.

If you would like to pay tribute to Neville and recognise his contribution to the profession then please leave a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Andrew Ingleby
    Andrew Ingleby 18 June 2012, 12:30 PM

    I never had the opportunity to meet Dr Neville Bain. However, I recognised his name immediately from his endorsement of "Directing Change". As a passiionate believer and advocate of the need for improved governance of the project management domain, I understand the real need to build the connections between the project management profession and business leaders. We need to do it for many reasons not least of which is for the benefit of "UK PLC".  As others have recognised, Dr Neville Bain's contribution to building those connections was significant. He will be sadly missed and it places an onus on the rest of us to redouble our efforts to influence effectively and ensure his legacy is advanced.

  2. Carol Long
    Carol Long 07 June 2012, 12:45 PM

    I feel we have lost an important voice in APM's development and the honours given to him were obviously due.Through his experience Neville was knowledgeable and spoke with authority. However, the strength I think APM may miss was his quiet seeking out of younger and newer members to encourage them to volunteer their own experience and insights: I observed this and experienced it.Its time for all APM members to follow that example: contribute where you can and ensure others have opportunity to do so too.  

  3. Peter Parkes
    Peter Parkes 07 June 2012, 11:37 AM

    Neville had the best qualities that we associate with our Kiwi cousins - down to earth and pragmatic.  Despite the lofty heights that he reached he was very approachable and always happy to offer help and advice.  A true leader and a role model for us all.

  4. Brian Wernham
    Brian Wernham 07 June 2012, 11:33 AM

    I endorse David Shannon's statement.   Dr. Bain was of great help in linking the Governance SIG, and raising the profile of APM to IoD members. I met Dr. Bain with David in 2008 and he kindly offered to make a key note speech at the joint APM/IoD conference at which the 'Co-Directing Change' guide was launched.   (http://www.apm.org.uk/sites/default/files/Who_is_in_charge.pdf) He was very helpful and encouraging.Brian Wernham FAPM