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The APM Programme Management SIG Annual Conference 2016 will take place on Thursday 10th March in London.

With a theme of equipping programme managers for global success we are excited to announce the following keynote and session speakers are already confirmed.

For further details and to book please click here.

Conference Agenda can be seen here

List of speakers

Sir John Armitt

Sir John Armitt is currently Chairman of the National Express Group and City & Guilds, and is Deputy Chairman of the Berkeley Group. Sir John is also a member of the Board of Transport for London; he is President of the Institution of Civil Engineers [ICE].

In September 2013 Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK.  The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and in large part have now been adopted by the current government.

After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s international and civil engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014 and a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015.

Sir John is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick. He was Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012.

Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction. (back to top)

Reinhard Wagner, President of IPMA

Reinhard Wagner has more than 30 years active experience in the field of project related leadership in such divers sectors as Air Defence, Automotive Engineering, Machinery and various Not-for-profit organisations.

He is a Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A) and Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant (IPMA), supporting senior executives in developing and improving the organisational competence in managing projects.

For more than 15 years, he has been actively involved in the development of project, programme and portfolio management standards, e.g. as Convenor of ISO 21503 “Guidance on Programme Management”.” Reinhard Wagner is President of IPMA, Past President and Honorary Fellow of GPM, the German Project Management Association as well as founder and CEO of Projectivists, a PM Consultancy. (back to top)

Professor Eddie Obeng

Founder of Pentacle the Virtual Business School and Professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School.
Educator, Author, Innovator. Professor Obeng is a British educator who is recognized for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. He created the concept of the World After Midnight and the practice of 'New World Management celebrated in his very popular TED Global talk "How to survive in a world which changes faster than you can learn"; a recurring theme in many of his speeches.”  

In addition to founding Pentacle, the world’s first virtual business school, and establishing QUBE, the world’s best 3D learning environment, he is also a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School.  

Eddie is the author of nine books, all of which focus on business strategy, adapting for change, leadership, innovation and organization. Eddie Obeng offers insights into the most effective ways to adapt to address the rapidly-changing environments in business, society and culture today.(back to top)

Dr. Bruno Kahne, Airbus Group

Bruno Paul Kahne is Head of Leadership Faculty at Airbus Group Corporate University.  He is the author of “Deaf-Tips, powerful communication.”
Dr. Kahne is an expert trainer, facilitator, consultant, and conference speaker in leadership, management, personal development, communication and change management.
He has worked for companies specialised in fields as varied as the nuclear, aviation, food, and construction industry in many parts of the world.(back to top)

Jonnie Jensen

Jonnie is a digital coach, social strategist and founder of social business agency Live + Social. His work has involved the internet, mobile and all things digital since 1999. This work helped him recognise that social media was going to transform the way we communicate and operate in business, as well as our personal lives.
Since 2007 Jonnie has been consulting and training companies and individuals in the use of social media.
Live + Social provides content marketing, social media and lead generation services to large b2b companies. His breadth of experience gives him a great deal of relatedness to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Jonnie prides himself on helping businesses understand and utilise social media across their entire business, from boardroom to reception.(back to top)

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton MAPM, MCMI, Collaboration Consultant at Samworth Brothers

Emma has more than 15 years’ experience in the project management industry and established her first PMO back in 2008. Since joining the APM, Emma-Ruth has been particularly active in the PMO industry. She strongly believes in the PMO as a key enabler of successful business.

Emma-Ruth created ERAP Consulting Ltd in 2014 with a vision of transforming PMO consultancy to align with the modern needs of business. She majors on collaboration – combining the process-driven world of PMO with the modern age of ‘here-and-now’ [focusing on the use of tools such as SharePoint and Office 365] – where information and support is available 24×7 at the touch of a button.

As Chair of APM PMO SIG Emma-Ruth is seeking to steer the PMO discipline from a traditionally administrative function to a fully embedded strategic business partner; for example, through curating events that inform and support this view, and enabling ‘PMO people’ to keep up with the exponential pace of business-related change.

Emma-Ruth actively embraces ‘out of the box’ thinking and often implements new ideas to prove a concept. Emma-Ruth has contributed to several publications including the Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices (Axelos), Real Project Management (Peter Taylor), and several Project Magazine articles as well as Wellingtone and PMO SIG’s recent State of Project Management Survey.  (back to top)

Les Squires, Social Networking Consultant

Dr. Les Squires is an international consultant, volunteering nearly exclusively with the International Project Management Association [IPMA] which is a 150,000-member global organization spanning 65 countries.

Les travels regularly to countries in Europe, Asia, and
Latin America such as Australia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, South Africa, China, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Panama, etc., promoting social networking principles in general and in particular the work of the IPMA Research Management Board (RMB). (back to top)

Alan Muse BSc (Hons) MSc FRICS

Alan has over 35 years’ experience in construction specializing in the project and cost management of schemes up to £4 billion. 

Projects have been across all sectors, but particularly offices, industrial, mixed-use, data centres and public sector schemes such as schools and rail and road infrastructure. Overseas experience includes spells in both the Middle East and East Asia.

Since joining the RICS in May 2011, Alan has been leading the RICS response to the government construction strategy. He was a member of the Lean Client/Procurement government task group and is now a member of the government Trial Project Support Group monitoring the trial projects.
In addition, Alan sits on the CIC BIM Forum and is a member of the group established to develop the BIM protocol. Also, he leads Infrastructure and BIM initiatives within the RICS including the development of skills, training and guidance for quantity surveying, project management, building surveying and building control.

Finally, as a Global Director in Professional Groups he liaises with Chartered Surveyors worldwide on general matters of standards development, government policy and education and training and leads the RICS participation in developing International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS). ICMS is a global standard, developed in collaboration by leading professional bodies worldwide, and work is now underway. (back to top)

Amanda Clack FRICS, Head of Infrastructure EY

Amanda Clack FRICS joined EY as a Partner in August 2015 as the Head of Infrastructure within its advisory practice for UK & Ireland. Prior to this she was a Partner at PwC, where she led on property, real estate and construction for consulting, as well as consulting across the South East of England.

She is a chartered quantity surveyor and Fellow of RICS.
Amanda is past vice chair of the Management Board; led the Clack Review on Election and Selection; and also established the UK and Ireland World Regional Board. 

She has been an external examiner/lecturer and is a member of the Surveyors Livery Company.

She became President Elect of RICS during the March 2015 Governing Council session in Johannesburg. (back to top)

Chris Fairhead, Delivery Director, Bloodhound SSC

Chris is SSC Bloodhound delivery director. In this role he manages the people at the Bristol Technical Centre responsible for the design, the procurement of the components and their assembly in the car. 

Chris spent 40 years of an earlier career working for Rolls Royce PLC, beginning as an engineering apprentice and in the later years concentrating on the military engines, working as project director, director of customer support and managing director of Eurojet, the Eurofighter engine company.

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