Former APM Conference Keynote Speakers become Honorary Fellows

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Posted by APM on 14th Sep 2011

Dr Neville Bain and Stephen Carver, two of the most popular APM Project Management Conference keynote speakers in recent years, have been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Association for Project Management (APM), it has been announced.

Dr. Neville BainDr Neville Bain (pictured right), Chairman of the Institute of Directors, delivered the opening keynote address at the APM Project Management Conference in 2008 and is a long term advocate of professional project management and its impact on wider business. He delivered a keynote speech on Good Governance and Project Management at the APM Governance of Change conference in April 2008 and was a signatory to the foreword in Co-Directing Change A guide to the governance of multi-owned projects.

Dr Bain spent 27 years at Cadbury Schweppes plc becoming managing director of worldwide confectionery and finally group deputy CEO and finance director. He is currently Chairman of Trustees of both the Scottish and Newcastle Pension Fund and Hogg Robinsons Pension Fund, non-executive director of Biocon and non-executive director of Provexis. Since 2005, he has been Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Stephen CarverStephen Carver (pictured left) is a Lecturer at Cranfield University and one of the most popular conference speakers in the country. Stephens unique story-telling style was exemplified at the 2010 annual APM Project Management Conference. Stephen was also the keynote speaker at APMs Knowledgeshare 2011 SIG event at the end of June.

He is Director of the MBA Personal Communications course at Cranfield but has spent most of his working life in business, still undertaking management assignments for many global organisations.

Whilst working in the oil industry, at 29 he undertook an MBA at Cranfield where he was talent spotted by Virgin and persuaded to negotiate a year away to project manage a pet scheme for Richard Branson. The idea was to build a floating Harrods in the worlds largest four-masted Clipper and send it to the US. He was chosen on the basis that although he knew nothing about ships he knew how to manage a project.

There followed several years working as Head of Strategic Programmes where he was initiated into the world of mega projects, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers. As a result of this experience he set up his own consultancy and was quickly hired by some of the top international banks and law firms his client list reads like the FTSE/DOW top 100. He was then asked by his old MBA school to teach his rather unorthodox ideas of project management to the new generation of business hopefuls.

Both will receive their Honorary fellowships at the APM Project Management Awards on 20th October 2011 at the Brewery, London. Join in the celebrations and book your place at the awards dinner.

Delegates not wanting to miss out on the 2011 APM Conference taking place during the day on the same date at the Brewery can book a place today.

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