How change professionals lead and execute meaningful change and branch AGM
Posted by APM on 24th Jun 2014
APM Scotland Branch held its AGM on 19 June 2014 at the Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh. Chairman Roger Walker presented an account of Branch business and events for the period 2013-14. Highlights included the very successful Project Challenge, an annual competition, now in its fourth year, for teams of students, graduates or young project managers. This provides teams with a useful opportunity to work through the complete life cycle of a project from conception to close-out with the objective of raising money for charity. Planning is underway for the 2014/2015 Project Challenge. If you are interested in entering a team or supporting the event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Branch flagship event, the APM Scottish Conference, now in its fifth year, was held in Glasgow to capture the excitement surrounding the Commonwealth Games. For the first time this event included a post-conference dinner which was very successful and this is something which will be developed further for the next Scottish Conference in September 2015.
Other achievements included Christmas networking events and increases in corporate engagement, membership, and event attendance. The Branch also received improved feedback on events and initiatives which will inform future planning.
The members of the 2013-14 committee were all submitted for re-election and a restructuring of the Branch was proposed by the Chairman to offer wider engagement opportunities for members who cannot commit to regular committee membership. Members are encouraged to contribute in many different ways, for opportunities please see attached documents at the end of this article.
The AGM was followed by a very entertaining talk by David Miller of Change First who highlighted the human dimension in projects and how successful change must come through people in order to be successfully implemented. The audience were also delighted to receive copies of Davids book Successful Change which is written in very accessible language and contains many fascinating insights: I was not the only person reading it on the train home! Competing against the World Cup is not the easiest thing but David went into extra time to answer many questions from the audience who all enjoyed his presentation very much.