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The   APM Assurance SIG  annual conference 2016 will take place on Tuesday 17th May in London.

For further details and to book please click here.

We are excited to announce the following case studies:

Environment Agency. 

The Environment Agency’s National Project Assurance Service (NPAS) was launched in December 2014 following a major structural change programme. Amalgamating a number of individual assurance bodies, NPAS was established as an integrated, efficient and resilient assurance service that would provide independent business case assurance and help continually improve the maturity of project management in the organisation. The service has now been operating for nearly 1.5 years and has assured over 200 projects, improving the delivery confidence in nearly every one. It recently won the “Step Change” award” from the Institute of Continuous Improvement in the Public Sector (ICiPS). 

With reference to the APM Guide on Integrated Assurance, Paul Wilman and Sara Spillett will outline how the service is operated and managed, and what improvements have been carried out/planned to ensure it is a truly integrated assurance service. 

Nuclear Decommissioning Agency / Sellafield

How do you provide effective assurance to over 150 projects of varying size and complexity on an old congested nuclear site full of risks and hazards …. where many of the challenges are still to be fully understood?

Lloyds Banking Group

An insight into how the UK’s largest clearing bank approaches integrated assurance over a large and complex portfolio and, most importantly, uses the output from a range of assurance activity to drive a learning culture within the organisation through the adoption of the Change Performance Framework.

Swansea University

Swansea University is an ambitious top 30 research-led university which recently achieved APM Corporate Accreditation. This case study maps recent management improvements based on the APM Integrated Assurance principles that illustrate how the 3 lines of defence model can be implemented within the governance structures of a UK university. 


Technical Assurance at Crossrail is key to the delivery of the operational railway in 2018.  However, Integrated Assurance involves much more than technical assurance.  In order to deliver an operational railway, Crossrail need to ensure that all of the correct technical assurance evidence is provided to the regulatory bodies.  We also need to keep the Project Sponsors  (the Department for Transport and Transport for London) satisfied in relation to financial and commercial assurance.  


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  1. Andrew Schuster
    Andrew Schuster 23 May 2016, 09:27 AM

    Well done to all presenters. It was a great conference with rich content. Will slides be made available to attendees?