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London branch newsletter July 2015

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London Branch committee publishes this newsletter periodically to let our members know what's going on in APM London. We hope you find the information useful.

London branch committee

At the branch AGM held in May the existing committee all stood for re-election along with two new members, Matt Tucker and James Huckle. We welcome them to the committee and look forward to working with them.

The committee is keen to hear from members. If you have ideas for events, can offer a venue or site visit please do get in touch.

Committee members are:

Peter Chana, Chair
Kevin Read, Treasurer
Martin Savage, Secretary
Katie Whyman, Events co-ordinator
Richard Fanning, HEI liaison
John Chrastek & Mike Wallace, Corporate Liaison
Anthony Onabanjo 
James Huckle
Matt Tucker

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) update

The HEI sub-committee has been engaging with University College London, University of Westminster and University of Roehampton. Our next HEI-focused event in November is likely to be held at one of the universities in London. 

If you are interested in getting involved or would like to help, please get in touch with Richard Fanning who is HEI lead, or approach any committee member at a London branch event. 

Recent events

After the AGM we were once more delighted to welcome Stephen Carver as our guest speaker. His presentation explained the art of storytelling to achieve clear and positive communication with many interesting and hilarious insights into how it can so easily go wrong.

Corporate member representatives attended an RPP Workshop delivered by Carol Bell who shared information about the standard and the road to receiving this prestigious designation. Carol, herself an Honorary Fellow of APM and RPP is an RPP assessor and shared much practical knowledge, particularly geared to the corporate member audience.

Next events

What is the NEC3? 30th July, London

Our next event takes place in London on 30th July there are still a few places left if you would like to attend. Dr Jon Broome, Chairman of APM’s Contracts & Procurement SIG, has been involved with the development of the NEC since 1993 and is an acknowledged expert and accomplished presenter on it. He will give a balanced introduction to the NEC with a focus on the project management aspects and its use outside of the construction industry from which it originated. This will include a Question & Answer session.

Corporate events 2015/16 will include a number of events of particular interest to our corporate members who are able to meet in a relaxed environment, over lunch or in the evening, to network and to share ideas and experience with members in their own and other sectors. Look out for invitations to these events which are sent to the designated corporate contact.

Events planend for the remainder of this year include site visits, a workshop to talk about the benefits of APMP including exam tips with an opportunity to ask questions and share experience, project managing the obscure and events of particular interest to corporate and HEI members.

Please let us know if you would like us to include your company in the invitation list for corporate events. Please email us and we will make sure you receive invitations.

London branch events We are currently planning our series of CPD events to be of interest to all members. These events are suitable for project professionals at all levels of experience, covering a wide range of sectors and topics.

Details of all events are sent to members and can also be seen on on the APM website events pages. Put 'London' into the search box to see those taking place in London.

New corporate members

We would like to offer a warm welcome to new London corporate members who have joined since the last newsletter was published.

The London branch community

Join the London Branch Community on the APM website at to see articles, news, blogs and contact fellow project professionals in London.

A great opportunity to network online.

Are you able to provide a venue for our branch events?

Please contact us if you are able to host an event for us. If you are able to offer a venue or provide a speaker we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact us. The committee is always interested in hearing your views and suggestions to help them improve future events.

We look forward to seeing you at an event, or to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,

Peter Chana

Chairman, APM London Branch
APM London branch chairman


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