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Mary McKinlay wins prestigious IPMA award

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APM board member and Fellow Mary McKinlay travelled to Turkey to be presented with the distinguished Otto Zieglmeier Award during the annual IPMA International Project Excellence (PE) Awards 2010. Mary has become only the third winner of the illustrious award for her remarkable contribution to project management and for her long lasting and outstanding involvement with the IPMA PE Awards and IPMA as a whole. Mary has been an assessor, a trainer for assessors, a team lead assessor, a member of the awards management board and she is presently on the awards jury. In addition Mary was the awards sponsor on the IPMA executive board.

Even with this amount of dedication to IPMA, Mary was still surprised to win the award, but feels the format benefits the profession. She said: It is a terrific honour, the awards function because people volunteer and I can think of many worthy potential winners. I am enthusiastic about the Project Excellence Model and the way that it is used in the awards. It provides a means of comparing projects that are completely different, it allows innovation and depends on team work.

The award is named after Mr. Otto Zieglmeier who was the founder of the IPMA International Project Excellence Awards. Mary added that it was Otto's vision that brought the IPMA Project Excellence Awards into being. She said: Otto started by using the German PM version and then opened it up internationally. It was a great loss to IPMA when he died so suddenly. I have been with the International Awards working with Otto from the beginning in IPMA."

In order to raise industry standards the IPMA PE Awards celebrate examples of excellent project management and acknowledges innovative projects. The awards distributed during the evening are based on IPMA's Project Excellence Model, a framework for evaluating project achievements and improving project management. This years ceremony took place in front of an audience of over 600 people during the 24th IPMA World Congress on Project Management in Istanbul on 2nd November 2010.

The APM would like to offer Mary huge congratulations on her fantastic achievement.

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