Michael Portillo to speak at APM Conference

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Posted by Laura on 3rd Mar 2017

Former cabinet minister RT Hon Michael Portillo has been confirmed as the final keynote speaker for this year’s APM Project Management Conference 2017, Making the Mould, sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight

The one-time Conservative Party leadership candidate will close proceedings at APM’s award-winning conference held at London’s Barbican Centre, on Thursday 27 April.

With a hugely impressive political CV, ranging from secretary of state for energy to transport and defence, Mr Portillo has overseen some of the UK’s most high-profile projects.

Most notably, this included his role as minister for local government, where he oversaw the abolition of the poll tax.

David Thomson, APM interim head of external affairs, said: “We are delighted to confirm Mr Portillo as speaker. He brings a wealth of experience of operating at the highest levels of government and knows what it takes to deliver projects and programmes in often challenging and complex environments.

“His recent work on television and radio, enabling him to engage his passion for social and industrial history, gives Mr Portillo a unique insight into how projects from yesteryear have powered the UK economy and the lessons we can take into the future.”

Mr Portillo began his parliamentary career in 1984. He quickly rose through the Conservative Party ranks and was soon promoted to minister of state for transport, then local government.

He entered cabinet as chief secretary to the Treasury, controlling public spending and managing departmental budgets. He became employment secretary two years later, and finally took over at defence.

In total he served for 30 years in national politics with over a decade as a minister in the Thatcher and Major governments.

After leaving Westminster, Mr Portillo reinvented himself as a well-known broadcaster and political commentator and is a regular on TV and radio.

Perhaps best known for the series Great British Railway Journeys, and Great Continental Railway Journeys on BBC 2; he is also a regular contributor to political review show This Week and Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

Other confirmed speakers at this year’s APM Conference include keynote speaker, Sir William Atkinson, acclaimed as Britain’s most successful head teacher, who successfully turned around ‘the worst school in the country’; Neil Fowler, head of Syria (development) at Adam Smith International and Andy Dunn, vice president at Jacobs B&I.

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