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Paul RaynerOne of APMs most well respected and recognisable members, Paul Rayner, who passed away recently, will be acknowledged as an Honorary Fellow by the Association for Project Management in October this year, it has been announced.

Paul was an active member of APMs Programme Management Specific Interest Group, which he chaired for a number of years. He also led the development of the Programme Management Maturity Model (PMMM) a proven approach to measuring and managing programmes of corporate change.

Paul wrote extensively on the subject of programme management and was the co-author of the APM Introduction to Programme Management and the Gower Handbook of Programme Management. He also wrote on the subject of programme governance and helped review the UK Governments Guide to Portfolio Management. He was a key contributor to the APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition and has contributed to the development of the 6th edition. He also contributed to many articles for Project magazine.

He was a popular speaker and chairman at international conferences in the UK, Denmark, Austria, Hungary and Dubai. He proactively contributed to the APM Project Management Conference as a stream chairman, speaker and conference panel member. Paul also spent many years as a judge in the APM Project Management Awards and was one of the leading figures in the development and launch of the Programme of the Year category.

Paul was a management consultant within the Public Sector Division of Logica UK, working extensively in the public and private sectors working across many business areas including marketing, quality management and business planning. Paul was previously the managing director of a software house, a non-executive director of an NHS Trust, and a member of the Governments Rail Passenger Consultative Committee for North-East England.

Paul joined APM, after a long relationship with the association through the Programme Management SIG, in 2006.

Pauls passion for, and tireless commitment to, his subject was delivered with a natural wit and charisma that made him a committed and popular member of the project and programme management community. As a valued critical friend of APM his contribution, particularly in the field of programme management, has provided lasting benefit to the association and its members.

Paul will be sadly missed by all who knew him at APM and within the professional community. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

We have had a number of requests from members who would like to pay tribute to Paul and to recognise his contribution to the profession. Please leave a comment with your thoughts below.


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  1. Richard Renshaw
    Richard Renshaw 04 December 2011, 05:55 PM

    My heart goes out to the Rayner family. I met Paul in Jan. 2009 when he made a most helpful and informative presentation in Dubai to a PM Community of Practice.Programme Management-Turning visions of thefuture into realityI felt I already knew Paul before I physically met him as I had followed his shared knowledge on Programme Management and his author contributions through ProgM and the APM SIG. I found that his personal style of using humour and intelligent use of examples to bring out points added to my respect for him as an undoubted leader in his field. Although Paul shall be sadly missed I would like to say a big thank you to APM for making him an Honourary Fellow. His sterling legacy shall live on and we all within both the UK and Internatinal community shall have cherished memories of our association with Paul. Kind regards Family RenshawSaudi Arabia

  2. David Whelbourn
    David Whelbourn 04 September 2011, 01:29 PM

    Sad news indeed.I remember Paul as someone who was happy to share his knowledge, and striving to improve the PM community's understanding to help achieve better results for all.A very affable person, with a good sense of humour.Rest In Peace Paul 

  3. Russel Jamieson
    Russel Jamieson 31 August 2011, 01:15 PM

    Very sorry indeed to hear the news of Paul. He will be greatly missed by the PPM worldwide community yet alone within the APM where he was so popular. Wessex Branch are indebted to him for the occasions he joined our events and our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time.It is indeed fitting that the APM will formally acknowledge his contribution by awarding him an Honoroury Fellowship at this year's annual awards - fitting recognition indeed.

  4. Nicola Baggott
    Nicola Baggott 26 August 2011, 12:35 PM

    Very sad to hear the news.I remember Paul as always laughing. He had a great sense of humour and was very supportive of APM and everything the association did. The perfect member!Glad to hear he is being made an Honorary Fellow.

  5. James Dale
    James Dale 25 August 2011, 05:04 PM

    Paul was the consummate programme and project management (ppm) professional.  His enthusiasm, energy and commitment, as the chair, and a long  standing committee member of ProgM, was an inspiration to us all.  Paul worked tirelessly behind the scenes and was passionate about PPM because he cared and always sought improvements within our profession.  Paul, you will be sadly missed.

  6. Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
    Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez 23 August 2011, 11:27 PM

    I am very shocked and really sad to hear that Paul has left us, totally unexpected.  We spoke in several events last year and he was a true gentlemen and a great person. I am sure that up there he will keep teaching program management with the same passion as he was doing it down here with us. Rest in peace and my deepest condolences to his family.