Profile of a volunteer - Andrew Gray
Posted by APM on 18th Dec 2013
Name: Andrew Gray
Why did you decide to become a volunteer with APM?
I had just joined BMT Hi-Q Sigma at the time and they actively encourage people to support the APM so I approached the Programme Management Specific Interest Group (SIG). As a project and programme manager coming from the aerospace sector I wanted to hear about experiences and developments in other sectors and contribute to the debates and direction of programme management, but I was keen to help lead those directions and do more in passing on my knowledge to others. There’s also a need to ensure that the good work done so far by the APM continues apace - and there’s no point grumbling on the sidelines if you’re not prepared to help do something about it.
What benefits have you gained from being an APM volunteer?
The APM covers a wide range of sectors, people from different backgrounds and dealing with different challenges. I’m learning from all these and taking this back to my own workplace and my clients. I’m also learning new skills – what’s involved in setting up conferences for example. Making the most of new technologies to support our members is important and I’m becoming more familiar with new ideas and means of communication, but it’s also important not to lose the mix with ‘traditional’ approaches and our underlying mission. But a big benefit is meeting key people who are helping to shape our profession and working with them.
What would your top tip be to an APM member looking to become a volunteer?
Be prepared to have to find the time. It’s the one resource that’s very scarce and a big challenge for all volunteers. I’m lucky in that my company will help find some time but even that’s limited. Also don’t be afraid to push yourself forward – we each have a contribution and that can take many forms – and you will be welcomed. We’re not as weird as our photos make us out to be (well, mainly true).
Find out about various volunteering opportunities with APM that enable you to share your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with others.