Profile of a volunteer - Brian Wernham
Posted by APM on 2nd May 2014
Name: Brian Wernham
Volunteer role: Member of Governance SIG Committee
1. Why did you decide to become a volunteer with APM?
I found that the more I got involved with APM activities, the more interesting people I met, and the more I was being exposed to cutting edge thinking. I wanted to stretch myself. I joined the Governance SIG, contributed to and edited the SIG good practice guides.
2. What benefits have you gained from being an APM volunteer?
My move from Member to Fellow a few years ago was a natural step as my knowledge deepend and extended through working with experts in other fields. This led to me reading more about project management so that I was better informed, making SIG presentations and then appearing at policy leaders conferences, and being interviewed on radio and TV. This increased profile has been a ‘door opener’ for me in terms of scale and profile of projects I have been asked to lead.
3. What would your top tip be to an APM member looking to become a volunteer?
Go to several SIG and Branch events and choose one to go to regularly. See what areas you can best contribute to and where you can expand your knowledge, skills and professional network. You never know where it will lead you.
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Good governance is about how people behave. These behaviours need to be set from the top.