Profile of a volunteer - Dr Penny Pullan
Posted by APM on 27th May 2014
Name: Dr Penny Pullan
Membership grade: Member
Volunteer role: Currently on the committee of WiPM, Former co-Chair of WiPM 2009-2011
1. Why did you decide to become a volunteer with APM?
I was invited to speak at the WiPM Conference in 2007 on what made the best project managers stand out from the rest. Afterwards, I just happened to be in the room where the next year's committee was forming and I ended up joining in! The group were really positive and friendly, and it seemed a good way to build up my network and give something back to the profession.
2. What benefits have you gained from being an APM volunteer?
As a consultant, speaker and writer on the topic of 'Making Projects Work', it's been really beneficial to me and my work to get to know a large number of other project managers and to find out about their concerns and achievements. In addition, organising events and conferences has given me the chance to meet leading speakers and to work alongside APM staff as well as providing a valued service to participants.
It's been a fun few years, with quite a few moments that I'll always remember:
- Celebrating after a WiPM conference in the heat of high summer in a pod on the London Eye with only champagne on ice to drink!
- Running a development day at HM Treasury the day before the first Coalition Budget in 2010: everyone who worked there was working frantically while we were learning how to develop gravitas through body posture and expressions.
- Being voted as co-Chair of WiPM with Susie Boyce in 2009. While this wasn't the way APM had done things in the past, we worked as equal partners for two years. A perfect way to volunteer without overload.
Over the years, I've come across several role models for me as someone who wants be a great professional and a great mother to my two children. Now I've had other people calling me inspirational too! I've encouraged people to consider progression within the APM and it's been a pleasure to see new Fellows and even an HonFAPM as a result. A added bonus of my volunteering has been to have made lots of friends in the process.
3. What would your top tip be to an APM member looking to become a volunteer?
Don't wait - go for it! Try it and see. If you don't like it, you can always stop, but chances are that you'll find it really rewarding.
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