Programme shaping up for APM Conference Manchester
With just over two weeks to go before the first conference in APM’s Power of the Profession series kicks off in Manchester, the programme is brimming with a broad range of projects and research relevant to the profession.
The APM Project Management Conference Manchester, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions, takes place on Wednesday 7 November at The Studio in Manchester city centre and this year explores how projects and the profession as a whole can be a Catalyst for Good. Sub-themes will explore how those who work within the project profession can utilise Smarter Thinking, Smarter Working and Smarter Leadership to manage delivery of their projects and ensure a positive impact is realised. Here are just some of the highlights delegates can look forward to.
The Smarter Thinking Stream, sponsored by KCOM, is a must-attend for project professionals interested in seeing the bigger picture in terms of project impact. In a nod to the NHS’ 70th year, the NHS Learning from Local project (Local Health and Care Records) will be presented by project manager Benjamin Heap and engagement lead Hannah Eustace from NHS England. Benjamin and Hannah will talk through their journey to deliver this project, which will have a lasting, positive impact on local care record management.
In other Smarter Thinking sessions Hugo Minney, chief executive of Self-Belief will discuss why project professionals need to think ‘outside the triangle’, and Northern Spire project manager Duncan Ross-Russell and communications manager for the project Chris Taylor will describe the methods used to deliver this high profile multifaceted project, whilst managing numerous stakeholders, setting out the positive impact it will have on the community in Sunderland.
In the Smarter Working Stream, ideal for project professionals keen to see what the future holds for the profession, Liverpool University’s exciting new project the Virtual Engineering Centre will be featured. Head of commercial Lyn Dwyer will give an overview of how the Virtual Engineering Centre is working with organisations to maximise the benefits of the digitalisation agenda. Rebecca Grady from Ramboll will also offer a fascinating insight into her work with the British Antarctic Survey and Andrew Ross from Hyde Park Solutions will run an interactive session, discussing tools that may impact the profession in the future.
The Smarter Leadership stream will appeal to all project professionals leading a team or an organisation. Following the release of APM’s Project Leadership Report, Co-Author Sarah Coleman will team up with contributor Tom Frost from Shell to run an interactive session describing their key findings on Leadership Competencies and how they can be implemented. This will then be complemented by following sessions with Debbie Francis of Direct Rail Services and Guus Van Ekelenberg of Shell Project Academy, offering learnings from their own broad experience and journeys into project and team leadership.
Respected keynote speakers John Cridland CBE, chairman of transport for the North, and Maeve Cohen, director of Rethinking Economics, will provide thought-provoking, informative and inspiring speeches, giving their take on how the project profession really can be a Catalyst for Good.
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