Rocket scientist and B&Q's head of PMO to speak at APM Conference
Posted by APM on 27th Jan 2014
With only one day before the end of the early bird rate we give you two more reasons to join us at this year’s APM Project Management Conference sponsored by 20|20 Business Insight. We are proud to announce that British rocket scientist Daniel Jubb and head of the programme management office for B&Q, Karan Bawa will be joining the already impressive speaker line-up.
Daniel Jubb was described by Royal Air Force Wing Commander Andy Green as "one of the world's leading rocket scientists" he, along with his late grandfather were the founders of The Falcon Project, a company that designs and develops rocket engines for commercial and military applications.
Interested in rockets since childhood, Daniel obtained corporate financing and flew many amateur rockets, all by the time he was 14 years old. In a short documentary produced in 1998 for Channel 4 titled Raw Talent: The Rocket Scientist, Jubb stated that he built his first rocket at age five, from a McDonald's straw, a light-bulb holder and some household ingredients.
In November 2005, Jubb joined the Bloodhound SSC project. The Bloodhound is a jet and rocket powered car designed to break the land speed record by traveling at approximately 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 km/h). Jubb and The Falcon Project designed, built, and repeatedly tested their hybrid rocket engine that will produce an estimated 25,000 lbs of thrust, suitable for either Bloodhound SSC or Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two. In addition, The Falcon Project Ltd completed and tested a full scale monopropellant thruster for sub-sonic testing of the vehicle.
Joining Daniel at the conference will be Karan Bawa who is the head of PMO at B&Q
Part of the Kingfisher plc’s portfolio, B&Q is the UK's leading DIY and garden centre retailer offering around 40,000 home and garden improvement products. It employs some 22,000 employees and operates 362 stores with a turnover of £3.7bn.
Responsible for the corporate-wide business transformation portfolio, Karan established the programme management office (PMO) from scratch in 2011, and built a highly successful function for which B&Q was awarded the prestigious APM Project Management Company of the Year Award in 2013.
Prior to 2011 B&Q found itself somewhat out of touch with its customers’ needs. Since then the retail giant has undergone profound changes which have transformed the company. Establishing and deploying a PMO has revolutionized B&Q at every level, delivering immediate and long-term success.
Book your place – early bird rate ends Friday 31st January
Taking place on Thursday 3rd April at Kings Place in London, the APM Conference 2014 will be looking forward to New Frontiers. Change is changing; project management is a profession for the 21st Century. It embraces the speed of change and innovation now possible in our connected, global, technologically advanced age.
New Frontiers aims to change your perception of what can be achieved through project management by showcasing projects, people, and innovative practices from around world. The early bird rate is due to end on Friday 31st January - hurry and book your place today.
To see why the APM Project Management Conference is known for featuring the country’s most innovative and groundbreaking projects watch interviews with speakers from last year’s conference.
The conference will also feature an exhibition where you can talk to numerous organisations at the forefront of the profession about how their products or services can benefit you or your business. Those exhibiting include: 20|20 Business Insight, CITI Limited, Deltek, LogiKal Projects, Network Rail, Program Framework and QA. For more information on our exhibitors please visit our website.
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|Early bird rate (until 31st January 2014)||£308 per person*|
|APM non members|
|Early bird rate (until 31st January 2014)||£395 per person*|
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