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Discover the secrets and benefits of achieving the Chartered Project Professional status, while successfully delivering projects, programmes and portfolios in the financial services industry as a freelance consultant.​ This webinar was held on 5 May 2020 and presented by Sunchana Johnston.

Full of wit, honest advice and expertise, Sunchana Johnston gave an overview of the financial industry, methodologies used with a few typical projects mentioned. Sunchana described her journey into the real world of financial services as a successful gig economy freelancer. Based on first-hand experiences post voluntary redundancy from water utilities, this was a story of transformation and discovery of what is essential to succeed; finding the real confidence; winning the first contract in banking; inspiring others; and making freelancing sustainable. 

Sunchana confidently gave practical advice interweaving her project management skillsets into achieving the Chartered project professional standards in 2020, explored the benefits, the obstacles and the exciting possibilities that this offers. With a quick overview of ChPP, she described the process and her journey.

Sunchana finished with the future landscapes of managing change in financial services, cybersecurity and fintech.

The outcome was:

  1. Clear understanding of what it takes to make it as Project Management Professional in financial services.
  2. Good understanding of the industry.
  3. Process and benefits of achieving Chartered status.
  4. Potential routes into financial services.
  5. Confidence to achieve the same success as the speaker.

Sunchana Johnston, FAPM, ChPP, MSc

Originally from Croatia, Sunchana is a Fellow Chartered Project Management Professional, author and international speaker, based in Scotland.

She is an independent P3O Consultant, specialising in planning, leadership and portfolio management. Sunchana has accomplished a great deal for corporate and public-sector clients in a career spanning over 20 years, in delivering complex business and technology transformations.

  • The most famous mega-project: London Olympics (via Arcadis)
  • The most complex mega-project: £1.2 billion (NatWest Bank)
  • The most expensive mega-project: £2 billion (Scottish Water)
  • The most politically sensitive: BREXIT (DEFRA & Standard Life)

This webinar is aimed at change and project management professionals at any level.

Sunchana has very kindly allowed her presented material to be made available for viewing. The slides on Slideshare and the webinar recording on YouTube is now available in our APM resources area and also embedded below for reference. Sunchana also provided a link to her Ebook, 'Career Coach, Says Who Are You?' to read at your leisure.

Questions raised during the recording have been reviewed and are now published with the speaker responses.

Previous presentations and webinars can be viewed on the APM Slideshare and YouTube channels.


APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition reference

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