Speed king Noble named Honorary Fellow

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Posted by APM on 18th Oct 2013

Richard Noble OBEKing of speed, Richard Noble OBE, has been named as an APM Honorary Fellow in this years honours list.

Richard, a previous world record land speed holder with Thrust2 and the brains behind the current 1,000 mph Bloodhound SSC project, is credited with helping to raise the profile of project management within the wider community.

He will be presented with his fellowship at this years APM Awards ceremony, held on Monday 4th November.

In support of his nomination, Richard was praised for his consistent support for the profession and enthusiasm for sharing the knowledge. He was also recognised for his commitment to engaging the next generation of project managers and engineers.

Bloodhound SSC, the focus of his presentation at the 2012 APM Conference, was developed in conjunction with University of the West of England (UWE) with the aim of inspiring students by making available all data during the build process.

The unusual step has provided unrivalled access into the workings of the worlds fastest car for more than 3,000 UK schools.

Richards reputation for risk and adventure was forged back in 1983 when he piloted Thrust2 to speeds in excess of 600mph.

Its success brought the world land speed record back to Britain and proved the catalyst for future record-breaking attempts, including the first ever supersonic car, ThrustSSC. 

For each of his projects he has created a highly-motivated but small team set up. He is quoted as saying: We try to use flat structures wherever possible, delegating both responsibility and authority which can result in a team which drives the project fast and across a wide front.

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