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Posted by APM on 1st Feb 2012

Welcome to the latest Scotland Branch newsletter. This is a place for the committee to communicate with local branch members and to seek your input for future events.

Over the next few months both the branch and Aberdeen Chapter are planning an interesting series of events and activities including evening talks, site visits and one day conferences.

We welcome input from members. If you have any suggestions for events, can offer a venue, or if you have an area of expertise that you would like to speak about we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please click here to get in touch. We will be holding our AGM in May. If you are interested in putting your name forward for election to the committee please use the appropriate nomination form which will be available to download from the website together with details of the meeting nearer the time. To stand for election you need to be an individual member of APM. The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer must be associate or full members.Below you will see news of recent events and a summary of events planned for the next few months.

We would also like to thank those members, individual and corporate, who offered support for recent events.

The APM Scotland online community is a valuable place to network with fellow professionals, share common interests and develop good practice. Once you have registered with the community, a good place to start is on The Discussion and particularly the Introduce Yourself discussion topic. The Answers is the area where you can ask questions and allow the community to help you answer them. You may also find some interesting opinions in The Blog, so please leave a comment.

Evan Clark
Chairman APM Scotland Branch

Scotland branch corporate dinner

Piper Alastair Roberts with Evan Clark piping guests into the venue

Scotland branch welcomed over seventy guests to its bi-annual corporate dinner held at ARTA, Glasgow, on Wednesday 18th January.

In keeping with the season, the evening had a Burns night theme and was organised by Alastair Laird from the committee. Guests were entertained by a piper on arrival, who also piped in the haggis. Alastair then addressed the haggis with a traditional Robert Burns poem. We enjoyed a dinner which, of course, included haggis. Guests from overseas were fascinated by the ritual and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Our guests of honour were Annabel Goldie, MSP for West Scotland, and Andrew Bragg, Chief Executive of APM. They shared some interesting thoughts on leadership through delivery and APM. On a lighter note guests completed a referendum with a Scottish theme the results of which were somewhat difficult to ascertain!

Altogether a memorable evening during which we had the opportunity of thanking our corporate members for their support and encouragement. It was a reflection of their interest that we had representation from over thirty companies at the dinner. Everyone agreed that the evening offered a unique opportunity to network with fellow project professionals. Thank you all for attending and making this event such a success.


You will receive an email flyer advertising events which allows you to plan your attendance and book a place. Please, if you do book and then find that you are unable to attend, let us know by clicking the 'cancel' link in the confirmation email as soon as possible.

Venues and catering are booked based on the number of bookings and when delegates fail to attend it means that we have ordered and paid for catering which is wasted. Joining instructions are always sent out 7-10 days before each event and include the link to cancel. Thank you for your co-operation.


Scottish Conference 2012

Main conference sponsor


Wednesday 14th March 2012
9.30am - 4.30pm
Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 11 Newmarket Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ
Up to 7 hours. Find out more about CPD

APM Members (including employees of corporate members): 114 including VAT
Non Members: 144
including VAT

Following the success of our first two conferences, this has become a key date in the APM annual programme. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating day.

The theme for this year's conference is controlling the balance between time, cost and performance whilst still delivering the required benefits to the business. Delegates will hear about best practice and personal experience of both success and failure. We shall also explore the need for skilled management and competent leadership.

We are delighted to present a cast of speakers at the top of their profession:

Andrew Bragg, Chief Executive, APM
Craig Sloan, Head of Programme Management and Risk, Glasgow 2014
Erik Johannesen, Head of Project Management at BAE Systems
Tony McGoldrick, Project Manager, The RBS Group, Corporate Risk Change Services
Toby Kliskey, Director, Turner & Townsend Project Management
Doug Littlejohn, Chief Operating Officer, 20|20 Business Group
Mark Stubbs, Site Director at Hunterston A
Jason Dalrymple, Project Manager, NATS Prestwick
John Scott, Head of Capital Planning, Information & Clinical Support Services,
NHS Ayrshire & Arran
Peter Nesbitt, Head of Project Management Learning Consulting, QA Training
Peter Glynne, Chairman APM Benefits Management SIG
Stuart Dixon, APM PMO SIG
Tim Warren, APM Risk SIG
Evan Clark, Scotland Branch Chairman


Limited exhibition spaces, and cost effective promotional opportunities are still available - contact us for more information.

Corporate sponsor

Scotland project management challenge 2012
Thursday 29th March 2012

6.00pm to 6.30pm Registration & networking
6.45pm to 8.00pm Presentations from finalist teams
8.00pm Buffet, judging
8.45pm Winners announced & prizegiving


Crowne Plaza Glasgow Hotel, Congress Road, Glasgow, G3 8QT

Presented by
Mathew Varghese & Chris Gordon, APM Scotland committee & finalist teams
Up to 2 hours

APM members:
Employees of APM Corporate Members:
Non members:
Corporate table for up to 10


Following the success of last year's challenge, won by the team from Wood Group, this year's challenge teams are in the process of completing their projects. Information about the challenge can be found on the Scotland Branch community pages of the APM website.

The finals night will be in Glasgow on Thursday 29th March 2012 when the finalist teams will present their projects. This year the presentations will include a five minute video and the audience on the night will score the presentations. If you missed the chance of entering this year don't miss out next time - teams are invited from universities and corporates. The theme for this years challenge is based on projects with a charity theme through either an event, product or service. This is a unique opportunity for teams of 2 to 6 to practice their project management skills in a 'real' environment - a unique addition to their CV.

Chris Gordon, the project manager from last year's winning team said 'this was great for our team, as graduates, to get to grips with all aspects of managing a project and to achieve a successful outcome whilst raising 4000 for our chosen charity, we would thoroughly recommend that students and graduates take part, it's a great experience - this year, it could be you!'.

You are invited to support the teams by attending the finals night. Corporate tables are available for up to 10 guests. Please book on the website, we will contact you to get the names of your guests. Tickets include dinner and tables will be branded with corporate logos.

Supported by
 Advancing project management professionalism through education

Aberdeen chapter

The Aberdeen Chapter AGM will be held in June. Our next event is our Quiz Night on 29th February in Aberdeen. We are planning, once again, to hold a one day conference later in the year, details of which will be available soon.

The committee always pleased to hear from members. To get in touch please email us.


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Chief Executive, APM

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