The APM Benefits Summit 2016: speakers and workshop facilitators announced

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The APM Benefits Management SIG Benefits Summit 2016 will take place on Thursday 23rd June in London with support from: Enabling Change, Programme Management, PMO and Value Management SIGs

With a theme of supporting the "value for money" view on project success we are excited to announce the following speakers and workshop facilitators:

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Joanna Lewis, National Audit Office
Joanna is an expert in NAO’s project delivery team and works with teams across their office to produce value for money reports on government projects and programmes. She joined the NAO in 2015 and led the NAO’s study “Delivering Major Projects in Government: A briefing for the Committee of Public Accounts”. She is now focussed on transformation in government.

Joanna has over 20 years of experience in and around projects and has worked within central government for nearly 7 years.  She joined the Office of Government Commerce in 2009 and later became the Major Projects Authority’s Account Manager for the Department for Energy & Climate Change where she helped the department to build delivery capability and scrutinized and monitored progress on its highest risk projects including Smart Meters and Electricity Market Reform.  She later worked in the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit providing advice to Ministers on priority commitments including sale of public land and local growth. As a high risk gateway reviewer, Joanna has delivered assurance reviews on high profile programmes across many government departments including Health, Welfare, Cabinet Office, Business, Revenue & Customs and Local Government. 

Before joining the Civil Service, Joanna worked as a management consultant with KPMG for ten years delivering IT enabled change projects and shared services to clients in the financial and manufacturing sectors and later joined the portfolio management team at Barclays Commercial Bank.(back to top)

Chris Battersby, National Audit Office 

Chris is an expert in NAO’s digital team and supports their Value for Money teams in assessing and reporting on major government programmes such as Universal Credit and e-Borders as well as venturing further afield to audit the United Nations’ ICT and transformation programmes. Before joining the NAO Chris worked in the private sector in industry at Philips Electronics and in management consultancy at Origin and Deloitte, where he was a founder member of their Strategy and Operations team.

Chris graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in English, then took a Masters in Business Administration.  He has published papers on subjects ranging from supply chain risk to agile transformation, and in 1999 was co-author of the Deloitte/Euromoney book “Focusing on Customers – the Role of Technology in Business”, now sadly out of print.  Chris is also a member of the APM SIG on Agile Assurance.(back to top)

Claire Ross, Met Office

Claire Ross joined the Met Office after leaving university as a “support programmer” developing products for the marine sector.  It was during this time she had her first brush with project management – a project to calculate the climatology of the North Sea to help appropriately design offshore structures.  

She then spent a couple of years specialising in TV data products before leading the team supporting the development of all commercial forecast products in the Met Office.  This naturally evolved into project management such that she became one of the first formally qualified PRINCE2 project managers in the Met Office in 2004, subsequently adding APMP and MSP qualifications.  

Claire has managed many diverse IT projects, for example the introduction of processes to handle FOI requests, the implementation of ITIL tools,  the upgrade of mass storage hardware and the retirement of old computer prediction models.  In 2014 she joined the recently established HPC Programme Office as “benefits and dependencies manager”. (back to top)

Keith Farquharson, ORBIS – Network Rail

Keith joined Network Rail in 2007 and is accountable for developing and implementing the business change strategy and approach, including benefits management, for the Programme. He leads the management of the Business Readiness, Communications and Engagement and Benefits functions of the Programme and is responsible for the transition of ORBIS capability to Asset Information Operations. 

Keith has been part of the ORBIS Programme from its inception in 2011 leading the early breakthrough programme and then moving to take on senior change roles before becoming Head of Business Change at the start of 2015. Prior to joining Network Rail, Keith led various change programmes particularly focussed on introducing asset management structures and approaches into these organisations. (back to top)

David Liversidge, BMT Hi-Q Sigma

With over 25 years of ‘hands on’ delivery experience in the Defence and Energy sectors, David is an experienced programme manager and systems engineer with a proven track record in successfully delivering complex projects and programmes both technical and business change.  David is a chartered professional engineer and a full member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).  His experience of Systems Engineering and Programme management has shown him how these two disciplines combine to produce a powerful basis for tackling the delivery of complex, technically driven change programmes at all stages in the life cycle.  

David first got involved in Benefits Management in 2000 as part of the MOD’s Smart Acquisition change programme where he helped develop a benefits tracking process and tool for the newly formed Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO).  David has put Benefits Realisation Management at the heart of a number of programmes he has been responsible for, including the Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems programme, the System of Systems Approach (SOSA) programme, Maritime Combat Systems Convergence programme and the EDF Carbon Deposition programme.

David lives in Bath with his wife and two boys. David is a keen runner and walker. (back to top)

Suzanne Richards, DVLA

Suzanne has worked across a number of areas at the DVLA for over three decades, providing the platform for her current position as a benefits realisation assurance manager in the Finance Department.  Working in a change environment for 10 years gave Suzanne in-depth knowledge of benefit identification to support the justification of initiatives. This led her to follow a passion for Benefit Realisation Management (BRM) which was introduced in the Agency over 13 years ago. 

Suzanne has been involved with all major projects within the Agency from the Moderation of the Network Services to more currently transitioning service providers in house. She now leads on Benefit Assurance for all projects/programmes. This role involves promoting and sharing best practice to all departments, including delivering benefit events and awareness sessions to internal and external stakeholders. (back to top)

Trevor Howes, Wovex

Trevor Howes believes that benefits management clears the fog that stops organisations being successful with change and investment. 

Trevor is a benefits management expert who, together with his team and partner network, supports organisations globally to build their benefits management capabilities and gain greater success. 
With over 25 years benefits and change experience he is the founder of Wovex, a company providing enterprise wide benefit solutions.

He also co-created Realisor, the first true end-to-end benefits management toolset, is a Founder Member of the Value Selling & Realization Council and was a founder member of the APM SIG on Benefits Management. (back to top)

Ned Newton, Atkins

Ned is a consultant at Atkins, specialising in benefits management. He is a Benefits Management SIG Committee Member. With an engineering degree from Cambridge University, his career has included roles within projects and programmes across a wide range of industry sectors, including civil engineering, banking, airports, utilities and central government. 

He now helps organisations identify, track and realise benefits on a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from small projects through to pan-government infrastructure programmes. He is a keen innovator with a track record for solving business problems with new tools and techniques. In recent years his focus has been on "Outcome Relationship Models" - using a novel technique for outcome mapping and analysis. Over the last two years he has been helping establish the approach on six large government programmes. (back to top)

Laura Brock, IPA

Laura Brock is the Benefits and Savings Lead for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. The IPA provides expertise in infrastructure and the financing, delivery and assurance of major projects, to support more effective management and delivery across government. In her current role Laura provides insight on the benefits of the Government’s major projects as well as developing a framework and capability for the effective management of benefits across government.

Laura developed a demonstrable track record as the Benefits Lead within Transport for London’s surface business group for developing processes and building capability to successfully manage and realise benefits. This has required Laura to manage requirements and engage with stakeholders to ensure an appropriate approach and scalable framework for benefits management is adopted. She also has significant experience in project and programme delivery from her previous role as Benefits Lead for the Metropolitan Police Service. (back to top)

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, APM PMO SIG Chair

Emma-Ruth has more than 15 years’ experience in the project management industry and established her first PMO back in 2008. Since joining the APM, Emma-Ruth has been particularly active in the PMO industry. She strongly believes in the PMO as a key enabler of successful business.

Emma-Ruth created ERAP Consulting Ltd in 2014 with a vision of transforming PMO consultancy to align with the modern needs of business. She majors on collaboration – combining the process-driven world of PMO with the modern age of ‘here-and-now’ (focusing on the use of collaboration, engagement and tools such as SharePoint and Office 365) – where information and support is available 24×7 at the touch of a button.

As Chair of APM PMO SIG Emma-Ruth is seeking to steer the PMO discipline from a traditionally administrative function to a fully embedded strategic business partner; for example, through curating events that inform and support this view, and enabling ‘PMO people’ to keep up with the exponential pace of business-related change.

Emma-Ruth actively embraces ‘out of the box’ thinking and often implements new ideas to prove a concept. Emma-Ruth has contributed to several publications including the Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices (Axelos), Real Project Management (Peter Taylor), and several Project Magazine articles as well as Wellingtone and PMO SIG’s recent State of Project Management Survey. (back to top)

Judge Matharu, TfL

Judge is a practitioner of benefits realisation management (BRM) with over 8 years of experience working across private and public sector. He is currently working at Transport for London working on Portfolio Benefits Management.

Judge brings his particular brand of a practical and pragmatic approach to BRM together with his desire to make the topic more readily accessible to organisations - recognising that the majority of them are either totally or very new to BRM practise.

He is co-author of ‘Practical Benefits Realisation Management’ which looks at the topic through his lens based on his learning and is a practical and pragmatic guide to the application of BRM. He is also involved in capability development including training on the same topic.

Judge has an MBA from Henley Business School where he is also an associate. He is 49yrs old and a family man with two boys of 16 and 12.  (back to top)

Parag Gogate, APM Enabling Change SIG

Parag is the Head of Programme Management & Quality for Arcus, a leading facilities management services provider overlooking development and delivery of change programmes, business improvement projects and IT system implementations. He is also responsible for delivery of IT support services, quality management, risk & business continuity. Parag was one of the founding members of Arcus in 2009 and prior to that spent 12 years in various Operations Management roles in the Hospitality industry globally.

He holds an MBA from Durham Business School and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He is also a certified PRINCE2®, MSP® and an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner. Parag is a member of DSDM consortium and APM where he leads the Innovation theme of the Enabling Change SIG. (back to top)

Neil White, APM Benefits Management SIG Co-chair

Neil is an experienced Change Manager and strong advocate for Benefits Management. Neil has spent many years working in the Aerospace and Defence sector but in recent times has recently moved into Transport. Neil prefers to develop embedded solutions that incorporate that enable organisations to develop and mature to meet their own specific organisational and stakeholder needs. 

As co-Chair of the APM Benefits Management SIG, Neil is well positioned to ensure that BM practitioners and Change Sponsors alike look beyond ‘the processes’ to gain an understanding of how Benefits Management supports both the business and its workforce. In recent years Neil has majored in portfolio benefits management solutions. Neil made this move in growing recognition of the need to identify and manage strategically driven organisational. Neil has an MSc in Change Management and BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. 

Neil is a member of MENSA and lives in Hampshire with two cats and an XBOX ONE. (back to top)

Stefan Sanchez, Value People Ltd

Before becoming a specialised management consultant, Stefan had a diverse and varied career in the public sector including regulatory work; parliamentary experience and senior management positions in the Welsh Government - latterly in the Finance Department.  

Stefan has depth of knowledge and practical application of the best practice Better Business Case approach to developing spending proposals in the public sector using the Five Case Model.  He has led the development of several high profile schemes across the Welsh public sector, including the Welsh Government’s Local Government Borrowing Initiative; Flood Programme; Social Housing Revenue Grant; Capital Loans for Sports and Leisure and many more.  He has overseen over 100 ‘scrutiny reviews’ for Accounting Officers seeking assurance their investments will deliver value for money.    (back to top)

Alan Brown, Value People Ltd

Alan is a Director of Value People Ltd, a consultancy which specialises in the development and delivery of ‘Better Business Cases’ using the best practice HM Treasury Five Case Model Methodology. As a Chartered Surveyor and Regeneration Specialist Alan has enjoyed a successful and high profile career in England and Wales. As the CEO of BP D’Arcy a wholly owned subsidiary of British Petroleum Alan developed one of the UK’s largest corporate sponsored economic regeneration projects. 

Prior to forming Value People Alan managed his own economic development consultancy and from 2008 – 2015 worked at the heart of Welsh Government as a specialist independent advisor. Alan particularly enjoys acting as a critical friend or mentor in the development of Better Business Cases drawing on over 30 years of diverse experiences to help shape and develop a compelling case for change and investment. (back to top)

Hugo Minney, TyneHealth

Hugo Minney PhD is a Registered Project Professional (RPP), Chartered Manager, and a Fellow of APM.  He speaks on Benefits Management around UK.  His day job is as Chief Executive of a GP Practice Federation which has 238,000 patients on its registered list, which involves steering the murky waters of NHS politics.

Hugo also runs a management consultancy, and a medical charity, and combines the three sectors of the economy through the all-important question “WHY?” – why are we trying to do this project? What are we really trying to achieve? Do the benefits actually justify the investment and could the investment be better spent to achieve more benefits through a different programme?

Hugo is an Accredited Social Return on Investment Practitioner with Social Value UK.  He was lead author for the chapter on Benefits Management in APM’s Body of Knowledge. (back to top)

Matt Williams, Connexion Systems (Closing Key Note)

Matt Williams is the Managing Director of Connexion Systems, an Australian-based provider of innovative services and systems that enable project organizations to maximize business value generated from portfolios of capital investments. 

Matt has spent the past 15 years advising PMO’s on governance and controls, and is a regular speaker at PMI, AIPM (Australia) and APM (UK) events on the topic of Benefits-led Portfolio Management. 

Matt holds a Business degree majoring in Management Information Systems, and received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2003. (back to top)

For further details and to book please click here

Posted on 25th May 2016
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