Two leading speakers confirmed for APM Conference

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Posted by APM on 31st Mar 2013

Richard WisemanThe APM Project Management Conference, with a long-held reputation for agenda setting content featuring some of the worlds most influential and thought provoking speakers, have added two more inspirational names to the already impressive speaker line-up.

Opening the conference will be one of Britains best known psychologists; Professor Richard Wiseman. Joining Richard at Kings Place in London on Thursday 13th June will be Bechtel programme director Bill Henry.

Award-winning Richard Wiseman (pictured right) holds Britains only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, where he researches an eclectic range of topics including luck, self-help, illusion and persuasion. Combining this with the talents he acquired as a professional magician sets the scene for an intriguing and entertaining opening session.

Richards work has been published in the worlds leading academic journals and cited in over 20 introductory textbooks. Richard has also written several best-selling books that have been translated into over 30 languages including The Luck Factor, Quirkology, and 59 Seconds. His psychology-based YouTube videos have received over 90 million views and he has given keynote addresses to organisations across the world, including The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum and Google.

Richard is the most followed British psychologist on Twitter and was recently listed in the Independent on Sundays top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live. Over 2 million people have taken part in his mass participation experiments and he has acted as a creative consultant to Derren Brown, The MythBusters, CBSs The Mentalist, Heston Blumenthal, Nick Cave and Jeremy Deller.

Bill Henry: Bechtel programme director

Bill HenryBill Henry (pictured left) is the Bechtel programme director of the 3bn Crossrail and Reading programme. In addition to the on-network Crossrail works, Bill leads an integrated Network Rail and Bechtel delivery team on the 935m Reading Station Area Redevelopment (RSAR) Programme. Following the McNulty report on railway reform, this programme has been described as Network Rails fulcrum breakthrough project.

Bills career with Bechtel has spanned 38 years to date and has included positions within three of Bechtels global business units, with 12 years in the UK rail industry.

He moved to the UK in 2002 to take on a role as area director on the 9bn West Coast Route Modernisation. Bill was brought in by Bechtel in order to stabilise the project and drive high performance. This period, described by Bill as the most challenging of his career to date, was delivered on schedule and under budget, to critical acclaim.

Subsequently, Bill moved to the RSAR Programme, where he is leading the delivery team. The 935m programme includes the construction of a new station, depot, viaduct, as well as track and signalling upgrades. Due for completion in 2015, one year ahead of programme, the RSAR programme has already received numerous awards and recognition in the national media, as well as within the railway industry, and has been described as the jewel of infrastructure projects on the Western Route.

APM Conference 2013Impressive speaker line-up

Speaking alongside Richard and Bill will be Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist for Financial Times, HS2 Ltd chairman Doug Oakervee CBE, Shard project director Robert Deatker, National Audit Office director Tim Banfield and Ministry of Defence programme manager Lt Col Martin Sturgeon.

The conference theme of Adapt! will reflect on 2012 as the coming of age year for project management and asks; what now? The APM Conference will call on the profession to adapt its thinking to address the growing expectations of society. A society with a growing intolerance to failure and that expects a world in which all projects succeed.

Adapt! will focus on flexibility, resilience and evolution. Topics that reflect the new benchmarks that 2012 set, the growing demands of customers and the more for less culture which is challenging how we think and act.

To see why the APM Project Management Conference is known for featuring the countrys most innovative and groundbreaking projects watch interviews with speakers from last years conference including Virgin Galactic, London 2012, NASA and Crossrail.

 

 

 

 

 

APM members 
Standard rate: from 1st April 2013                      375 per person*
APM non members 
Standard rate: from 1st April 2013485 per person*

If you would like to make a corporate or group booking, please contact the APM membership development team on: 01844 271 682.

*All prices are exclusive of VAT. Cancellations will be subject to a booking charge and no refund will be made after 5pm on Thursday 30th May.

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