Power of Projects conference 2022

This year our Power of Projects conference was a significant one. We celebrated our 50th anniversary and brought the project management community back together, face to face at Park Plaza London Riverbank on Thursday 9 June.

The flagship conference was buzzing with new and experienced project professionals and featured a range of engaging sessions from expert speakers on leadership, sustainability and diversity. You can read about the key highlights here

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Opening Keynote 

Catherine Green OBE

Manufacturing Lead, Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine

Catherine Green OBE is a British biologist who is an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, a fellow of Exeter College and head of the university’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Catherine and her team were integral to the development of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine.

Throughout the process, Cath and her team’s skills of resilience, motivation, collaboration and agility were consistently challenged; whilst manufacturing the vaccine for the clinical trials under the glare of the global media spotlight.



Registration and welcome refreshments 


Welcome Address

Professor Adam Boddison, CEO, APM

In his welcome address, APM's CEO, Adam Boddison, will talk about APM's 50th anniversary and set the scene for what is sure to be a valuable day of content and networking.

🕑 15 mins 


APM Strategy Refresh Overview 

Debbie Lewis, Chair of APM

APM's Chair, Debbie Lewis, will talk through some of the key focus areas of APM's refreshed 5-year strategy.

🕑 15 mins


Opening Keynote 

Professor Catherine Green OBE, Manufacturing Lead, Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine

In an engaging keynote speech, Catherine Green will talk about the integral role she played as the manufacturing lead in the development of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine in 2020, arguably one of the most influential projects of our time.

🕑 40 mins


Refreshments break 


Leading through the storm: Leadership skills for project managers in high pressure situations

Ellie Orton OBE, CEO, NHS Charities Together

The project profession is experiencing an unprecedented time of challenge and change, and project leadership skills are more important than ever. This session will provide thought leadership on areas where project managers can excel in leading a team through difficult situations to success.

🕑 45 mins


Neuroscience for project success 

Carole Osterweil, Transformation Troubleshooter, Author and Coach

Project success hinges on how we handle ’the people stuff’. Yet most of us can’t really explain ‘why people behave as they do’. In this interactive session, Carole will draw on material from her latest book, Neuroscience for Project Success. You’ll come away with a clear understanding of how the human brain works and new insights into you, your projects and your decision-making.

🕑 45 mins


Lunch break 

Table topics - Choose from 2 themes:

1. What is the project leader's responsibility for team mental health?


Kay Sanders Kay Sanders, CEO, CITI

Halle Stewart Halle Stewart, Senior Project Manager, Industrial Science & Technology, Turner & Townsend


2. How can project managers encourage diversity and embed the benefits?


Yetunde Adeshile, Founder and CEO, The Next Chosen Generation

Dr Teri Okoro Teri Okoro, Founder and Director, TOCA


🕑 80 mins


Panel discussion: Delivering sustainably

The role of the project manager is becoming increasingly important in ensuring a project is delivered with sustainability at its core, balancing social, economic, environmental, and administrative concerns. What are the challenges that project managers are facing and how are they approaching them?


Rob Leslie-Carter Rob Leslie-Carter, Director, Arup



Dr Natalya Sergeeva, Associate Professor The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL

Páraic McLoughney, Deputy Project Manager, Morgan & Mona Offshore Wind, bp

Hala Lloyd, Lead Architect, Curzon Station, HS2


🕑 60 mins


Activity-led workshop: Leading strategic projects - Assess your competences

Professor Graham Winch, Professor of Project Management

Dr Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez

Dr Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez, Senior Lecturer in Project Management, Alliance Manchester Business School

Dr Natalya Sergeeva, Associate Professor The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL

In this interactive session, Graham, Eunice and Natalya will take delegates through some valuable leadership self-assessment based on their recently published book, Strategic Project Organising. This session will be ideal for anyone interested in project strategy and leadership.

🕑 60 mins


Refreshments break 


APM's 50th anniversary panel discussion: Projects for a better future

APM's fifty projects for a better future illustrate the public value that can be drawn from successful project delivery.

The panel will explore our perceptions of project success and, in particular, how we measure the return on investment in terms of societal benefits.


Matthew Rock Matthew Rock, Content Development Director, Think



Karen Elson, Knowledge Director, Co.Cre8, and Industry Champion for Learning Legacy

Darren Dalcher, Professor, Lancaster University Management School

Debbie Lewis, Chair of APM


🕑 60 mins


Closing Keynote: Outlook for the profession

Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood, CEO, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, and Head of the Government's Project Delivery Function

🕑 20 mins


Closing Remarks

Professor Adam Boddison, CEO, APM

🕑 10 mins 


50th Anniversary Drinks Reception


Programme content subject to change.

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🕑 41 mins

Highlights for project success from the Power of Projects conference 2021

The virtual conference saw over 30 expert speakers who delivered a range of thought-provoking and interactive sessions from 7 to 11 June about factors that lead to project success. We’ve collated some of the key highlights from this year’s conference below covering topics such as agile, leadership and diversity.

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Could your organisation benefit from sponsoring future events?

There are sponsorship opportunities for thought leadership, increasing brand awareness and networking. We attract a wide range of project professionals from student to CHPP, university to multinational corporation and social care to aerospace. Our attendees are keen to learn, engage with others and expand their networks.

To discuss how event sponsorship opportunities can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact Kate Ferrier, Sponsorship Manager.

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