Lucy Finney MBE 

Head of leadership development, Underscore  

Lucy has 30 years Business Transformation experience and a proven track record in Leading Change Programmes and Project Management in Government, MOD and the Defence Sector throughout the UK and overseas. Her experience is the result of a portfolio of experience which includes a full career as an Army Educational and Training Services Officer, a Masters in Design of Information Systems and 16 years’ experience as a Business Change Consultant and Project Manager. Lucy has led several major Transformation programmes in both the civil and military domain and has been formally recognised at the highest level through the award of an MBE for the ‘Strategic Transformation and Modernisation of Training in the British Army’. 

Today she is well known for her work in Leadership Development, Project Leadership Coaching and Business Change Consultancy. She is regularly called upon by the APM to present at conferences on the subject of Leading Projects. In her career she has been a PM/DPM in projects such as developing future automated vehicles for use on the battlefield, integrating algorithms into command systems within Network Rail (this project involved managing the business change integration with all the Train and Freight Operating companies, Department of Transport and ORR). Lucy has also reviewed and redesigned the Programme Management Board structures for the MOD (part of a Niteworks Project) and conducted an Organisational Level review of the Defence Equipment and Support, Project Management failures and Learning from Experience. 

She is a strong Leadership Influencer, Change Agent, Creative Problem Solver and Project Manager. Her previous clients include MOD, Defence Science and Technology Lab, Niteworks, NHS and Fire and Rescue Services. Private sector experience includes L3, Thales UK, Financial Times, BCM Construction, Mirka, Boeing UK, Capita, Network Rail and RED Scientific Ltd. 


CPD self-directed learning: how to maximise informal learning & development opportunities  

Informal learning and development opportunities are all around us, happening every day in our careers – yet we don’t always consider them as continued professional development (CPD). In this session, Lucy will talk through tools and techniques that you, as project professionals, can use to maximise the benefit from informal learning and development opportunities and make them count in your own CPD plan. 

The session will include:  

  • Self-coaching 
  • Learning logs 
  • Doing a training needs analysis (TNA) on yourself to identify your training gap 
  • Finding credible learning opportunities 
  • Learning styles 
  • Learning hacks 
  • Personality and learning 
  • Autodidactic Learning (the Wikipedia definition of this is ‘Autodidacticism or self-education is education without the guidance of masters or institutions. Generally, autodidacts are individuals who choose the subject they will study, their studying material, and the studying rhythm and time’. However, as Lucy will explain, you want to choose something that helps build your career!) 

APM Public Webinar: 

Mindsets - Mental Toughness for Challenging Times: (Mar 2020) - YouTube Link 

Intelligent Conflict Management in Project Teams (Nov 2020) YouTube Link 

APM Blogs: 

Inspirational Leadership at the Churchill War Room Read here 

Developing Women in Leadership Read here 

Mindsets - Mental Toughness for Challenging Times Read here 

What is Inspirational Leadership Read here 

7 Common Traits of Inspirational Leadership Read here 

APM Conference 2018: 

Future Proofing Your Career – Short Video Watch here 

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