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Kim Chester

Kim Chester has worked in a Project and Programme Management capacity all her working life, starting out in Africa delivering landmine clearance projects and more recently as Chief of Staff with a responsibility for over 200 Managed Service Provider staff. Today she works at HS2 as the Undertakings and Assurances Manager.
Neither an engineer nor a member of the armed forces, Kim has spent most of her working life working with others that are; she is the living embodiment of the fact that an English degree qualifies you for everything. A programme manager for CH2M Hill for 6 years, she’s looking forward to working as part of Jacobs and growing her Programme experience. She has a passion for creating environments that enable teams to flourish, deliver and have fun.

Presentation title: Thriving and surviving in a major programme
Synopsis: Drawing on her experience working on major programmes with the MoD, HS2 and other clients, Kim will talk about life at the pointy end of programme delivery. She will look at some of the challenges, as well as the successes, that have been common across a range of organisations, sectors and programmes:
• Maintaining team spirit (when the water’s been cut off and you just know you’re going lose the next drinking game)
   - High pressure environment survival techniques
   - The importance of recognising the individual over the team
• Pushing water up hill (and keeping it there)
   - Embedding cultural change
   - First followers’ vs leaders
• More power! Why Engineers should be banned from the kitchen.
   - Does process ruin productivity
   - The challenges and opportunities posed to delivery within a well-established organisation vs a young one

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