Rachael Troughton / Louisa McLeod

Rachael Troughton has worked at The Open University for 4 years. As a Learning and Development professional, she is most interested in how we can build change capability in our people in order to drive success for the future. In her PMO role she is keen to find ways of translating her previous experience of leading transformation projects to maximise our potential to deliver effective strategic and operational change across the institution.   

Louisa McLeod has worked for the OU for 5 years, progressing through to her current role of Senior Assurance Manager. She has been the backbone to the OU’s PPM infrastructure and methodology, and is pivotal in delivering the University’s assurance activity across the Major Change Portfolio and Student’s First Transformation Programme. Along with her PMO colleagues she supports the OU to “Make the right change, and make the change right”.


Presentation title: Assurance: the partner to maximising portfolio success and driving strategic value
Synopsis: This session will explore the role of portfolio assurance as a key influencer of, and contributor toward, individual project and wider portfolio success, proving that prevention is always better than the cure. We’ll combine practical experiences, theory and case study to bring to life the role assurance plays  in creating resilience within a project portfolio and how it directly influences strategic gain and success.

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