APM Programme Management SIG Conference videos available

The PM Channel was invited to record presentations from the excellent APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) annual conference held at CH2M on 10 March 2016.

Watch Reinhard Wagner for free on The PM Channel.

Reinhard Wagner

Reinhard Wagner, President of Executive Board of IPMA

The APM Programme Management SIG (ProgM) annual conference 2016 has a theme of Equipping Programme Managers for Global Success. It is now widely accepted that the only constant is change, and as the programme management environment becomes increasingly more mainstream and widely adopted, there is a need to ensure current and future programme managers have the skills and experience necessary to succeed.

Videos of all speakers were obtained and include:


Sir John Armitt, politics and major infrastructure
Reinhard Wagner, The evolution of programme management – insights from an international perspective
Eddie Obeng, Project champions – rising to the challenge


Chris Fairhead, From primary school to PhD: gaining generation’s interest in science and technology
Bruno Kahne, What programme managers can learn from the deaf world to improve their communication
Jonnie Jensen, Why is social media important to my programme?
Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton, The PMO: Organisational glue to make change stick
Amanda Clack and Alan Muse, International Construction Measurement Standards: What are they and why have them?
Les Squires, 10 social marketing concepts that change everything

APM Conference 2016 videos available

The PM Channel were delighted to be invited to film simultaneous streams at the APM Project Management Conference 2016 held in London on 21 April at Kings Place.

The theme for the APM Project Management Conference 2016 explored how the project profession can transform into one recognised as being world class. It considered how to create a world-class mindset and how that can transform you, your organisation and our profession.

In a competitive, globalised and connected world, the challenge to set new standards of achievement grows exponentially. How do we go beyond good practice, beyond best practice and all the way to world class when delivering change?

Watch the excellent talk by Isabel Dedring on the role of politics in project management for free on The PM Channel

Isabel Dedring

Watch Isabel Dedring speak about the role of politics in project management

The speakers recorded on video at the APM Project Management Conference 2016 included:

Stream one: Individual
An Introduction to Conversational Leadership by David Gurteen (Gurteen Knowledge)

Learning and Leadership: the foundations of successful transformation by Ann Alder and Geoff Cox (RSVP Design Ltd)

Conducting the Project Team: the lessons that project managers can learn from great musical conductors by Andy Cooke (PA Consulting)

Values and Elite Performance by Rob Coulthard (Judgement Index UK Ltd)

Stream two: Profession
Project and Programme Management, a profession at the heart of the London and national economies? by Michael Flynn (Transport for London)

What is the role of politics in project management? by Isabel Dedring (Arup)

Stream three: Organisation
World Class Programme and Project Management – Are We There Yet? by Steve Elliott  (HydroFormer Project Management Services)

A World-Class Mindset by Richard Palczynski (Crossrail)

Tfl Knowledge management journey – learning to be world-class by Liz Hobbs (Transport for London)

Closing keynote speaker:
The IPA: The future for government projects and programmes by Tony Meggs ( Infrastructure and Projects Authority)

APM Risk SIG Conference – videos available now!

David Hillson video

Watch David Hillson speaking at the APM Risk Management SIG Conference

The PM Channel were pleased to be invited by the APM to film this one-day event held by the Risk SIG.  Ken Evans, SIG chair, welcomed everyone to this conference and emphasised that this was part of the Risk SIG’s on-going commitment to bring together thought leaders, experts, practitioners and Risk SIG members to share the latest insights into risk management, from high level approaches to practical applications.

100 delegates attended the conference. They listened to presentations by six invited speakers on QRA, discussed risk tool software with nine of the leading vendors in the field and, of course, networked with other delegates, speakers, vendors and SIG committee members. At the end of each presentation, questions were invited and at the end of the last presentation, all the speakers together provided a further opportunity for delegates to ask more questions.

The conference had an international dimension with speakers, delegates and vendors from Europe, Africa and the USA. A special thanks goes to those who made the journey to London from beyond the UK shores. David Hillson is an award-winning thought-leader and expert practitioner who speaks and writes widely on risk management, with ten major books on the topic.

Watch David talking about ‘How Risky is Your Project?’. As a reminder for the delegates, here is a list of the speakers and the title of their presentation.

  • Dr David Hillson – How Risky is Your Project and How do You Know?
  • Mr Egan Naidoo – Lessons Learned in Implementing a QRA Capability – An African Perspective
  • Ms Val Jonas – QRA Throughout the Project Lifecycle
  • Mr Roger Garrini – Quantitative Risk Analysis in Industry
  • Mr Simon White – User-Friendly Risk Management
  • Dr David Hulett – Unknowns, Systemic Risks and Risk Prioritization in Schedule Risk Analysis

Women in Project management – The PM Channel videos now online!



The second National Women in Project Management (WiPM) Conference, “Driving the Future” took place on 24th September 2015. This conference was important to both men and women who want to ensure they are getting the best for their organisation and want to learn from other peoples experience about the value diversity brings.

Full of stimulating talks and interactive debate, the conference was designed to facilitate knowledge-sharing and fresh insights for attendees.

The event offered, high profile keynote speakers, an interactive debate, targeted networking opportunities and a variety of CPD activities with the aim of reinforcing the importance of women in project management.

The PM Channel were present at the Women in Project Management conference and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

We have the below talk from one of the keynote speakers Harriet Minter available for FREE.

Harriet Minter video

Harriet Minter speaking at the Women in project management conference

Harriet Minter: Harriet gives her opening keynote – “Proceed until apprehended”. Her talk focuses on what she has learnt from interviewing women at the top of their respective fields in the world of business.

Harriet is a regular speaker on women’s rights, the future of work and digital media. Harriet is the editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section where she writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and has interviewed a range of leading women from MPs to entrepreneurs and celebrities. Prior to her current role she worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian’s Professional Networks.

Amanda Clack: Amanda’s talk is title “Driving the future: How enabling diversity can boost business”. Her talk focuses on her experience as a woman at the top of her field, and how diversifying your business can lead to better results.

Amanda is a Partner at EY where she is the Head of Infrastructure (Advisory), and is a founding member for the APM Women in Project Management Specific Interest Group, having held numerous roles in APM, and winning the SIG coordinators award in 1995. Amanda was also a Partner at PwC where she was Head of Profession for Programme and Project Management. Amanda led on two of the leading PwC global reports for PPM covering 3025 people in 110 countries. With 29 years of consulting experience she has led a number of high profile engagements including being a Mission Critical Programme Engagement Director for the Prime Ministers Special Delivery Unit.

Teri Okoro: Teri’s talk is titled, “Embracing diverse talent”. Teri analyses the progress made by women in the field of project management, the necessity for an organisation based around women in the profession and the future challenges of women in Project Management.

Teri Okoro is Chair of APM’s Women in Project Management SIG, founder and director of a construction design and project/programme consultancy, member of the construction industry council diversity panel and non-executive director, speaker and commentator on gender and diversity matters.

Dr Milena Kanova: Dr. Kanova’s talk focuses on her personal experiences in project Management, and how she values stepping out of her frame, embracing leadership opportunities and the journey a project enables, it is titled “Listen, Learn, Lead”.

Milena Kanov is the senior director of project management at Quintiles, where she works with the strategic and operational teams to put in place planning and implementation of strategies for clinical trials in all internal medicine areas, including rare diseases and genetic disorders, nephrology, dermatology, women’s and men’s health and others – in all phases of clinical development.

Haroona Irshad-Franklin: Haroona’s talk gives insight into her experiences in project management for the U.K government, and how she feels the key skills of listening, learning and leading can transform the way projects are undertaken. It is titled “Listening, Learning, Leading”.

Haroona is a programme delivery professional with over 11 years’ experience of running major programmes in Central Government.

She joined the Home Office in 2004 from a construction and project management consultancy and has led on a number of major programmes including Heathrow Terminal 5, the National Identity Scheme and the Border Systems Programme as well as setting up a new Government Counter Terrorism Agency. During her work at the Border Systems Programme, Haroona was the lead for automating the UK Border and her portfolio included the new e-Passport gates which have set the standard internationally for automated controls.

Michelle Van der duin: Michelle’s talk is titled “Listening, Learning and Leading in Mega Projects delivery”. She talks about how vital the ability to listen, learn and lead is within the Project management profession and how it has helped her projects succeed within the oil & gas industry.

With over 20 years experience in Project Management Michelle is responsible for leading numerous large projects around the world and the downstream project portfolio (the largest offshore facility ever built) for Europe, The Middle East and Africa on HSSE, Cost, Schedule and Quality through a team of project managers/engineers.

Tom Taylor, David Hillson, Harriet Minter & Susie Boyce: “The National Conference Debate” is hosted by Tom Taylor.

In this debate, hosted by Tom Taylor, the panelists discuss some of the biggest questions facing Women in business and work today. Tom Taylor is President of APM, Principal of dashdot and joint founder of Buro Four. He is an experienced project manager, consultant, advisor, lecturer, speaker, author and occasional broadcaster.

Dr. Hillson is an international risk management consultant who leads The Risk Doctor Partnership. A 25-year veteran who has worked in nearly 50 countries and published 11 major books and more than 100 journal papers and articles on risk. A notable figure in business risk management, and the recipient of numerous awards for his work over the years including the PMI Fellow Award (2010), the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award (2002), the PMI Eric Jennet Project Management Excellence Award (2011), and the PMI David I Cleland Project Management Literature Award (2013).

Paul Tunnah, Jane Mackenzie-Lawrie & Elizabeth Harrin: “How to develop your own talent”.

The panel debates on the importance of marketing and networking for a business, both online and offline and at any level.

Paul founded Pharmaphorum Media in 2009, to drive better communication and collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare stakeholders.

Jane has worked on top accounts in multiple categories – all B2B and service sector focused, including BMW, BT, American Express, Nationwide, Reed Employment and the ethical pharmaceutical sector on GSK, Pfizer and Roche when a pharma agency wanted to bring insight from outside the pharma world to its campaigns.

Elizabeth Harrin MA, FAPM, MBCS, is Head of Applications and Projects at Spire Healthcare and Director of Otobos Consultants Ltd, a project management consultancy practice.She is an award-winning project management blogger who writes the blog A Girl’s Guide to Project Management. She is also the author of the books Social Media for Project Managers, Customer-Centric Project Management and Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World.

Patty Everitt & Susanne Haselgrove: “Piecing together a “Me” shaped development plan”.

Patricia and Susanne focus on the benefits of a project manager injecting their own values into the role and how it helps enhance the project.

Susanne’s leadership career enabled her to promote widening participation, flexible learning and partnerships with employers to enable individuals to enhance their professional and personal development. Since 1998 Susanne has supported individual and team development in a variety of settings in public, private and third sector organisations including through the use of behavioural and psychometric tools.

Patty is a practising psychotherapist, who has also enjoyed a 30 year career as a physicist, software engineer, quality manager and IT project manager within a diverse range of organisations including SMEs and multi-national corporations, across the nuclear, scientific and pharmaceutical sectors. Alongside this very ordered and orderly path Patty developed a deep and abiding desire to notice what drives each of us to succeed, or not, in our ambitions. This path has taken her, via coaching, into psychotherapy.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

APM benefits summit 2015 – Videos available

The APM benefits summit 2015 took place on 25th June in London with clear objectives set out:

  • To establish #APMbmsummit as the annual ‘must attend’ UK conference for Benefits Management
  • To further the science and art of Benefits Management worldwide
  • To provide a forum for sharing knowledge and good practice
  • To provide delegates with great networking, learning opportunities and professional development
  • To support the development of a growing community of benefits management practitioners and stakeholders
  • To provide an oasis and motivation in the busy lives of delegate

The PM Channel were present at the APM benefits summit and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

What better way to kick of the day than with Eddie Obeng who’s talk we have available for FREE!

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Eddie Obeng speaking at the APM benefits management summit

Eddie Obeng: Eddie’s talk is titled “Our quest for success in the project management temple of doom”. An interesing title, but as always, a very engaging talk. Why do some high profile projects fail? The world is changing much more rapidly, than we realise, but are we properly equipped for this? Eddie argues that it is our job as a modern day “Indiana Jones” to enter the temple of doom and grasp the project management “holy grail” of success.

Eddie Obeng is the founder of Pentacle Virtual Business School and professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is an educator, innovator and author.

Colin Morris: Colin’s talk is titled “Realising the benefits of delivering major infrastructure projects”. Colin explores the unique challenges to managing benefits that are presented by the scale and breadth of the high speed 2 railway, he discusses how the planning of HS2 will transform the way Britain thinks about transport and the construction will transform the way Britain thinks about infrastructure.  Colin is the strategy director for HS2 Ltd.

Stefan Sanchez & Alan Brown: Stefan and Alan’s talk is titled “Benefits and better business case”. Large projects in the public sector usually have multiple formal approval processes. Stefan and Alex describe how and when using the better business case approach should be used and the crucial role of benefits. They both have in depth knowledge and practical application of this. Stefan and Alex are both director of Value People Ltd.

Mike Ward & Richard Peel: Mike and Richard’s talk is titled “Improving benefits management at Sellafield”. Over the last few years Sellafield Ltd has been on a journey to improve its maturity in programme management and to achieve its overall site objective “excellence in programme and project management”. This talk provides an insight into the key elements of the journey and some of the techniques and principles applied.

Mike Ward is the head of portfolio and programme management capability at Sellafield. Richard Peel is a programme management consultant for the Sellafield improvement programme.

Bridget Jackson: Bridget’s talk is entitled “Over optimist in government projects”. Optimism bias in public sector projects is not an new phenomenon, but it is one that persists frequently, undermining projects value for money.

Steve Messenger: In this interactive workshop, Steve explores how Agile can help to deliver benefits incrementally whilst maintaining control and ensuring benefits realisation. This talk also inlcudes audience participation with real examples and opinions form audience members.

Steve is the current Chairman of the DSDM Consortium, a role which entails setting the strategy for DSDM and leading the DSDM Board of Directors. From his experience, Steve provides training and consultancy to large organisations and has been asked to speak at a number of conferences in Europe and the USA.

Benedict Pinches: This workshop presents the findings of research to investigate evidence presented in existing scholarly literature on the success of ICT and other investments in realising the benefits expected at the start of a project. Benedict will also highlight the potential obstacles for benefits realisation.

Benedict Pinches is the managing director and founder of the Oxford Major Programmes; a company dedicated to revolutionising the management of major projects and programmes.

Matt Williams: Matt argues that projects and programmes need to sit within an investment portfolio aligned with organisational goals and objectives if business value is to be created and benefits realised.

Matt Williams is the managing director of Connexion Systems, a provider of innovative services and systems that enable project organisations to maximise business value generated from portfolios of capital investments.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance – videos available


The eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance took place on 15th June at The Armourer’s Hall in Moorgate, London. An impressive venue, the conference was held over two days and was extremely informative and engaging.

The conference was focused on the subject of earned value management, with an earned value management masterclass available all day with Steve Wake – “someone who knows his stuff”.

The PM Channel were welcomed as a sponsor and media partner to record the talks which are now available at

With an impressive line up of speakers, we have the below talk by Sir John Bourn available for FREE!

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Sir John Bourn speaking at the eVa20: Putting down the roots for good governance conference

Sir John Bourn: Sir John gives his opening key note – “Magna Carta and Project Management”. Sir John, KCB is a former Comptroller and Auditor of the United Kingdom. John is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and and Senior Advisor to the Foundation for Governance Research and Education. [FGRE] A Charitable Trust dedicated to thought leadership and best practice in governance.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence: Tim addresses the eVa20 conference on how to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects. Sir Tim is a retired British naval officer and chair of the MPA (Major projects association).

Peter Morris: Peter argues that “value is what projects should be creating for their sponsors. Earning is getting properly rewarded for doing so. Analysis is trying to think this through”.

Peter Morris is Professor of Construction and Project Management at UCL (University College London). Peter has also been in the forefront of developing richer, enlarged views of what disciplines should be doing for many years.

Tim Banfield: Tim’s talk is titled “Growing project delivery capability in government”. Tim is Director of strategy at the MPA (Major projects authority). He has a critical leadership role in developing the project delivery profession in government, including the development and advancement of the major projects leadership academy. an ideal speaker for this talk!

David Bennett: David presents his case study from completion of 12 months as project director for the Red Line of the Doha metro. He is Vice President of PMCM and Rail Industry and Jacobs Engineering leading programme and construction management business.

Stephen Carver: Stephen looks at some of the key anniversaries that we are celebrating in 2015 and links them back historically into key aspects of projects. He is a sought after speaker with a unique story-telling style and demonstrates how to help ourselves and develop our own skills. With much of his working life being spent in real business, his attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it”.

Merron Simpson: Merron’s talk is titled “Validating strategies…a Magna Carta for the 21st century?” She gives an insight into linked projects and results to uses, and benefits.

Merron is founding director of New Realities Limited and is the UK’s Lead on open strategies and a certified facilitator/practitioner. Merron uses open strategies with organisations to improve their strategic planning, undertake service review and demonstrate their social impact.

Louise Hardy: Louise’s talk is about organisation, culture and diversity – how do these critical people related aspects shape and influence the delivery of projects and programmes? Louise explores the range of issues presented by ‘OCD’ for influencing projects and business and how these impact upon successful outcomes.

Louise Hardy, BSc CEng FICE CMgr FCMI is a programme manager whose most notable role was as infrastructure director for the delivery partner to the ODA for the design and construction of the Olympic Games.

Dr Hakur Jonasson & Dr Helgi Ingasson: This presentation details some core concepts of project ethics, and the basic idea behind the Project Ethics Tool (PET) is explained. This talk also includes a brief overview of creation of the IPMA code of ethics.

Dr. Haukur Jonasson heads the MPM (Master in Project Management) programme at the University of Reykjavik, Iceland. Dr. Helgi Ingasson is the professor at the school of science and engineering at the same university.

Elizabeth Harrin: Elizabeth explains imposter syndrome and how it is a convenient label for the self doubt we feel from time to time. Elizabeth shares her personal battle with imposter syndrome and explains how to identify it, overcome it and offers practical ideas to help you become more confident.

Elizabeth Harrin, MA, FAPM, MBCS, is director of Otobus consultants Ltd. She is a PRINCE2, MSP and P30 practitioner and holds the ITIL foundation certificate, she is also the award-winning blogger behind ‘A Girls Guide to Project Management’  aimed at helping project managers communicate more effectively.

Paul Kidston & Simon Taylor: Paul and Simon discuss how better planning makes better projects.

Paul Kidston is the head of project control for Taylor Woodrow, civil engineering division of Vinci Construction, part of the largest construction and concession groups in the world. Working into the role of project management, Paul introduced, then, the relatively unknown technique of earned value analysis. At the same time he started to attend and then regularly became a speaker at EVA events.

Simon Taylor is head of planning at HS2 Ltd and has also worked for Transport for London.

Bruno Kahne: Bruno discusses how deaf people have over developed specific behaviours which help them to communicate faster than those that can hear, and with much more precision. What are these behaviours which allow them to have a more simple, precise and rapid communication?

Dr. Bruno Paul Kahne is the author of “Deaf-Tips, powerful communication.” Bruno leads a team of consultants, trainers, facilitators and coaches who are experts in human performance.

Bruno’s current role is a ‘Head of Disruptive Innovation,’ at Airbus Group Leadership University.  He has managed projects and trained in many parts of the world: Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA, to list only a few.

Mia Nordberg: Mia explores howe evolution of technology has changed the way you work with others on projects. Have trends of these new advancements improved your productivity, as well as your teams, or have they created new challenges?

Mia Nordborg is Director of the Customer Experience for Projectplace at Planview. Projectplace creates collaborative tools that enable people and organisations to reach their goals.

Dr Sylvana Storey: Sylvana discusses focusing on the behaviours required of leaders to facilitate a change towards inclusive cultures in their organisations. Also presenting LEAD3 , a leading analytical tool for integrated change management.

Sylvana is an organisational change management consultant and a business psychologist. She is the managing director of global organisational integrators and advises organisations. Sylvana is also a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Robin Yeman: One of the mistakes project teams make is the assumption that agile is only utilized for software development. Robin outlines how to set up an integrated performance management baseline for agile programs.

Robin is the agile transformation lead for Lockhead Martin where she has spent 22 years. She holds many certificates to her name including PMI-ACP (program management agile professional), and in the last 13 years has worked in a number of varied roles.

Jake Holloway: Jake shares some of his experiences as a survivor of a hundred or so IT and business projects. This talk is loosely based around his upcoming book, “A Practical Guide to Dealing with Difficult Stakeholders”, he introduces some of the characters that populate real organisations.

Jake Holloway is the Client Director for Xceed Group, specialising in IT transformations, migrations and change.

Simon Springate: Simon discusses how every board needs programme management expertise.

Simon is head of project controls Europe at CH2M. He has over 35 years experience in project controls after specialising in project planning. Throughout his career he has supported the development of the project profession through active membership of the APM and their special interest groups.

Jonathan Crone: Jonathan discuss the HS2 design vision. Developed with the input of leading UK designers, it aims to ensure that all aspects of HS2 will add up to create one transformational experience and that design is used effectively to achieve the ambitious social, economic and environmental goals for the nation. There are three major themes in the HS2 design vision on people, place and time. The full vision can be found on the HS2: high speed rail site.

Jonathan is the Director of the programme management office for HS2 and has over 30 years experience in project delivery. Jon has held project-focussed and functional roles on major projects in the UK and overseas, including major airports.

Julia Forte & Donna Anderson: This presentation takes a brief look at some of the key events that have led to the clinical trial governance (good clinical practice) that we see in place today, ensuring protection of the rights, well-being and health of patients involved. This is in reflection following the WW2 Nuremberg Trials and the use of Thalidomide in the 1950’s.

Julia Forte is the associate director of project management at Quintiles and Donna Anderson is the director of project management.

Eddie Obeng: Eddie displays a memorable aperitif to round off the EVA20 banquet. Eddie leads the audience on an engaging quest for the project management holy grail of success.

Professor Obeng is a British educator who is recognised for his success as a motivational speaker, innovator and author. Eddie has established QUBE, the worlds best 3D learning environment and is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School. He is also a contributor to the ever popular and informative TED talks.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

ITER: Fusing the project world – videos available


The ITER: Fusing the project world project management conference took place on Friday 4th September near Marseille, France. This conference was run by project management practitioner Steve Wake for project management practitioners and stakeholders.

The ITER: Fusing the project world conference promised to provide a truly global perspective of what can be achieved when the world’s greatest minds work together to achieve a razor-sharp shared goal.

Steve Wake says “The lessons learned at ITER will change the way that delegates look at projects, period.”

The PM Channel were present at the ITER: Fusing the project world conference, are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talks whenever you want wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Simon Addyman available for FREE!

Simon Addyman video

Simon Addyman speaking at ITER: Fusing the project world

Simon Addyman: Simon’s talk is called “Routines for success: organising for innovation and collaboration”.

Simon Addyman started his career in property refurbishment before moving overseas to work on a major school building programme for the World Bank in The Gambia, West Africa.

Before returning full time to the UK, Simon gained a distinction in his MSc in Construction Project Management from Heriot-Watt University. He joined London Underground in late 2000 and continues his professional development, becoming an APM Certificated Project Manager in 2008 and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at University College London.

Simon has spent his career in London underground (LU), from assistant project manager to programme manager, working on station infrastructure projects. He is currently the project manager for the Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project. The project has successfully implemented LU’s novel Innovative Contractor Engagement procurement route for which Simon was awarded Project Professional of the Year at the APM Awards 2013.

 Bernard Bigot: Bernard welcomes the audience to the conference and discusses ITER. Bernard has been closely associated with ITER since France’s bid to host the project in 2003. Following the ITER site decision in 2005, the signature of the ITER Agreement in 2006 and its ratification by all Members in 2007, Mr Bigot was delegated by the French government to act as High Representative for the implementation of ITER in France, a position that he has occupied since 2008.

Bernard is a Commandeur in the French Order of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur in the Royal Swedish Order of the Polar Star, and an Officer the French Order of the National Merit. In October 2014 he received the Gold and Silver Star in the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun.

Steven Cowley: Steven’s talk is entitled “The wonder of fusion”. Professor Steven Cowley became Director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Laboratory in September 2008 and Chief Executive of the UK Atomic Energy Authority in November 2009. He received his BA from Oxford University and his PhD. from Princeton University.

His main research interest is in realising fusion power. He has also published over 150 papers on: the origin of magnetic fields in the universe, the theory of plasma turbulence and explosive behaviour in both laboratory and astrophysical plasmas.  Professor Cowley co-chaired the US National Academy’s decadal assessment of, and outlook for plasma science.

 Peter Morris: Peter’s talk is titled, “Addressing the challenge of climate change: The power of portfolio, program and project management”. Peter was Head of The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, at the University College London until August 2012 and is widely respected as one of the leading thinkers in project management. During this period the School tripled in size and was rated top in its Unit of Assessment for its research. From 1996 to 2009 Peter was also Executive Director of INDECO, a consultancy specializing in the management of projects.

Peter was Chairman of the Association for Project Management (APM) from 1993 to 1996 and Deputy Chairman of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) from 1995 to 1997. He received the Project Management Institute’s 2005 Research Achievement Award, IPMA’s 2009 Research Award and APM’s 2008 Sir Monty Finniston Lifetime Achievement Award.

Harley Lovegrove: Harleys talk is titled “Managing change”. Harley is the Chairman and one of the founding Partners of The Bayard Partnership.

Harley set up his first business when he was 21 and has over the years built a proven track record working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors from apparel to petrochemical and from telecommunications to transport. His biggest claim to fame in the scientific arena was in his role as COO of Eonic Systems, the innovative software company that designed and built the ‘Virtuoso’ real-time operating system for the Rosetta space probe and Philae lander; its minute but scalable microkernel architecture enabled it to run on radiation tolerant processors with the absolute minimum amount of resources.

Harley is also the author of four books; Making a Difference, Inspirational Leadership, Transition (and most recently) The Change Manager’s Handbook which was launched in the Science Museum in London earlier this year.

 Benita Cegarra: Benita’s talk is called “Dealing with difficult stakeholders”. Benita’s presentation will cover the thorny topic of managing difficult stakeholders with the sub-title “Pride, Prejudice and People”, as it is the recognition that people are the key factor in determining whether a project or programme will succeed. Benita will share her thoughts on getting people to commit to change, overcoming resistance and actually finding that you have a lot of support from areas where you don’t expect it.

Benita is a practical and pragmatic business trouble shooter with 20 years of experience working from board level to front-line operations in the areas of sales, customer services, supply chain and operational management. A superb communicator, Benita has successfully facilitated and implemented major change across the globe.

Transformation Directors hire Benita because she enables them to deliver their objectives quickly and team members enjoy working with her because she makes the complex appear simple, thus enabling on-time delivery of great bottom-line results.

Stephen Carver: Stephen’s talk is titled “Creating vision with stories”. Steven is a lecturer of Project & Programme Management and Crisis Communications on the Full-Time and Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business before moving on to work at Virgin. From there he went on to work directly for a global CEO as Head of Project & Programme Management Strategy. Steven is an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

 Roberto Saban: Roberto’s talk is called “Project Management at the LHC:  a 20 year journey”. Roberto is the Head of Engineering at CERN. He graduated with a degree in informatics from Pisa University and went on to earn a Master’s degree at Edinburgh University.

All these talks and many more from other conferences around the world are available on The PM Channel.

PMI Synergy 2015 – The PM Channel videos now available


Celebrating its fifth year, the PMI Synergy conference took place on 12th November 2015 at Westminster’s picturesque Central Hall. Bringing together a large mix of professionals from across business sectors, from employers, professional bodies, academic institutions and project managers from all industries to celebrate the immense contribution project management makes, and its importance as an industry to society.

“Right in the heart of all this economic, social and cultural endeavour stands the project manager, providing the vital link between aspiration and reality” – Yohan Abrahams, PMI UK Chapter President

With the PMI Synergy conference being solely about celebrating and enabling the project management profession, it not only featured a number of distinguished speakers from around the globe, but invited educators, smaller businesses that enable and contribute to the project management profession, and retailers to join the celebration and contribute to the event. Having such an inclusive body of professionals truly enabled delegates to network, share stories, ideas and questions that will lead to a stronger more responsive project management profession.

The PM Channel were present at PMI Synergy 2015, and are hosting the talks from the conference at where you can enjoy the talk whenever you want, wherever you want.

We have the below talk by speaker Linda Lloyd available for FREE!

Linda Lloyd video

Linda Lloyd speaking at PMI Synergy

Linda Lloyd: Linda’s talk is called “Getting Agile to work in large organisations”, which starts with a brief introduction to her company Thales, and specifically her role in e-security. She then goes on to talk about how a company so large was able to adapt themselves to the Agile business philosophy so successfully, what that means for Thales going forward, and why Agile is a business practice that can work intertwined with traditional project management practices.

Linda is Thales Project Manager of the year for her application of project management in an Agile environment. Linda has worked in the civil and defense industry for 25 years. She has also led International Trade Missions to Europe, the Americas and The Far East.

The other talks featured on The PM Channel include:

Stewart Desson: Stewart’s talk entitled “Project Leadership through a Relationship Lens” gives an insight into his personal experience working at British Airways and the styles of management that were seen over the time he was there. Stewart goes on to try to assess the definition of great project management, and how using data can help facilitate a change in leadership styles.

Stewart is a highly experienced trainer and consultant and a leading expert in psychometrics. His specialities include organisational development, team effectiveness, communication, personal awareness and development, influencing skills, executive coaching and leadership skill development.

Harvey Maylor: Harvey’s talk which is titled “Synergy? Matching Leaders with Complexities” has him attempting to answer some extremely complicated questions about project management such as, what factors make a project complex to manage? How can we actively manage complexities? And, can we match leaders to complexities?

Harvey has been an academic and consultant for the past 25 years, is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a visiting fellow at Cranfield University. He was previously Director of the International Centre for Programme Management at Cranfield, successfully delivering a $US4M programme of research with HP Enterprise Services, and before that, founding and running Cranfield’s MSC in Programme and Project Management.

 Didi Hopkins: Didi’s talk entitled “Volcanic Eruptions & ways to avoid them perhaps” covers communication problems, specifically highlighting the ways in which we choose to communicate, and the effects of those choices. Her talk offers alternative ways of communicating, focusing on empathy, listening and understanding, which in turn leads to better communication throughout and fewer internal conflicts. The end result for this is a better, more productive working environment.

As a theatre director and actor, Didi mixes theatre and the arts into business. She has been part of a team at the National Theatre devising, developing and delivering action based work using theatre techniques to unlock potential around leadership development, executive presence, communication and change.

Stephen Armstrong: Stephen’s talk which is titled “Leading Innovation: Building a new kind of Engineer for the 21st Century” gives an insight into the need for innovation within engineering roles, using his own experiences in the industry as a platform. Steven describes the challenges he faced on projects that lead him to innovative thinking about engineers as agents for enabling change in processes and implementation.

Stephen Armstrong has over 25 years of success, leading C-level strategic change and business transformation initiatives, with an initial pedigree in the Aerospace and Defense industry before then spreading to other sectors. Included are 23 large-scale enterprise-wide turnaround assignments, in technologically complex environments. In 2014, Armstrong was appointed Professor of Innovation, in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, at the University of Toronto.

Sylvana Storey: Sylvana’s talk entitled “The interplay between diversity and leadership” attempts to understand the capabilities of diversity in the 21st century, to present the overview of a model that encourages diversity, and to look at diversity as a change management process. To do this, she highlights the challenges she has personally faced within the industry, and uses data to highlight just how far the business world has to go in terms of diversifying.

Sylvana Storey is an organisational change management consultant, and a business psychologist. The Managing Director of Global Organizational Integrators, Sylvana advises organisations and is a guest lecturer for several business schools.

Phil Driver: Phil’s talk is entitled “Validating Strategies” in which he talks in depth about differing business strategies, how they work in a practical environment and what can be expected from them in terms of benefits. He also talks about how they came up with the idea for ‘open strategies’ and how that differs as a process to conventional business strategies.

Phil Driver is founder and CEO of OpenStrategies Ltd. His background in science and engineering management led to his involvement in large-scale industry-sector strategies. That in turn led to his developing an in-depth understanding of the challenges of even larger scale, public sector strategies.

Jim Snyder: Jim’s talk is a personal account of how PMI was founded, the vision that lead to its inception and the struggles of building it up to the global organisation it is today and the people who were key to its success.

Jim is a founder of the Project Management Institute, fellow of the Institute, volunteer executive director for 13 years, first president, and past chair of the Board. He continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He was been awarded the PMI Person of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

All these talks and many more from other conference around the world are available on The PM Channel.

The PM Channel at the Project Controls Expo 2015


The Project Controls Expo 2015 is the largest Project Controls event of its kind, bringing together delegates from all over the globe with the intention of doing the unthinkable, sharing their collective knowledge, tools, practices and  processes. The invitation to teach, learn and review practices is what makes the Project Controls Expo 2015 so important in the project controls industry, it allows the whole industry to learn from each other, improve from each other and grow together. To facilitate that The PM Channel have archived the talks and seminars from the event, so you can learn from the speakers at a time and place that suits you.


Taking place on October 13th 2015, the Project Controls Expo 2015 was held at the mighty Emirates Stadium in the west stand. Transforming the stadium commonly known as a place for sporting excellence into a vibrant venue for business excellence is no small feat. However with the inclusion of a partner showcase room, a job fair, a zone dedicated to offering master classes in business practices, a workshop zone in which delegates can discuss project controls, a technology zone where the latest software and products used in project controls were on display, a zone dedicated to the intermediates of project controls where they live-streamed a basic overview of project controls in business and a zone for panels where delegates could share their experiences and ideas, the Emirates Stadium lived up to its reputation as a world class venue.

The side of Emirates stadium few get to see

The side of Emirates stadium few get to see

Over the course of the Project Controls Expo 2015 numerous talks and seminars (which are available on The PM Channel) took place from experts across numerous fields in business, these included:


Steven Norris – Steven’s talk is the keynote and opening talk of the conference. He talks about the history of infrastructure and how the United Kingdom still relies on infrastructure developed in the nineteenth century. Going through his personal experience working in Infrastructure, Steven goes through the issues that developing infrastructure undergoes, from political challenges to the obstacles in the field. His keynote speech from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available for viewing on The PM Channel.

Steve has combined a career in politics with a business career in the fields of property, infrastructure and transportation. He is currently Chairman of BNP Paribas Real Estate UK and of Soho Estates. Having a particular interest in infrastructure he chairs the National Infrastructure Planning Association which works with government to improve the planning regime around major projects and advises a number of clients on major schemes.



Preet Bullar & Tony Purpuri – Preet and Tony gave a talk entitled “Challenges of tracking EV progress on the Army’s highest priority equipment programme – SV Scout” in which they spoke about the challenges they had faced and overcome in their many years working with defense programmes. Their talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 can now be found on The PM Channel.

Preet is an Engineer and Program Management Consultant, with over 12 years experience supporting the Ministry of Defense. He is currently the EVM Lead on what is the Army’s highest priority new equipment programme, a multi-billion pound Armoured Vehicles Programme.

Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a Certified Cost Estimator with experience in the defense air and sea domains. He is currently responsible for estimating the cost of one of the largest and most complex defense programmes.


20151107105747_thumbDavid Bordoli and Helen Bentley – David and Helen presented a talk entitled “Scream if you want to go faster” which was a Masterclass based on a role play scenario looking at key practical aspects i.e. Contractual and legal, planning and programming, quantum and project management, and a project controls dashboard. Their talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available to view on The PM Channel.

David has over 35 years experience in the construction industry, and in 2014 co-authored ‘A Handbook for Construction Planning and Scheduling’. David is currently involved in a major infrastructure arbitration in South Africa.

Helen is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience spanning a broad range of building and civil engineering projects. Today Helen continues to advise on many standard forms of contract including NEC, ICE and JCT.


20151107113608_thumbWill Bentley – Will conducted a talk entitled “Pragmatic approach to EV” in which Will addressed some of the key drivers for the HS2 Programme such as why HS2 is so important to re-balance and build a sustainable economy, as well as being a catalyst for economic growth for Britain. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now ready for viewing on The PM Channel.

Will is the Program Control Director for HS2 Ltd, and has extensive experience working on many large infrastructure programmes in the UK and abroad including West Coast Route Modernisation, Qatar National Vision, Dubai Metro, North Sea projects and the Channel Tunnel.


20151107115023_thumbIan Heaphy – Ian gave a talk entitled “Marking Target Cost Contracts Work Under the NEC3” in which he explained how target cost contracts under NEC3 are intended to work and how they can, if well set up, deliver value for money. The talk also considered the problems parties who do not adequately understand those aspects of the contractual processes which determine a project’s success or failure; may face and how to mitigate these dangers. Ian’s talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now up on The PM Channel.

Ian is currently a Director in Turner & Townsends Contract Services Team, with over 20 years’ experience across the industry, including oil & gas, water, aviation, rail, highways, building and ports.


20151107115906_thumbJon Broome – Jon’s talk entitled “NEC3 compensation events: agreeing contractual change promptly, amicably and constructively” which presented a process that allows the parties to not just agree commercial settlements as the contract progresses, but to arrive at an agreed final account on contract completion, and also manage change events better so that the employer pays less and the contractor makes more money. Jon’s talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now available to watch on The PM Channel.

Dr Jon Broome PhD, MAPM, MIoD is a director of BuiltIntelligence, chair of the Association for Project Management’s Contracts & Procurement SIG, and a recognised NEC3 contract expert. With over 20+ years experience in the development field, Jon has authored academic papers and articles, and two books on NEC3, and he co-authored the BuiltIntelligence on-line NEC3 e-Learning Academy.


20151108120609_thumbFranco Pittoni – Franco gives a talk entitled “BIM – food for thoughts – Chef Masterclasses” in which he lays out the values, standards, codes of practice and concepts that are the basis of a sound BIM solution. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is available to view on The PM Channel.

Franco has over 42 years of experience in project planning & control which has given him experience working with Engineers, Consultants, Contractors and as a Client’s Representative.


20151108101535_thumbJohn Hollmann –  John spoke on the subject of “Reliable Risk Quantification for Project Cost and Schedule” in which he talks about the reality of cost estimate inaccuracy, failed cost/schedule risk analysis, and research on successful methods. This is followed by the demonstration of practical, reliable cost and scheduled risk quantification methods that anyone can apply without reliance on complex software and consultants. His talk from the Project Controls Expo 2015 has now been published on The PM Channel.

John has 35 years of experience, including all practice areas of cost engineering and project control including empirically-based risk quantification, and uses his experience to help owner companies improve their Cost Engineering capabilities.


20151108011433_thumbEwen Maclean & William Godwin – Ewen and William present a workshop entitled “Delay Claims and Analysis based on FIDIC Forms of Contract” in which they provide a general introduction to FIDIC claims covering what type of claims contractors typically make under FIDIC distinguishing between the recovery of time and money under different provisions of the FIDIC forms. Their workshop from the Project Controls Expo 2015 is now ready for viewing on The PM Channel.

Ewen is an experienced expert in the field of programming; delay and disruption; and associated prolongation costs in relation to construction and engineering projects. His experience has lead him to work on contracts that span, inter alia, major building, civil engineering, oil and gas, airports, tunneling, mechanical and electrical, pharmaceutical, infrastructure including highways and rail as well as fit-out works.

William is a practicing Barrister with over 20 years experience in construction law. He is an arbitration panel member of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Shanghai International Arbitration Center and the Dubai International Arbitration Center; he is also an accredited adjudicator of the English Technology and Construction Bar Association.


The PM Channel was present at all these talks from the Project Controls Expo 2015 and they are available to view now on the channel, which can be found at 


APMP – What’s it all about?

So, what is APMP really all about?

Is this you when you hear the acronym APMP? If so, keep on reading to find out what it’s all about!

 The formal definition on the APM website is:

‘APMP is the flagship qualification of the Association for Project Management. Tens of thousands of project managers have chosen to obtain the internationally recognised International Project Management Association Level D certification’. 

Still confused? Here’s a much simpler one:

APMP is aimed at those wishing to achieve an extensive level of project management knowledge, sufficient to incorporate into projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Installing transferable skills form one job to to another. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, although it is not essential.

APMP allows individuals to demonstrate their knowledge of all the components that come under project management. The APMP also allows for individuals to show their understanding of how these components then interact together and how any future projects they undertake can fit into their strategic and commercial environment.  The APMP is both a nationally and internationally recognised qualification. As it is such a diverse qualification, it can be carried from one job to another – and even more so, from one industry to another.

So hopefully now, when someone asks you about APMP, you should look more like this

If you would like to know even more about APMP, or even if you think this might be a qualification that could be for you, have a look at the following helpful websites:

The PM Channel –

Provek Ltd –

APM Website –