The Project Manager of the Year talks to The PM Channel.

Richard Walker who was announced The Project Management of the Year at the APM Project Management Awards 2012  shares with The PM Channel his impression after the awards.

Richard says: “It is absolutely fantastic for both myself and Network Rail that we have been recognised by the APM Project Manager of the Year at last months awards. It was especially pleasing for Network Rail to pick up both the Project Manager and Young Project Manager of the Year (Christian Irwin). It shows that we have the strength in depth in the project management discipline, which demonstrates to our customers and stakeholders that we have the right people successfully delivering the most challenging and complex projects in the UK, week in, week out. I would also like to thank Andrew Delo and the team at Provek for their support and help in my personal development. The filming work I completed with Andrew on the roof tops of Farringdon for the launch of The PM Channel gave me great experience in presenting to camera! It has been enormously beneficial being put into an unfamiliar pressure situation and having to answer challenging questions! It put me in great shape for my presentation to the judging panel and piece to camera for the awards! I hope that the film clips from Farringdon will be of use to others developing their project management career. I think that the concept and content of the PM Channel is innovative and fits the needs of the fast paced industry we all work in.”

The Farringdon Station Redevelopment is a part of the Thameslink Program, a £6bn programme aiming to increase significantly trains paths form Bedford and Brighton through central London and will cater longer train to reduce overcrowding. Farringdon is one of the two central London stations that will see a major redevelopment in the first phase of this program. This £250 million project took 5 years and was delivered on time and within budget. Richard Walker, The National Rail Project Director admits it is probably “the more complex project on the Thames route in term of Stakeholder Management”.


In this project many and various stakeholders were involved: the local resident but also other construction project and other operators of the station such as the London Underground. Richard Walker main role in this project has been to manage this various stakeholders, giving them confidence. He also explains the importance during a project to continue to demonstrate that the entire stakeholders are engaged and to make that the reporting lines are correct.

Watch Richard’s video on The PM Channel, online project management video for learning and development. Click here.

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