APM Announce New CEO



Reported by Miles Shepherd in Salisbury

23 December 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that Sara Drake has been appointed as its new chief executive. Sara, currently Managing Director of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), joins APM at the end of February 2015. She takes over at Princes Risborough from Andrew Bragg who has been at the helm for 10 years.

141223-pmwj30-new-ceo-PHOTOThere are a number of similarities between APM and RTPI: both are about the same size at 22,000 for APM and 23,000 for RTPI while both are the largest professional body of their discipline in Europe. RTPI received its Royal Charter in 1959 while APM is awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge to the Privy Council’s decision to recommend the award.

During her time as Managing Director at RTPI, Sara was responsible for strengthening and developing support for the town planning profession and its relationship with stakeholders to ensure it made an effective contribution to government policy. She was also responsible for developing membership services and non-subscription revenue streams.

Prior to her appointment at RTPI, Sara held managing director roles at the Home Builders Federation and the Trademark Owners Association as well as director roles at Thames Television and Penguin Books. She holds an MA (Hons) in Law from Newham College, Cambridge.

APM Chairman Steve Wake “We are delighted to welcome Sara to APM. She brings with her a wealth of experience from the professional body sector. This experience will be a huge asset to the Association in its development as a Listening, Learning and Leading organisation. An organisation that is transforming itself as it progresses towards Chartered status in its execution of the 2020 strategy.”

Further news will be forthcoming from APM early next year.

141223-pmwj30-new-ceo-APM LOGOFounded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 22,000 individual and 540 corporate members. APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/