APM Election brings in New Blood


Reported by Miles Shepherd in Salisbury

15 November 2013 – London, UK – APM members elected three new and one returning Board member.  Acting company secretary Peter Van Duzer announced the results of the 2013 election Kevin Barton, Susie Boyce and Christine Burt joining the board alongside Rod Baker who returns after standing down at the 2012 election.  The election results bring parity of the sexes as there are now as many men as women on the Board.

131122-pmwj17-new-blood-IMAGEThe new members replace Alistair Godbold and David Hart, along with chairman Mike Nichols who chose not to stand for re-election, and Keith Robinson who resigned from the board due to time pressures last year.  Fernande van Schelle, who joined the Board to provide specific insight into the needs of the next generation of project professionals, stands down in order to undertake an MBA. Her successor is currently being sought with the aim of making an appointment at the January Board meeting.

The election saw a slight increase in the number of members casting their vote; the 1,683 votes gave a turnout of 13.5%.  This was a marginal increase of 0.1% compared 2012. The turnout compares favourably when benchmarked against the Institution of Engineering and Technology (10.3%), British Computer Society (7.42%) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (6.3%).

Rod Baker has been an APM board and APM Council member, he is also on the board of GAPPS and a director of APM Group.

Kevin Barton is Maritime Projects Director within Mouchel. He is an RPP Assessor and Verifier, and member of the APM Membership Committee. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Certificated Project Manager, Registered Project Professional and an APM Fellow.

Susie Boyce has been a committee member of the APM Women in Project Management SIG for eight years and was joint-chair for two. She is currently Director, Clinical Project Management with a global company overseeing projects across the globe.

Christine Burt has been a project manager since 1999 originally managing IT projects; infrastructure rollouts and software implementations. She now manages portfolios of projects and programmes on an interim basis. Christine was an APM Committee member from 2008 to 2010 of the APM Swindon Chapter within the Thames Valley branch.

The four new members join current board members Sarah Coleman, Professor Charles Egbu, John Gordon, Alan Macklin, Mary McKinlay, Monica Sasso, Jonathan Simcock and Steve Wake.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 20,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. 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

Source: Association for Project Management