APM introduces nine new Honorary Fellows



Nine academic, professional and industry leaders honored at 2014 APM Awards ceremony in London

5 November 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) introduced nine new Honorary Fellows at their 2014 Awards Dinner in London on 3 November. They included Carol Bell, Denise Bower, Lynn Crawford, Alistair Godbold, Philip Isgar, Bob Laslett, Geoff Lowe, Peter Simon and Hugh Sumner.

Carol Bell

141105-pmwj29-honorary-BELLCarol Bell has made an extensive contribution to the profession both individually as a project professional and in her role as an APM volunteer. During her 15 years of continuous voluntary work for APM Carol has contributed to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition and the current review of the APM Competence Framework.

She is also an assessor for APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) after taking part in the original pilot scheme to develop the professional standard. In addition to contributing to Network and Project Magazine, Carol has donated a lot of time and effort to a number of groups including APM South Wales and West of England branch, APM Women in Project Management specific interest group (SIG), as well as being on the steering groups for Inspire and the APM Awards.

Named as one of the 10 most influential project managers for her work on the award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall, Carol has worked on other landmark buildings including Guernsey Airport, the Royal Academy and the British Library.

Carol has presented to a wide range of organisations on project management including Transport for London and won the built environment Women in the City Award in 2008.

Denise Bower

141105-pmwj29-honorary-BOWERProfessor Denise Bower has made an influential contribution at the highest level of the profession.

As an executive director of the Major Project’s Association Denise has worked in collaboration with the UK Treasury to develop an ‘infrastructure routemap’ to enable more informed project and programme initiation and delivery decisions. The routemap provides a simple set of tools that have been used successfully on major projects such as Crossrail, High Speed 2 (HS2) and the Environment Agency’s Thames Estuary project, to name a few.

Denise is Professor of engineering project management at the University of Leeds where she set up the Engineering Project Academy and led its well established MSc programme. As a leading academic in the profession Denise instigated the £3.5m iBuild research project to investigate future business models for infrastructure. She is also a published author and co-author of an extensive range of books, papers and reports, and has worked as an expert consultant with major infrastructure clients.

Denise was a founding member of the Higher Education Academy “Excellence in the Learning and Teaching of Project Management” network that promotes excellence through workshops and interlocks research in both learning and teaching.

Lynn Crawford

141105-pmwj29-honorary-CRAWFORDThe strategic advisor at Human Systems International Limited and visiting Professor at Cranfield University, Lynn Crawford has been involved in project management practice, education, and research across the world since starting her professional life as an architect. She is presently Professor and Director of the Project Management Program at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Professor at Bond University in Australia.

At Human Systems International Lynn works with a network of leading corporations that are developing organisational project management competence by sharing and developing knowledge and good practices. She is currently involved in numerous pieces of ongoing research including project and programme management competence, management of business change and differences in project management practices across project types and industries.

As a highly-respected academic Lynn provided the Australian contribution to an internationally conducted research project on the value of project management with results of other completed research projects being published across the globe.

She has been actively engaged in the development of global standards for project management since the late 1990’s and has been instrumental in the formation of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

Alistair Godbold

141105-pmwj29-honorary-GODBOLDAlistair has also been a long-standing and supportive member of APM who has contributed at the highest level. His APM roles include deputy chairman of the board and the association’s representative for International Project Management Association (IPMA).

During his six years as an APM board member he chaired the professional conduct and strategic policy committees. He has also served as a director of the Major Projects Association, chairing their programme committee.

Alistair is a programme manager with The Nichols Group and has delivered projects and programmes for over 30 years in aviation, IT, business change, construction, mining, rail and nuclear. He has advised companies on improving project control and delivery effectiveness, conducted project and organisational reviews, as well as designed and led assurance for a multi-billion pound portfolio.

He has written and presented on ethics and professionalism, most recently at the APM Project Management Conference, and led the work on the update to the APM code of professional conduct. Alistair’s input has been formidable and broad as he is passionate about driving the profession of project management forward for the benefit of society and all project professionals.

Philip Isgar

141105-pmwj29-honorary-ISGARDuring the last 20 years Philip has made a tremendous contribution to the project management profession both through his professional career and his work with various institutions. He has worked as project director for Railtrack in the Major Projects Division where he led a team of over 1,000 staff in moving the project management environment across from British Rail. and NVQ’s in project management, for which he received awards for his efforts.

Recently, Philip completed a three year tenure as a member of the board of the Major Projects Association and was chair of its programme committee. During his 25 year association with MPA Philip has been involved with numerous successful events and has an impressive list of papers, presentations and publications to his name.

In addition to being an external advisor to the Masters course in infrastructure at Lancaster University Philip has represented Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on many committees whilst supporting the Construction Industry Council.

With a professional career spanning four decades within the nuclear and infrastructure sectors Philip is currently in developing a BIM and Data Management Strategy with the Cabinet Office, BIS and DECC.

Bob Laslett

141105-pmwj29-honorary-LASLETTBob Laslett, chairman and global CEO of the Chaucer Group, join a long list of esteemed names for their significant contributions to the profession. Bob, an inaugural member of APM in 1972, has been a major contributor to the association and his actions have made a significant contribution to the standing of the profession.

His work contributed to Programmes for Network Analysis, where he drew the critical path networks used for testing programmes – the first piece of work of its kind. He formed the APM Kent branch in 1987 and went on to serve as part-time marketing director for the association in the 1990s becoming APM’s first director-level member of staff.

In his professional career Bob has been involved with the project management of major projects for over 40 years and has been a strong advocate for the value of professional project management. His experience ranges from complex oil and gas production installations across the world to everyday business management projects concerned with performance and continuous improvement.

Geoff Lowe

141105-pmwj29-honorary-LOWEAnother ambassador for driving forward the capability of project management in the nuclear industry is Geoff Lowe. As a member of the leadership team for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, Geoff set the standards and processes within the Sellafield site, helping the organisation to develop their project management capability and community of project professionals.

The Sellafield site alone spends approximately £1.7bn a year and so his influence on capability development has had a major influence on the outcome of projects.

As well as a long-time supporter of the profession Geoff has devoted a lot of his time to APM. He has served as a board member of APM and has also sat on the Audit, Risk and Strategic Policy Committees. During this time Geoff was closely involved in the creation of APM’s Strategy 2020.

He is a long-time member of the APM North West Branch and has acted an ambassador to ICE to ensure that synergies between the two organisations were maximised. Geoff is currently the managing director of Chartwells Consulting, which offers project and strategic consultancy to a wide range of clients.

Peter Simon

141105-pmwj29-honorary-SIMONIncreasing levels of project management professionalism is an ideal that Peter Simon also contributes greatly to through his work for APM. He worked as project manager for APM on a revised edition of the Body of Knowledge.

Peter is a co-developer of APM’s entry-level qualification; Introductory Certificate, which is now referred to as the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification. He also worked on the development of APM’s Practitioner Qualification designed to determine project management capability via a competence-based assessment.

He has also worked on revisions to APMP, now named the APM Project Management Qualification, and on the development of the Single Subject Certificate in Project Risk Management. Along with being chairman of the APM Risk SIG for four years Peter was an elected member of the association’s Council from 1998 to 2001 and is a former member of APM’s Board of Trustees.

Peter has 30 years of experience as a project management consultant and practitioner across all industries and business sectors. He has written many published papers on subjects including risk management, resource management and satisfying the client’s requirements, and was managing editor of the APM Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide (PRAM).

Peter continues his work to develop project management capability through practical development workshops for a range of companies and has built a professional reputation as a particularly knowledgeable and skilled advisor and trainer.

Hugh Sumner

141105-pmwj29-honorary-SUMNERFormer director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority Hugh is not only a great ambassador for the project management profession; he is also very well respected within the transport industry. Hugh has successfully delivered some of the most high profile infrastructure and operational programmes the country has seen.

In his role at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Hugh was responsible from transforming Games-time transport from being one of the biggest risks to London 2012 into its greatest success, which led to it as being hailed as “the best public transport Games ever”.

Hugh was instrumental in winning the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic bid by showing the International Olympic Committee what could be achieved by providing creative alternatives using existing systems. For instance, the high-speed ‘Javelin’ shuttle service from Kings Cross could reach the heart of the Games in just seven minutes.

Reporting to two Secretaries of State the transport infrastructure for London 2012 was delivered two years early, which meant Hugh could return £100m of his £1bn budget to HM Treasury. Prior to working at the ODA Hugh was managing director of Infraco Sub-Surface Ltd where he was responsible for the maintenance, renewal and upgrade of the London Underground sub-surface lines.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 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.”   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

Editor’s note: We at PM World congratulate these individuals on their APM honorary Fellowships. Professors Denise Bower and Lynn Crawford are also academic advisors for the PM World Journal, joining the managing editor and several other PMWJ advisors to be so honored by APM.