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UK Project Management Round Up

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK


This Month

This month comes news of project management awards, yet more about the rail industry in UK and even more about the power industry.

Award Season

Autumn seems to be the main time of the year for Awards, certainly in the PM world where the International Project Management Association (IPMA) have just handed out their Project Excellence Award at their World Congress in Panama. IPMA also recognized the contribution of APM President Tom Taylor which has included dynamic performances as Master of Ceremonies at many World Congresses as well as technical and organizational input to help IPMA to its current position in the world of PM.


Photo: Stacy Goff, Roberto Mori, Tom Taylor

Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, the Australian Institute of Project Management held their annual Achievement Awards last month and now, APM has celebrated their Awards night at the Hilton in London’s Park Lane. Full details of the spectacular night are available at https://www.apm.org.uk/Winners .

Also announced were five new Honorary Fellows, Mary McKinlay, lately APM Board Member and IPMA Vice President; Peter Horsted, head of controls at Royal Mail; Mark Thurston of CH2M; Air Vice Marshal Julian Young, Royal Air Force and head of the Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Supply organisation; and Simon Henley, late Royal Navy and International Centre for Complex Project Management. All are outstanding ambassadors for project management and have made significant contributions to the profession. See https://www.apm.org.uk/ for full details of these inspiring new APM Fellows.

Visitors to Britain will know we have variable weather and that at this time of the year, Europe is often cut off and so it proved this week when IPMA President Reinhard Wagner was marooned in Germany when he should have been in London to collect the Sir Monty Finniston Award on behalf of IPMA. Mary McKinlay did the honours in his absence.


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About the Author

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Salisbury, UK



Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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