Risk Management: Past, Present and Future – all day Risk Management event in Reading on 18 October


29 June 2012 – Reading, UK – The APM Risk SIG will sponsor an all-day risk management learning event in Reading on Thursday, 18 October 2012.  The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is worth up to 7 hours for CPD credits for participants.

This big risk management event coincides with both the 40th birthday celebrations of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the release of the APM Risk SIG’s publication ‘Views from the chair’.  Some of the leading figures in risk management will look at the history of project risk management, where the project control discipline is at today and where it is perceived to be going tomorrow.

Several previous APM Risk SIG Chairmen, all internationally recognised risk management subject matter experts, have agreed to continue discussions from their contributions in the ‘Views from the chair’ publication and expand on their current thoughts on project risk management – and hopefully recount a little on their tenure at the helm of one of the APM’s largest and most popular specific interest groups.

As good risk management practice is all about forward thinking, in the afternoon the event will look to the future with contributions from the new generation of project management professionals, inviting the APM’s award winning young practitioners to suggest how they see project risk management developing further.

The event facilitator will align the discussions from the past Chairmen and the leading figures of tomorrow with actual significant events in the world of project management and discuss how these shaped project risk management as we know it and what we may expect in 2013 and beyond.  This event promises to be a thought provoking forum with inputs from the leading figures in today’s and tomorrow’s project risk management community.

Delegate objectives:

–       To gain an understanding of the origins of project risk management and if the original project control objectives are still valid across industry today

–       Develop and enhance wider perspectives in project risk management

–       Debate on where risk management is going forward in tomorrow’s project


Introduction: David West – APM Volunteers Manager, with responsibility for the development and operation of APM’s volunteer community and its activities, will discuss “The APM SIGs and the ‘Views from the chair’ publication”

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof. Chris Chapman – Professor of Management Science, University of Southampton; Senior Associate, The Nichols Group.  Chris was the founding chairman of the APM Risk SIG in 1986 and he remained in the chair until 1992. He is a consultant and academic focused on risk, opportunity and uncertainty management. Chris has extensive experience as a consultant with a wide range of organisations, mainly in the UK, Canada and the USA, but also in other European and South American countries. Appointed Professor of Management Science at Southampton in 1985, Emeritus Professor in 2004, he is now on a part-time university contract. Chris became a Senior Associate of The Nichols Group in 2004.

Keynote Speaker 2: Ken Newland: APM Risk SIG chairman between 1996 and 1997, Ken’s background is mainly in Defence, spending 23 years at Ferranti in electronic engineering, project management, quality assurance and business development.  A Fellow of the APM, Ken co-edited the first edition of the APM PRAM Guide and contributed to the second edition. He was also one of the authors of the “Interfacing Risk and EVM” Guide.

Keynote Speaker 3: Dr. David Hillson – Risk Doctor & Partners: Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr David Hillson is well-known internationally as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management. David is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), where he has contributed to the risk discipline over many years. He was Chairman of the APM Risk SIG from 1998-2000 and has edited three major guides for APM.  Dr Hillson is an active Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to contribute to its Risk Commission. He is also a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Group Debate : What are main lessons learnt from the last 25 years?

Keynote Speaker 4: Vicki Barlow, AgustaWestland: Reflections of a new risk manager.  A graduate in Business Management, Vicki has worked at AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer, for 10 years. During that time, she has gained experience in a variety of areas including Project Management, Commercial, Bids and Supply Chain Management.

Keynote Speaker 5: Will Sargeant, APM Young project manager of the year 2011/12 and Senior consultant at Qedis, and Simon Holden, Manager at Qedis and currently heading up a PMO team supporting the mayor IT and logistics projects at one of the nation’s largest retailers.

Topic: Turning risk management into playtime.

Conclusions: Peter Campbell – APM Risk SIG Chairman: Peter has been the longest-serving chairman of the APM Risk SIG. He was chairman from 2004-2011, and has recently resumed this role again in 2012. Peter is an active supporter of risk management in addition to his role with the Risk SIG, being a British Standards Institution Risk Management committee member and providing support to professional bodies and universities. Peter has been a contributing author for risk guides and standards such as BS31100, Integrating Risk and Earned Value Management, the Project Risk Analysis & Management Guide, Prioritising Project Risks, the APM Body of Knowledge and the Office of Government Commerce Management of Risk guidance. He will speak on how the APM Risk SIG is going to support project risk management in 2013 and beyond?

The event is priced at £72.00 for APM members and £87.00 for others.  For more about the event, to see speaker bios or to book a spot, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-risk-management-past-present-and-future.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 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