Denise Bower, PhD

 Academic Editorial Advisor                                           

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Director, Engineering Project Academy
University of Leeds

Leeds, UK 

Denise Bower
is the Director of the Engineering Project Academy (EPA) and Professor of Engineering Project Management at the University of Leeds. The EPA strives to lead sectoral change by developing excellence in the people and organisations that deliver engineering projects.  Denise is also Executive Director of the Major Projects Association (MPA).  The purpose of the MPA is to improve the initiation and delivery of major projects through the interaction of members from all sectors in sharing experience, knowledge and ideas.

Denise is a member of the Board of NSARE, a member of the IUK Client Working Group, Chair of the Capacity Building Panel and member of the Infrastructure State of the Nation Scorecard Panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers.  She is an Executive Member of the Engineering Professors’ Council. Denise is a judge for the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize 2014 which is the second largest economics prize after the Nobel Prize and she was a member of Construction Industry Strategy Advisory Council that wrote Construction 2025 (an industrial strategy for the construction sector.)

Prof Bower has worked in collaboration with IUK to develop an “Infrastructure Routemap” (Routemap) to enable more informed project and programme initiation and delivery decisions. It is aimed primarily at the sponsor and client organisations that deliver major projects and programmes, long term capital investment plans and publicly procured mega-projects. Application of the Routemap on projects such as Crossrail, the Environment Agency’s Thames Estuary project, HS2, London Underground’s Station Stabilisation Programme, Network Rail’s ETCS programme, Surrey County Council’s highways maintenance programme  and Anglian Water’s AMP6 infrastructure investment strategy have demonstrated the potential for significant savings. The same principles have been successfully applied to the NHS Integrated Digital Records Programme.

Denise Bower has a PhD, Civil Engineering/Project Management, UMIST, is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.  Based on her expertise in learning and teaching, she was recognized in 2009 with a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

More about the Engineering Project Academy at the University of Leeds can be found at http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/engineering-project-academy/. More about the Major Projects Association is at http://www.majorprojects.org/.