Douglas Oakervee to Keynote APM Annual Conference


Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK 

3 March 2013 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national project management body, has announced the first keynote speaker for their annual conference, scheduled for 13 June 2013 in London.  Doug Oakervee CBE, Chairman of the highly publicised and debated rail network High Speed 2 (HS2) has been confirmed as the first speaker at the conference. 

douglas-oakerveeDouglas Oakervee (pictured) has had a distinguished career as a civil engineer with vast experience of delivering major projects. Douglas was chief tunnel engineer of the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Authority. Subsequently he was senior resident engineer and later construction manager for the tunneled sections of the Railway in North Kowloon and the Tsuen Wan Extension.  He then set up his own company, undertaking the Tai Po Gas Reforming Works, the Eastern Harbour Crossing and the Kwun Tong By-pass in Hong Kong. In 1991 he was appointed to the Hong Kong Airport Authority as project director for the new Hong KongInternationalAirport.

In 2004 he became Director of P&O’s LondonGatewayPort and in 2005 executive chairman of Crossrail Ltd, until his retirement in 2009. In the same year he was appointed chairman of Laing O’Rourke Construction (Hong Kong) Ltd.  In 2003 he was installed as The Institution of Civil Engineers’ 139th president and was awarded the Institution’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2008. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 and the CBE in 2010.  In March 2012, Douglas was appointed as Chairman for High Speed 2.  

To again be chaired by Prof. Darren Dalcher, APM’s annual conference will allow APM members and the public to meet, share experiences and hear from industry and professional leaders.  Early bird pricing is available for booking until 31 March 2013.  Info at http://www.apm.org.uk/event/apm-project-management-conference-2013.

What now for project management? That’s the question being asked at the APM Project Management Conference 2013. The conference, called simply Adapt! reflects on 2012 as the coming of age year for project management and asks; what now?

Last year the profession saw the successful delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Games; the completion of Europe’s tallest building, the Shard; the successful testing of Europe’s largest hybrid for the world’s first 1000 mph car, Bloodhound; the start of tunnelling for Crossrail; introduction of the 4G telecommunication network in the UK; and completion of the TV Digital switchover programme. All significant projects, with a global impact, delivered largely by British project professionals.

And so to 2013; what now? The APM Project Management Conference 2013 will call on the profession to adapt its thinking to address the growing expectations of society. A society that has a growing intolerance to failure and that expects a world in which all projects succeed.  Adapt! will focus on themes of flexibility, resilience and evolution. Themes that reflect the new benchmarks that 2012 set, the growing demands of customers and the “more for less” culture which is challenging how we think and act.

The event this year moves to the award winning King’s Place Conference Centre, the home of the Guardian newspaper and Network Rail and within walking distance of London’s King’s Cross Station. Building on the success of 2012, where 94% of attendees said they would look to attend in 2013 and with delegates describing the conference as “a source of inspiration, innovation and new ideas”, it will feature an expanded capacity exhibition.

The APM Project Management Conference has a reputation for agenda setting content featuring some of the UK’s most innovative and groundbreaking projects.  To see interviews with speakers from last year’s conference, go to http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL94C4508A65E5FA48.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,500 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