Miles Shepherd awarded prestigious APM President’s Medal



7 November 2014 – London, UK – At the prestigious and elegant APM Awards evening on 3rd November at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London in front of a packed, enthusiastic audience Miles Shepherd was presented with the APM President’s Medal.

141107-pmwj29-shepherd-IMAGE1Tom Taylor the current President of APM explained: “In the wider circles of project management and even within the APM community it is possible that not everyone is aware of the APM President’s Medal. This is because it is quite rare.  The award is wholly in the gift of the APM President – currently that’s me- and it is for outstanding achievements and contributions across the profession and within the community.”

Photo: Miles Shepherd (left) and APM President Tom Taylor at APM awards ceremony in London on 3 November. Photo courtesy of APM.

“It is so rare – and therefor very valuable – that this is only the third time that it has been awarded in twelve years.” Tom continued. “Dr Martin Barnes our previous President awarded the Medal just to Howard Shiplee and to myself.

Really it all comes down to the APM President realising ‘Absolutely! This person deserves a medal for their efforts and achievements. And it should be a President’s Medal.’

In this case, this year, this time the candidate has many appropriate positive attributes and achievements – such as in their diverse, demanding projects; in academia; in international circles; as a reporter and media correspondent; as a previous Chairman of APM and active member of APM and the global project management community  – you get the idea.”

In this case what tipped the balance was the realisation of their being actively involved with the International Project Management Association – or I.P.M.A. or ipma – for twenty years. Yes twenty years! Continuously!  This has covered many roles including APM representative, President of the whole of IPMA, Chairman of the Council of Delegates, board member, committee member, panel member, event organiser, political operator – again you get the idea – I could go on. He is a full participant and chairman of an ISO Committee for P3M – with all the cultural, technical and diplomatic aspects one might expect of such situations.”

If you know anything about international, multi-cultural situations – in the last twenty years – related to project management or anything else – well twenty years can be a very, very long time.”

But his IPMA involvement is over – he has escaped – he has served his time and been released. (I expect he may be back inside in some capacity fairly soon, or at some point, in some way!)”

141107-pmwj29-shepherd-IMAGE2So for many reasons and features – including application, tenacity, patience and firmness – but particularly for twenty years with IPMA – I think this man deserves a medal – and I think, and I think you will agree with me, it should a President’s Medal – for Miles Shepherd. Well done Miles! Thank you!”

Just to be clear this is not some kind of (end of) lifetime achievement award – as may be seen from observing ALL the previous recipients. Just to be clear!”

Photo: Miles Shepherd back stage after the APM awards dinner in London on 3 November 2014. Photo courtesy of APM

On receiving this award Miles was heard to say:  “This is all very unexpected and I am speechless with delight”.

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 Miles Shepherd on his receipt of the prestigious APM president’s medal. As an executive advisor and international correspondent for this journal, Miles continues to contribute to the global project management professional world in significant way. To see his PMWJ bio, click here. To read some of Miles recent reports in the PM World Library, click here.