“Undercover Economist” for Financial Times to speak at APM Conference in June


Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK 

3 April 2013 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that the award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Tim Harford, will be speaking at the APM Project Management Conference on Thursday 13th June 2013. Tim will be joined in the line-up by another award winner, Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sturgeon, who picked up the Programme of the Year Award at the 2011 APM Awards. Conference information can be found at http://www.apm.org.uk/Conference.

tim-harfordTim Harford (pictured right) is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His long-running column, “The Undercover Economist”, reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, while a new column, “Since You Asked”, offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.

Tim’s first book, “The Undercover Economist” has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. Among other titles Tim is the author of “Adapt“, which makes him the perfect choice to tackle the conference theme of the same name.

As a broadcaster, Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, most famously “More or Less” on Radio 4. His new Radio 4 series, which launched early in 2013, is called “Pop Up Economics“. He is an evangelist for the power of economics, wisely used, and has spoken at both TED and PopTech. Tim won the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006 with “More or Less” collecting awards from Mensa and HealthWatch.

Named one of the UK’s top 20 tweeters by The Independent, Tim has appeared on the Colbert Report, Newsnight, Marketplace, Planet Money, PM, Today, The One Show and many other popular radio and TV programs. His writing has been published by the leading magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including Esquire, Forbes, Wired, New York Magazine, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Joining Tim in the conference programme is award-winning programme manager Lt Col Martin Sturgeon. Martin initiated, designed and managed the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Afghan National Security Forces Transformation Programme in Helmand Province, for which he subsequently won the APM Programme of the Year Award in 2011 and featured in a video case study.

Martin is an officer in the Royal Engineers with much of his early career spent at the practical end of project delivery in the Gulf, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Now working on the Materiel Strategy at MOD Abbey Wood, Martin’s more recent work has been focused at the programme and portfolio level.  He led the review of the SRO Role in Defence, where he advocated the formalised application of portfolio management in the MOD. He then led the resulting ‘P3M Workstream’ within the Defence Reform Programme, developing a portfolio management model for defence. The significance of his work was recognised in 2012, with his appointment as a ‘World Fellow’ of Yale University.

Impressive speaker line-up

Tim and Martin add to the already impressive speaker line-up that includes HS2 Ltd chairman Doug Oakervee CBE, Shard project director Robert Deatker and National Audit Office director Tim Banfield.

Taking place at Kings Place in London (http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/about-kings-place/your-visit/travelling-to-kings-place) the conference theme of Adapt! will reflect on 2012 as the coming of age year for project management and asks; what now? The APM Conference will call on the profession to adapt its thinking to address the growing expectations of society. A society with a growing intolerance to failure and that expects a world in which all projects succeed.

Adapt! will focus on flexibility, resilience and evolution. Topics 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 programme, created again by conference chairman Professor Darren Dalcher, will build on the conference’s reputation for attracting some of the world’s most influential and thought provoking speakers including Sir Peter Gershon, Prof. Eddie Obeng, Dr. Edward Hoffman, Richard Noble OBE and Jeremy Beeton.

To see why the APM Project Management Conference has a long-held reputation for agenda setting content featuring the country’s most innovative and groundbreaking projects watch interviews with speakers from last year’s conference including Virgin Galactic, London 2012, NASA and Crossrail at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL94C4508A65E5FA48.

For more about the APM 2012 conference, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/Conference or to register: http://www.apm.org.uk/event/apm-project-management-conference-2013.

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