London 13 January 2020 – Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has today announced the keynote speakers for its annual Power of Projects Conferences 2020, which will take in place in Edinburgh (Tuesday 17 March), London (Thursday 21 May) and Manchester (Wednesday 24 June).
Each conference will cover topics that are of importance to project professionals, as well as inspirational stories and ground-breaking projects that make real impact to society, showcased alongside practical project management tools and valuable tips for career development.
The keynote speakers for Power of Projects 2020 include Dr Suzie Imber, associate professor at the University of Leicester, Richard Threlfall, global head of infrastructure at KPMG and Nick Smallwood, chief executive officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and head of government’s Project Delivery Function.
Power of Projects 2020 – Edinburgh
Dr Suzie Imber is an associate professor at the University of Leicester, specializing in studying the environments of the planets in our solar system. Suzie was the winner of BBC Two’s television programme ‘Astronauts, Do You Have What It Takes?’, in which contestants underwent an astronaut selection process. As well as her academic work, she undertakes public education programs to increase understanding of science and travels to some of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Suzie is also a high-altitude mountaineer, having climbed in Alaska, the Himalayas, and the Andes.
With a fantastically diverse range of experiences to draw from, Dr. Suzie Imber will make the link from space, satellites, and science to planning, risk and project management. She’ll inspire delegates with stories of being involved in some of the most ground-breaking projects and pass on her own lessons learned about leadership, communication and calmness under pressure – which project professionals can all relate to.
Other speakers at the Edinburgh conference will include David Hamilton, trustee for Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Neil Crewdson, head of project management at Sellafield Ltd.
Power of Projects 2020 – London
Nick Smallwood is the chief executive officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and head of government’s Project Delivery Function. Nick is the former vice president for projects engineering and chief projects engineer at Shell, where he was responsible for managing complex project portfolios and developing Shell’s Global Project Academy.
Nick will be able to provide insight into IPA’s future plans and priorities, giving project professionals a valuable impression of what may be coming down the road in the UK project environment.
Power of Projects 2020 – Manchester
Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy, and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas.
Richard began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. He was private secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister. He subsequently moved to the Infrastructure Advisory team at Citigroup before joining KPMG, where he led the UK Infrastructure, Building, and Construction sector until 2018. Richard’s clients include national and local infrastructure and transport authorities, private infrastructure owners and promoters of infrastructure schemes. He has advised on the governance and financing of some of the worlds’ most complex civil engineering projects.
Richard has a great insight into the infrastructure environment and how this, within a project management context, may evolve and develop in the future. Richard also has an interest in supporting the impending mobility revolution, particularly the role of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and mobility as a service in maximizing social and environmental benefits.
Hilary Trahair, events manager at APM, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming such prominent keynote speakers to our conferences this year, who will no doubt have some fascinating and inspirational stories to share with the audience.”
The Power of Projects Conference in Edinburgh will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Tuesday 17 March, sponsored this year by Leidos and 20/20 Project Management.
The Power of Projects Conference in London takes place on Thursday 21 May at the Royal Lancaster Hotel London, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions.
The Power of Projects Conference in Manchester takes place on Wednesday 24 June at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions.