Nigel joined WSP CEL in 2008 from GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Vice President of Engineering. He is a well-known figure in the pharmaceutical industry. Nigel has over 20 years of experience in the global projects delivery business, either through direct project responsibility or running a large portfolio of projects via the leadership of a multi-discipline project management group.
Professor Denise Bower
Denise Bower is the Director of the Engineering Project Academy at the University of Leeds. The Academy strives to lead sectoral change by developing excellence in the people and organisations that deliver engineering projects. This is achieved through a combination of enhanced individual capability and increased organisational capacity for engineering project management. Denise 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 also has expertise in the articulation and development of project management and intelligent client competency. A recent commission from the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (DfT) has highlighted the challenges faced by Local Authorities due to the changing nature of their delivery environment.
Denise has led a well established MSc programme in Engineering Project Management for a number of years and her expertise in learning and teaching was recognised in 2009 by the award of a National Teaching Fellowship. She has very strong links across the academic community collaborating on teaching and research activities. She has published widely in academic journals and authored and co-authored key text books on the subject of engineering project management.
Tel: 0113 343 2271
Professor Naomi Brookes
Knowledge Creation Theme Leader
Naomi Brookes holds a Chair in Complex Project Management in the School of Civil Engineering in the University of Leeds. Naomi has spent her career dealing with complex engineering projects both as a practitioner and an academic. Naomi graduated from the University Of Nottingham with a first class honours degree in Production Engineering and Management. Naomi began her working career in the aerospace industry working on new product development project management with Rolls-Royce. Whilst working with Rolls-Royce, she took the unusual step of taking a PhD part-time with Imperial College. This ignited her love for research in engineering management and she has now worked in both engineering faculties and business schools in pursuit of this aim. She has maintained strong industrial links holding positions as the Director of the Centre for Project Management Practice at Aston University and the Director of the European Construction Institute at Loughborough University. Naomi has over seventy publications in the field of engineering project management and has initiated and delivered research grants from a wide range of funding organisations.
Tel: 0113 343 2241
Gabriele Burian is a Director of Kingsfield Consulting International and is heading Kingsfield Academy, the training and development division which she initiated in 2003 to serve Kingsfield’s engineering and construction clients. She is an experienced facilitator, change consultant and learning & development practitioner with special interests in leadership, cross-cultural teams, alignment, project management development and the use of technology in learning. Her consulting and L&D practice has a solid foundation in management and field experience with several years spent on construction projects. Gabriele holds a degree in psychology, a MSc in organisational change management and a PG Diploma in elearning. She is an Austrian national with German mother tongue.
Mike has been working at ICE for over 30 years, providing information on civil engineering through the Institution’s Library and Information services of which he has been head for over 20 years. Since early in 2010 Mike has taken a broader responsibility for Knowledge Transfer as Director Engineering Policy and Innovation. In that role he is leading knowledge transfer across the Institution, managing the Policy, Innovation, Associated Societies’ and Management Procurement and Law teams in their development of the ICE’s Learned Society programme. Mike’s current external appointments include acting as an adviser to the University of Leuven project on “Engineering a New World. The Role of Engineers in Modern Society, 1815 – c. 1890”, and membership of English Heritage’s Industrial Archaeology Panel.
Charly Clark is an experienced civil engineer with over 40 years in the Contracting Industry.As a Project Director for Costain Group PLC, he combines international and national work on a variety of different types of major projects and was named as Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2004. His experience within the UK and internationally includes bringing together multi-cultural teams that have not previously worked together to create single successful project delivery teams whilst being cognisant of local cultural differences. Diverse experience gained on a variety of projects has provided Charly with the facility to transfer seamlessly across differing disciplines whilst carrying forward a full appreciation of the non-construction elements of major projects. He has exceptional skills at managing integrated joint ventures where the requirement is to establish unified teams from diverse cultural input.
Professor Chris Clegg
Building Systemic Capacity Theme Leader
Chris Clegg has worked at the University of Leeds since 2006, where he is Professor of Organizational Psychology. He has been a Co -Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Partnership for Design since 1998. He is Chairman of the Socio-technical Group of the British Computer Society. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Information Technology Practitioner. Chris's research interests are in the areas of modelling and simulation, new technology, work organization, information and control systems, socio-technical thinking, new management practices, the management of change, and the design of new buildings and facilities.
Tel: 0113 343 6850
Rob Coulthard is the Managing Director of Judgement Index UK Ltd. He is an experienced leadership consultant, trainer and coach. He founded Performance Coaching and Leadership having previously served a full (colourful) military career. He was introduced to the ‘Judgement Index’ in the USA and has since founded Judgement Index UK Ltd in tandem with his USA business associates. Rob and his team of specialist consultants and trainers deliver high performance workshops and seminars within a variety of environments, including Military, Corporate, Sport and Performing Arts.
Lynn Crawford maintains active involvement in project management practice, education, and research at a global level and as a Director of Human Systems International Limited works with leading corporations that are developing organizational project management competence by sharing and developing knowledge and best practices as members of a global system of project management knowledge networks. Ongoing research includes project and program management competence, organizational project management capability, management of business change, differences in project management practices across project types and industries and participatory project management for disaster resilience. Lynn provided the Australian contribution to an internationally conducted project on the Value of Project Management, focusing on governance in the public sector. Results of other completed research projects have been published as Project Categorization Systems: Aligning Capability with Strategy for Better Results, Situational Sponsorship of Projects and Programs: An Empirical Review; and Exploring the Complexity of Projects: Implications of Complexity Theory for Project Management Practice. Professor Crawford has been actively engaged in the development of global standards for project management since the late 1990’s and has been instrumental in the formation of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS). She was recipient of the 2011 IPMA Research Achievement Award, is an Honorary Member of IPMA, a Life Fellow of AIPM and Co-Vice-Chair of the Global Accreditation Center for project management academic programs.
Helen Donlan is an experienced programme and project manager with more than 20 years experience of managing and delivering major change initiatives in the public sector, including being project director for a major PFI and PPP. She worked for the Office of Government Commerce, where she was Head of Programme and Project Management for their consultancy arm. In addition to developing guidance on governance she provided support and advice to government departments on many of the most high value and highly visible business change programmes. In recent years she has worked for the Health Gateway Hub as a Gateway Project Director developing and managing Gateway Reviews in the Health sector in England and Wales. She is a high-risk Gateway review team leader with experience of reviewing more than 70 programmes and projects. She has also developed awareness, education and training in programme and project management for NHS CEOs and senior responsible owners. She has a particular interest in benefits management and has worked with the University of Salford in developing a benefits management system.
David Edwards is the Chief Executive of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) which is dedicated to the professional, technical and craft skills needed for successful engineering project delivery. Working closely with engineering and contracting businesses the ECITB supports postgraduate, re-skilling and apprenticeship programmes for the people needed to deliver complex projects in nuclear and conventional power, oil and gas production, refining, chemicals and a wealth of other processing industries. Virtually his whole career has been associated with the different aspects of engineering project delivery including his formative career with BP, secondments to the DTI, working with the engineering institutions and with the ECITB for the last 12 years.
Shane Forth is Leader of AMEC's Global Planning and Scheduling functional team and a member of its Global Project Controls and Services functional team, with an influential role in key strategic and business improvement initiatives and developments across the business. He has 36 years Project Management and Controls experience in engineering and construction, including 20 as Corporate Head of Project Controls. Operational responsibilities include roll out and implementation of integrated project management systems (processes and applications), governance reviews, peer reviews and audits of projects and programs. During AMEC’s Operational Excellence program, he led a successful model office project to configure Primavera P6 and develop work instruction as a global enterprise solution. He is Lead Project Controls presenter for AMEC’s Project Management Academy. A Fellow of APM and Fellow (and Vice-President) of ACostE, Shane also chairs the BCECA Project Control Managers Committee. Working with various outside bodies and employers nationally, he has been pivotal in development of project controls apprenticeship, graduate and tiered accreditation programs. He was honored by the ECITB in April 2012, winning a national award for individual leadership and significant contribution to training and development.
Tony Francis has a long and distinguished track record working in the transport industry, both in the private and public sectors, along with a comprehensive knowledge of the rail, bus, light rail/urban transit and aviation sectors. He has also worked in both local and central government, on a variety of transport related issues. He joined Bircham Dyson Bell from the Rail Division of the Department for Transport, where he had responsibility for the delivery of specific major rail schemes, including the rebuilding of Birmingham New Street Station, along with many aspects of the modernisation of the West Coast and Great Western Main Lines, including the Reading Station upgrade.
Lorraine Gregory is the Education and Careers Adviser for CITB-ConstructionSkills for the West Midlands, Cheshire and Warrington. Lorraine’s role at CITB-ConstructionSkills involves project managing a number of Education and Business initiatives to encourage young people to consider the Construction Industry as a possible career as well as encouraging businesses to provide educational and training opportunities for young people. She is currently on secondment to the Sector Sector Strategy Manager Career role, focusing on a number of projects to provide informative, accurate and accessible IAG for the Construction and Built Environment Sector.
Developing Individual Capability Theme Leader
Nancy Madter M.Sc. (Eng) is the Individual Capability Theme Leader with the Engineering Project Academy with responsibilities for project management and multi-project management research and competency development consultation. Recent research has focused on understanding the differing skills requirements at project, programme and portfolio level and linking behavioural assessment to competency identification, performance, job satisfaction and succession planning. Current work includes capability modelling for innovation professionals and the profiling the competencies required by intelligent public sector clients for the management of major infrastructure.
Tel: 0113 343 2241
Peter McDermott is a specialist in construction procurement. From the academic base at the University of Salford he manages research contracts and doctoral studies concerning, inter alia, strategic procurement, impact of newer forms of procurement on the construction supply chains, and construction industry development. He is also Head of Professional Standards and Knowledge at the Association for Project Management.
Brought up in Zimbabwe before joining the British Army, Ian's experience includes service with commando and airborne forces, peacekeeping operations in Northern Ireland, leading the British Forces in Kuwait during the immediate aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, helping to coordinate nation-building operations in Bosnia and leading the Royal Engineers as their professional head. He was awarded the CBE and the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service. After leaving the Army as a Brigadier in 2001, he worked in the construction industry and led two national youth charities before focusing on performance and executive coaching. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as well as being a qualified coach.
Andrew Mitchell is Programme Director at Crossrail. He has managed a number of high profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas. After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France, South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail he joined Network Rail in 2001. As Project Director for Network Rail's Southern Power Upgrade project, he successfully delivered the scheme £300m under budget. Most recently he has been Senior Programme Director of Network Rail's £5.5bn Thameslink Programme, where he led the team that secured the necessary funding and consents. Andrew is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Nicola Morrey has been Head of Business Systems at Shepherd Group Built Environment since 2010 and is responsible for leading organisational change, based on lean principles, and driving innovation, best practice sharing and continuous improvement. This includes the maintenance and continuous improvement of the Company's processes and ways of working to enable business performance and maintenance of ISO accreditations. She is also a Research Engineer at Loughborough University undertaking an Engineering Doctorate in implementing organisational change based on lean principles.
Neil Munro is a project management professional of international standing with long and varied experience within large and small companies. Formally qualified as a civil engineer he has broad experience in building and civil engineering but since 1973 he has become a leading professional property developer and consultant having managed some 2,000 projects and is currently Chairman and Managing Director of Neil Monro Associates.
John Oliver was appointed to his current role as Head of Project Management with BG Group in June 2009. He joined them from the airport operator BAA where he was one of the Project Leaders for Terminal 5 at Heathrow. During his 25 year career he has delivered major projects in a variety of sectors and has worked for BP, Dynegy and Enron. He has been involved in the origination, development, delivery and assessment of capital projects. John is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Energy Institute. In 2009 he was made a member of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a City of London Livery Company, and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Nick Pollard is an experienced senior Executive: a former CEO and COO, who has established and run businesses in UK, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. He founded and runs Xanadu Associates Ltd. providing expertise and management consultancy to industry and governments for company and project turnarounds. His experience includes the development, funding, construction and operations of major capital programmes in the civil engineering, utility network and transport sectors. Nick was appointed as Independent Investment Programme Advisor to TfL, reviewing the performance of capital and maintenance programmes, projects and governance, reporting formally on TfL's performance to the London Mayor and the UK Secretary of State for Transport. He previously held the position of CEO at Bovis Lend Lease UK, successfully leading business turnaround, delivering complex projects including PFI schemes and the position of Director at Railtrack/Network Rail, responsible for the efficient safe operations, maintenance, and capital works across >3000 miles of network; improving efficiency of the £20bn. enhancement programme. He has served on the Innovation, Growth and Technology (IGT) group for Low-Carbon Construction, the CBI Construction Council and chaired its Climate Change subgroup, the London First Infrastructure Commission, the Ministry of Justice Employer’s Forum (Chair) and the Innovative Construction Research Council at Reading University. He was also Chair of the Climate Change subgroup. Most recently Nick was Chair of the Cabinet Office Procurement Task Group for Construction.
Engineering Project Academy Member
Rachel is an Associate of Ove Arup and Partners. She has worked within the geotechnics and water businesses in Arup for a number of years and, until recently, led the ‘Rivers, Coasts and Infrastructure’ team in Leeds office, UK. Her background is in the application of engineering geological skills to asset investigation and risk evaluation. Her experience encompasses dams and reservoirs, aqueducts, flood defence schemes, railways and highways. She has managed numerous multi-disciplinary projects, commonly involving geotechnics, civil and structural engineering, hydrology and environmental assessment. She has worked closely with Network Rail and the Highways Agency on the management of embankments, cuttings and tunnels and has advised on dam and reservoir projects across the UK and in Greece, Trinidad, Mauritius and the Philippines. In recent years she has worked with the Environment Agency of England and Wales to deliver their research and development strategy for reservoir safety. She led the geotechnical input on the rehabilitation works at Ulley dam from its near failure in 2007 to completion in 2011. Rachel has developed a keen interest in resilience at city scale.
Engineering Project Academy Member
David Tyerman is managing director of Athena Project Services. His primary professional experience has been gained in planning, risk analysis, project controls and associated business development activities across the full project life-cycle within the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and construction industries. Having been engaged with the project control disciplines across a number of industry sectors he has also engaged with the development of ‘front-end’ systems consultancy which involves providing advice and the establishment of project control techniques.
Adrian Wallis is the Managing Director of Strategic Projects and Engineering Solutions Ltd. The company is founded on Adrian’s experience of over 33 years in the Pharma, Chemicals and Nuclear Industry where he has been responsible for all aspects of Engineering and Manufacturing. He started his career at ICI and BFNL and went on to spend nearly 20 years at Novartis, during this time he has held a variety of Senior Management roles including Engineering, Manufacturing, Investment and Project management within Pharma, Vaccines and OTC businesses. During the last 10 years he has been responsible for over 1.5 bn $ of investment across Europe and Successfully delivered site wide Change Management Projects/programmes for a variety of Manufacturing sites and facilities as Project and Programme Director. Adrian is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Association of Project Managers and Founder of Humberside Client/Contractor Training Association.
Beth West is Commercial Director at HS2 Ltd. She was appointed in 2012 from Thames Water where she was Head of Commercial for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. She started her career on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, working for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representative. She then went on to work for eight years as a project finance banker in New York and London for Société Générale and Credit Suisse, covering the power and oil & gas sectors. In 2005 she joined London Underground as the Head of Commercial Advisory and Risk and in 2009 became Head of Commercial Procurement. With responsibility for delivering improved commercial capability for the business she led the refinancing of Tube Lines’ debt package and in 2011 was appointed Commercial Director at Tube Lines.