Learning & Professional Development

MM_0013Delivered by leading trainers, coaches and professional development specialists this Zone will focus on the various opportunities and training initiatives available to PM professionals to enable them to advance their careers.

All attendees are eligible to attend these FREE presentation sessions which will be delivered from open zones within the exhibition hall.



Whether you are new to PRINCE2, or are looking at refreshing your knowledge, this presentation takes you through the PRINCE2 method in just 40 minutes. This presentation has a high level of content, delivered at a rapid pace. So prepare for a high level of knowledge transfer.

WARNING: PRINCE2 Supersonic is presented at the speed of sound. Grab a coffee, take your seat and don’t get left behind.

Speaker Bio

In recent years Agile Project Management has become an important part of many organisation’s Agile toolbox. The AgilePM qualification has become the benchmark against which ‘project style’ Agile is measured and is APMG’s fastest growing product.

This presentation will create a clear understanding of how Agile Project Management operates and how it relates to the other well-known frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban.

It will explain when to use it and when NOT to use it. It will look at the key areas you need to get right in order to maximise its potential and it will also identify the main risk areas that can make your life very difficult if you ignore them.

Above all, this presentation will look to explode the many myths surrounding the use of Agile in a project context and you may be very surprised by some of the things you will hear.

In today’s world you MUST know how to run projects that come in ‘on time’ without compromising the quality of what you are delivering.

Why not come along and find out more…?

Speaker Bio

Keith is the founder and director of agileKRC a company that has specialised in bringing the benefits of agile and lean to organisations since the late nineties.

Keith has over 30 years’ experience in I.T. and project management. He has been a PRINCE2® trainer is an accredited PRINCE2 practitioner. He is also an accredited DSDM Advanced Practitioner and Trainer and IAF Accredited Facilitator.

He has been the technical director of the DSDM Consortium and lead author for DSDM Atern, a project focussed agile framework, that is now more commonly known as AgilePM®. He also authored the book ‘Agile Project Management: Running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern’ and helped develop ‘Agile Project Management (AgilePM)’, the agile qualification from the APMG.

Keith was awarded the ‘Most Valuable Agile Player’ at the UK Agile Awards was selected by AXELOS to be the lead author for PRINCE2 Agile®.#

In 2016, he was selected to be the agile mentor for the update to PRINCE2, one of the world’s most popular project management methodologies

In this session Learning Tree Consultant John Moore will introduce you to the PRAXIS framework and the opportunity to fully optimise all aspects of project, programme and portfolio delivery with the free, community driven digital Praxis Framework.  Combining the four pillars of effective project delivery; Knowledge, Method, Competency and Capability – Praxis is the first framework to integrate projects, programmes and portfolios into a single digital guide.

By covering the full breadth of guidance needed for effective project management within a single framework – Praxis is the most efficient means of delivering projects and programmes.  What’s more PRAXIS certified training and Foundation and Practitioner level certification are available.

Speaker Bio

John has over 40 years of experience in designing and delivering IT solutions. Leveraging his industry and programme management experience, he is in an ideal position to compare and contrast the portfolio, programme and project methods and approaches that have been adopted and which are best fit for organisations in this fast paced ever changing digital world.

His career began as a programmer writing Telemetry control systems for the power industry, one of which controlled the hydro-electricity in New Zealand. Taking on the role of Lead Project Manager for a software development company introduced him to the commercial and local government sectors. Specializing in integrated systems the need for a solid project management approach was essential and tailoring PRINCE2 and PMI were the backbone of the end to end delivery.

Combining consultancy and training has led him to leading courses across the world in project management, program management and business analysis – this includes requirements, risk and change. Still retaining the IT skills has led to work in Business Intelligence – solutions from the original business idea through to delivery, deployment and benefits realization.

Extensive consultancy assignments for organisations such as the UN in New York and across Europe, the MOD, NATO as well as commercial organisations has given him a broad view of the business approach to delivery and the PRAXIS framework has become part of his extensive tool set.

Recent assignments has been mentoring, coaching and training for an investment bank. integrating the traditional approach with agile delivery.

With any spare time he has recently been exposed to golf and African drumming!

APM recently opened the register for applications to become a Chartered Project Professional. Find out about the development of the Chartered Standard, the benefits for the profession, for employers and for you as an individual.

Interested in applying to become a Chartered Project Professional? This session will also give an overview of the routes to achieving the Chartered Project Professional Standard and how to apply.

Speaker Bio

Gill joined APM in February 2005 and is the head of professional standards. Gill has significant experience in assessment, qualifications development and management and has led a number of successful projects and developments in this area. Gill’s recent successes include the development of the APM Chartered Project Professional standard, Level 4 and Level 6 Trailblazers in Project Management, Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management, Registered Project Professional standard and Competence Framework developments. Gill is also very involved internationally through work and developments with the International Project Management Association (IPMA)

Gill is a Fellow of APM, with a number of qualifications in project management, an honours degree in European Studies, a post graduate diploma in careers guidance and over 20 years’ experience in assessment, qualifications advice, development, management and project management.

In this session, Lindsay takes a look at the four different career levels of PMO professionals and the two different employment types – contract and permanent – to give insights and advice on advancing your PMO career. Regardless of where you are now in your career, this session should appeal to anyone currently working in the PMO field.

Join Lindsay as she shares what organisations are looking for in their PMO hires; the knowledge and experiences needed to carve out a long and fulfilling PMO career – and shares the practical steps you can take to advancing your PMO career – in both permanent and contracting roles.

Speaker Bio

Lindsay Scott is the co-director of PMO Learning, the training organisation focused on professional development for PMO professionals. She also runs PMO Flashmob. Prior to that she co-founded Arras People, the project management recruitment specialists. Previously she had a career as a PMO Manager within the private sector. www.pmolearning.co.uk


The session will begin with a brief look at how the role of Agile coach has changed over time as more and more people have become familiar with a more agile way of working. From there, we’ll discuss whether the role of a coach is still valid in an agile environment in 2018, followed by a solid coaching process to help attendees play the role of coach in their own agile project teams, regardless of how formal the coach role is.

Finally, there will be some take-away templates for people to action immediately back in the office.

Speaker Bio

After studying music, Neil Shorney realised he was never going to be the next Pavarotti, Nigel Kennedy or Brian May, so got a job business. Neil spent 2 years as an Energy Broker before moving into IT Sales before joining ESI International, the world’s largest Project Management training and consulting company.

Starting as a salesperson and quickly progressing to sales manager, Neil created an international team of 8 salespeople selling project management solutions across EMEA. A love of developing others prompted Neil to set up his own training and coaching business in 2011, which he ran part-time until 2017 when he left ESI to pursue a career as a sales, leadership and business skills trainer.

Neil has a passion for bringing different parts of a business together, particular sales and project management, through both training and coaching. He has trained professionals from SMEs up to the world’s largest corporations such as Shell, European Central Bank, HSBC and Novartis to help them become more successful through sales, leadership, coaching and communication skills.

This is a very exciting time for Project Management with the Chartership elevating us to be a profession in our own right. So, whether you are developing your own career or supporting the development of others, the question remains “How do practitioners develop their project management careers”?

This presentation will provide you with insight and experience including:

  • The qualifications on offer and what you should consider when choosing them
  • The skills and competencies required for moving from project to programme and then to portfolio roles
  • Competencies and experience needed for different types of project

Novare Consulting have supported many organisations to develop their own PPM functions and roles and have also helped to develop the careers of thousands of PPM professionals. We will use this experience to explain how to approach the development of your own and your organisation’s PPM career approaches.

Speaker Bio

Sian is a co-founder and Director of Novare Consulting, which for the last 15 years has specialised in providing project and programme management training and consultancy services to clients. Novare Consulting are accredited to deliver all of the main PPM qualifications and have an unrivalled service in providing bespoke training solutions which integrate with an organisation’s approaches and culture.

Sian started professional life in IT over 30 years ago and moved into project management as the profession grew.  Sian leads our training practice, working with clients to design training programmes that meet their needs. She also advises on the development of competence frameworks, PM career structures, coaching and mentoring.  Sian directs our delivery of various project management academies for clients including Siemens, Rolls Royce, Meggitt, Cobham and many more.

Sian is responsible for maintaining all our accreditations and has a close working relationship with the professional bodies particularly APM, AXELOS and APMG International whom she works with on qualifications and competence frameworks.  She is a MSP Practitioner and certified to deliver Myers-Briggs MBTI and Belbin assessments and training.  She will draw on this rich experience to explain how to develop your PPM careers in this year’s Project Challenge.


Chris is a co-founder and Director of Novare Consulting, which for the last 15 years has specialised in providing project and programme management training and consultancy services to clients. Novare Consulting are accredited to deliver all of the main PPM qualifications and have an unrivalled service in providing bespoke training solutions which integrate with an organisation’s approaches and culture.

Chris directs the consultancy practice in the organisation which has delivered many major programmes for a variety of clients through a strong team of capable consultants. We are also an AXELOS Accredited Consultancy Partner able to deliver P3M3 Assessments and advise on embedding PPM methods.

With over 30 years’ experience since becoming an accidental Project Manager, Chris has delivered projects and programmes as well as helping improve the PPM capabilities of clients including Siemens, Cobham, Meggitt, OFCOM and many more besides. He has spoken at over 30 conferences on PPM topics and has over 15 qualifications in accredited PPM topics – all of which he will draw on to deliver a thought provoking presentation.

In this session, John takes a look at the phases of the recruitment cycle and the impacts  they have on both  job seekers and those looking to hire. Some observers say that 2018 has seen the market move to a “Candidates Market” but what does that really mean and will it impact you?

Join John as he explores the language of the market and examines why the current market is confounding so many experts. He will also draw on data from the 2018 Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report to see its impact remuneration for practitioners working in both permanent and contracting roles.

John Thorpe is a director of Arras People, the Project Management Recruitment company and the author of the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report.

Speaker Bio

John Thorpe is the Founder and Managing Director of Arras People – the project management recruitment specialists.

Arras People represents the third phase of John’s career which has previously seen him work in the UK’s manufacturing sector and in the professional services sector for global blue chip organisations.

John is also the driving force behind the annual Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report which he manages and produces each year.

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Speaker Bio

David will talk about the evolution of the project management profession and the shift from 2nd career PMs to the current era where PMs are more frequently coming straight from education. He will talk about his own apprenticeship journey to his current role as head of project management at WYG which will be set against the more traditional academic route.

The session will then cover some of the benefits of modern apprenticeships from an employer’s perspective before one of his current apprentices provides a view of life as a PM apprentice. Finally, Dave will talk about some of the initiatives with WYG to allow their emerging talent to shape the future of the business before being available for a short Q&A session.

Speaker Bio

Having worked his way through the ranks at WYG, Dave leads WYG’s award winning project management team; a successful growing team with over 130 project managers across nine countries and a variety of sectors.

He is a professionally qualified project manager (APM PMQ) & programme manager (MSP Practitioner), a full Member of Association for Project Management (MAPM) and an ex Chartered Engineer (MCIBSE).  He has recently joined the APM Wessex Branch Committee and is an Ambassador of the APM Education Group.

Dave has a wide range of experience working on projects within most sectors spanning a period of more than 25 years. Having commenced full time employment on his 16th birthday as an engineering apprentice at British Gas and subsequently as an employer of modern apprentices, David has first-hand experience of the benefits of today’s apprenticeships for both the employer and employee.

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