2019 Speakers

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Robert Joslin PhD, IPMO-M, IPMO-E, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CEng, MIEEE, MBCS, is a professor and head of the research advisory board at SBS Swiss Business School and the founder of AIPMO (Associational of International Project Management Officers.

Robert has considerable experience in designing, initiating and project/program management delivery of large-scale business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, strategy development including winning prizes for ideas and product innovation. Robert presents at conferences, publishes books, book chapters and research papers including winning the best research paper award at EURAM 2017. Robert is in the process of architecting and co-authoring AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge which comprises of several books in the area of PMOs and related topics. Previously, he has been a consultant in a wide range of industries including telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, government whilst working for McKinsey & Co, Logica and for his own consulting and product development companies.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/felipe-150.png” name=”FELIPE MATTEI” post=”Keynote – The PMO Hero – Storytelling in the age of AI” company=””]

What happens when you put a Creative to spend a decade consulting for various blue chip organisations managing AI & Data Analytics projects, and then get him lost completely alone in a forest, where he spends 3 days in a cave contemplating the meaning of life?

Meet Felipe Mattei, who founded Elliptic Data to help some of the world’s largest organisations transform themselves into purpose-led heroes through Data and Storytelling.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ralf-finchett.jpg” name=”RALF FINCHETT” post=”Closing Keynote – PMO 3.0 – Digital PMO: Complexities, Customers, Canines and Bi-lingual Chickens” company=””]Ralf, PMO professional who has actually done the job in many organisations and across multiple continents over 15 years. He is a co-founder of PMO Flashmob, PMI Portfolio Management contributor, lead author on the PMO Manifesto and P3O reviewer and social PMO influencer through @PMOPlanet. Now living in Australia, Ralf’s current role as Director of Transformational Program Management helps organisations with complex Digital Transformation and PMO’s. Some say he was born during a sprint planning session, and that he can speak fluent emoji… what we do know is that some have referred to him as a PMO legend!

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/jon-ward-150.png” name=”JON WARD” post=”The Catalyst – A PMO role in Agile Transformation” ]Jon is an Organisational Change professional with over thirty years’ experience in the leadership of digital transformation in Financial Services, Banking, Payments, Insurance, FMCG, TV and Retail sectors. Jon has been involved in change and innovation since leaving university. His roles have included Head of IT for Motorola Communications, Project Manager for Digital Equipment and Chief Executive for international consulting firm Severn Group Plc. Recently Jon delivered a $23 million regulatory programme for a major North American Bank using Lean and Agile techniques.Currently, as Agile Transformation Director, Jon is focused on the cultural aspects of implementing agile in order to deliver successful customer projects faster.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/sabita-150.png” name=”SABITA SALEEM” post=”What Value is a PMO if There Are No Experts in Techniques and Tools? ” company=”” ]Sabita Saleem, IPMO-E®, PLP®, PMP® Lead Auditor-ISO 9001:2008 started her career in the industry in the area of Human Resources before entering management consulting where she worked on design and implementation of information systems, ERP systems, organizational development and change management assignments. She has been leading international teams across Europe, the Middle East and Asia on various projects. She has been a consultant and editor for PMI Switzerland Chapter, for several years working on large events. Currently, Sabita is working for AIPMO (Association of International Project Management Officers) as a core team contributor of AIPMO Body of Knowledge which comprises of seven books and leads an international team across Europe, UK, Middle East and Asia. Sabita also has the lead author role for one of AIPMO’s books titled ‘Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO Tools and Techniques. She also teaches and carries out consulting assignments for AIPMO’s partners. Sabita’s background in management consulting, project management, quality assurance, human resource management, direct marketing and editing allows her to mix a practical yet highly rigorous approach to consulting and she’s known by her clients for her friendly but effective style of achieving results.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/paul-150.png” name=”PAUL CLAVERING” post=”Change Management Information & Tools for the PMO“]Paul has been involved with change for a long time. Since way back in the late 90’s he was focussing on the technical side of change. Working with large systems affecting thousands of people across the world, he quickly realised that technology is only an enabler. For the last 15 years he has focussed on the impact of change has on a business. Through various roles, including Head of PMO & Delivery, he has helped guide large organisations to achieve their goals, including FTSE250 listed companies and Government departments. He recently helped Hitachi Solutions develop their Transformation and Adoption division. Last year Paul had the largest change of his life, he found out his daughter, Jessica 12, has a very rare gene deficiency, Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome. This affects only about 40 people in the UK and causes delayed development, meaning Jessica’s life will be very different from others. He decided to do something about it and created a change organisation with a social heart, helping those affected by WSS. Just Enough Change helps organisations through transformation and change through their developed apps and tools, with two core beliefs (people centric and simplicity).

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/sonia-sharma-150.png” name=”SONIA SHARMA” post=”Growing a Greenfield PMO in a Media Forest“]Sonia has over 20 years of experience working with Projects and driving change initiatives predominantly within the area of technology. Taking on a role within a Global portfolio office for Mars IS she developed her passion for PMO and became an advocate and skilled change agent for adopting PMO process and best practice. Qualified as a practitioner in MSP® and P3O®, her background as an IT project and program manager enables her to work with key stakeholders to ensure are taken on the change journey at a pace that works for them. 3 years ago, Sonia took on a challenge to setup a greenfield Technology PMO at Channel 4. Her success in this mission led her to an opportunity to do the same at the Enterprise level. Sonia has both a collaborative style and pragmatic approach that contributes to her success in the setup of greenfield PMO’s.
[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/michael-150.png” name=”MICHAEL REYNDERS” post=”The PMO Triple Constraint: Standardisation, Discipline and Visibility“]Michael currently heads up the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) at Mediclinic Southern Africa which is a division of private healthcare services group Mediclinic International. Following his studies which involved obtaining a Chemical Engineering bachelor’s degree from University of Bath and a master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering from the University of Cape Town, Michael’s career started in 1995 as a chemical process development engineer at AECI in Johannesburg South Africa. In 1999 Michael took the opportunity to move into world of project management by joining the e-commerce project management team at Dimension Data. In 2004 Michael joined Mediclinic, based in Stellenbosch, to help set-up an IT Project Support Office (PSO). The PSO rapidly matured into an IT-PMO. The next step in the Mediclinic PMO maturation journey came in 2013 which involved moving out of the IT department to create an EPMO within the newly established Business Performance department. The Mediclinic EPMO project portfolio consists of a number of ICT implementation, business process and business improvement projects. Besides being passionate about project management and the PMO, Michael is also a very keen club cricketer and cricket administrator

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/carol-150.png” name=”CAROL HINDLEY” post=”The Caring PMO” ]Just a normal PMO Manager with more years’ experience than I would like to admit (20 years now that I have worked it out!) Having returned to the UK after 4 years working the ski seasons in Europe, a friend of mine said she had the perfect job for me: PMO. I started out in 1999 in an independent software house – a “commercial” POO and now I am Head of Digital PMO for the Houses of Parliament. In between I have worked for Canon UK, Arval UK, Moneysupermarket.com, the Research Councils Shared Services Centre, OpenWork, Cadburys and UCAS – all within PMO with a couple of stints of hands on delivery.
Now based in Swindon with the “other half”, the dog, the cat and the stepson who hasn’t moved out yet! My proudest achievement is cycling from London to Paris last September for Women v Cancer. All 3 groups raised over £863,500 for Breast Cancer; Cervical Cancer and Ovarian Cancer – hopefully making some small difference.

[/speaker] [speaker photo= “https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/john-williams.png” name=”JOHN WILLIAMS” post=”How to use Business Agility to counter the ‘no projects’ movement” ]John Williams is the CEO of Agile Business Consortium, and has an extensive background in the public, private and third sectors, including stockbroking, inward investment promotion, international business, banking and higher education. He has lived or worked in the Far East, Middle East, North America and Europe as well as the UK, and has owned companies in the UK and Hong Kong.

John is also a Director of the Transformation Trust, a charity supporting disadvantaged youth in the UK, and has worked with the Probation Service, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business Trust, the Cabinet Office, and has work-shadowed a member of the Royal family.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Commercial Managers.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Holger-Hess.png” name=”HOLGER HEUSS” post=”Travels Through Portfolio Management and PMO” ]Holger Heuss is an expert interim manager, advisor and leader on governance and portfolio/change management, PMO, IT Operating Models, and IT4IT with exceptional track record of leading, designing, delivering and assuring large and challenging programmes around business and IT digital transformation, organisational design, portfolio management, IT management, IT finance management and transformation, regulatory, compliance and business and IT process improvement, mainly in financial services; he operates at senior management and executive board levels, with the ability to gain the confidence of stakeholders, influence decisions and deliver results; he manages multiple assignments and leads multi-cultural teams in cross-border and post-merger integration scenarios; he provides leadership and practical insight at various conferences and events about all aspects of portfolio/change management and the different variants of PMOs.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/wk-150.png” name=”WAJJAHAT KHAN” post=”Will the PMO Survive When an Organisation is Adding More and More Agile Teams?” ]Wajjahat an innovative business leader with expertise in business transformation management, collaborative working, stakeholder management, Change Management, Project Controls and Project Management. Extensive experience (23 Years) of Programme Management Office (PMO), Integrated Planning and Programme Controls in Rail, Construction (Civils, Mechanical, Electrical & Building) and Olympic (South Asian Federation) infrastructure projects within both private and public sectors. Recently, I was instrumental in transforming, developing and managing effective Project Management and project controls strategies (P3M3 Assessment score of 4.4 – no other organisation in the world has achieved this level so far) enabling high performing teams that not only outshined the rest of Network Rail Programme teams but set the global benchmark – ASPIRE Europe (External Auditor) assessed the Project Management capability score. I have worked on some of the most prestigious UK infrastructure projects including Thameslink (Farringdon / Blackfriars Bridge /London Bridge), Crossrail Interface and various Major Re-Signalling schemes. Currently providing functional leadership (Programme Controls/Planning) to the project teams delivering high profile schemes across the country.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/dr-j-smith-150.png” name=”DR JAMES SMITH” post=”The PMO Competency Framework“]Dr James Smith is the Chief Technology Officer at Projecting Success. He is responsible for a wide scope, spanning full stack development through to data science and AI. He is acutely aware of the challenges of working that often exist with project management data, where the use cases can often be emergent, data can be hard to find and data quality can be variable. James has a passion for optimising and transforming how projects are delivered using the latest advanced methods, where he has been project lead for around 30 projects. He is adept at a wide range of methods including PowerBI, Python, machine learning and regularly grapples with the challenges of data engineering. James received his Doctorate in Applied Mathematics and lectured in the Maths department of the University of Kent before making the logical transition into data science

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/bp-150.png” name=”BEKKA PRIDEAUX” post=”The 6 Roles PMO Leaders Need to Play to Navigate Uncertain Waters” company=””]Bekka brings her experience as a Leadership Coach, Project Manager, Change Programme Leader, Facilitator, Course Tutor and Theatre Director to the world of PMO. She’s been coaching people for more than 25 years now, initially as part of her management and leadership roles in a rapidly growing engineering company and then in more specialist and project based roles. She’s led a number of large organisational change and technical projects and been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic PMO’s.
Across her varied career she’s developed and implemented programmes that have changed the way FTSE100 companies deliver projects. She’s developed and led the worldwide Cadbury Schweppes Coaching Skills Development programme and coaching practice. She’s facilitated strategy development programmes for both global organisations and small businesses. She runs her own Coaching and Consultancy Company working with leaders, companies and project teams to ensure they are set up for success.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/adam-s-150.png” name=”ADAM SKINNER” post=”Transforming your PMO – the Agile Way!” company=””]Adam is a Director of P2 Consulting and leads its 50 strong Portfolio & Programme Analytics Practice ensuring they deliver pragmatic Programme & Portfolio Control over both Waterfall and Scaled-Agile deliveries. He has established Portfolios, Programme & P3M Capabilities across a range of clients and sectors including retail, the regulatory sector, the financial sector and both central and local government and has a particular skillset in maturity reviews and capability transformations. He builds on his Oxford MSc in Major Programme Management as a regular speaker and blogger on good Programme and Portfolio Management with his particular area of interest being psychological and technological innovation in the PMO space. He also actively promotes good portfolio management as a committee member of the APM’s Portfolio Management SIG – where he runs their Annual Conference.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Pip-Peel.jpg” name=”PIP PEEL” post=”Tomorrow’s status update today – planning your PMO’s route to insightful analytics” company=””]Pip is an entrepreneur and founder of two management consulting companies; PIPC which grew to be the world’s leading project management company and P2 Consulting which was recently ranked the UK’s 2nd fast growing company (The Times Fast Track 100) and one of the world’s fastest growing consultancies. Pip has over 30 years’ International Project & Programme Management consulting experience and has worked with blue-chip clients around the world.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Douglas-Elliot.jpg” name=”DOUGLAS ELLIOTT” post=”Tomorrow’s status update today – planning your PMO’s route to insightful analytics” company=””]Douglas is not content with doing what everyone else is doing; he seeks fresh and pragmatic solutions that will change the way we think about achieving transformational change. Douglas’ philosophy is that client success is our best performance measure, and he strives to unlock the full potential of every P2 employee to support this.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/stuart-bates.png” name=”STUART BATES” post=”Agile: The Auditor’s Perspective” ]Stuart has worked in audit, both external and internal, for over 10 years, specialising in Technology and Change audit. He started his career with Deloitte and has since worked in Internal Audit at both John Lewis and Sainsbury’s.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ellen-150.png” name=”ELLEN JARRET” post=”Ella’s Kitchen’s Recipe for PMO Success” ]Ellen began life in project management within the third sector on fundraising and awareness campaigns, before moving into PMO management. She created the first Guide Dogs for the Blind PMO in 2015 before moving on to Ella’s Kitchen and setting up their unique ‘Smoothly’ team in 2017.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Graham-Pink.jpg” name=”GRAHAM PINK” post=”Project Analytics in a World of Hybrid Methods” company=””]Graham is a serial technology entrepreneur: Founder of CSR (Europe’s most successful fabless semiconductor business acquired by Qualcomm for $2.5bn in 2015), IPICSi (first company in the world to design microchips in the cloud) and Orbitil. He is widely recognised as a leading expert in business strategy and semiconductor IC engineering. At CSR he fulfilled various roles between 1999 and 2010 including SVP Engineering and EVP R&D responsible for an extensive project organisation and introducing the company’s first PMO. In addition to being CEO of Orbitil, Graham is also on the Advisory Boards of UKESF and of Electech Council.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/PatrickHoverstadt.png” name=”PATRICK HOVERSTADT” post=”Patterns of Strategy and Planning Execution Programmes” company=””]Patrick Hoverstadt has worked as a consultant since 1995 in both the private and public sectors, in 14 countries, mainly in the fields of strategy, organizational structure and change. He specialises in working with very large complex organisations including whole sectors, using systems approaches. Patrick is the author of “Fractal Organization” (Wiley 2009), co-author of “Systems Approaches to Managing Change” (Springer 2010) and “Patterns of Strategy” (Gower 2017) as well as numerous papers. He has lectured at post-graduate level at 7 business schools and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/John-McIntyre2017.png” name=”JOHN McINTYRE” post=”The Realities of Robotic Process Automation in the PMO” company=””]John has over 18 years’ experience helping organisations deliver projects and programmes that deliver business outcomes. With real-world experience of project management in the trenches and the breadth of knowledge that comes with an MBA from the UK’s leading Business School, he’s a passionate advocate of the PMO’s role as a business catalyst and agent for Business Agility. John Blogs regularly at https://www.hotpmo.com

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/craig-taylor.png” name=”CRAIG TAYLOR” post=”Delivering the Leeds City Region £200m Per Annum Portfolio – Digital Transformation for Governance and Collaboration” company=””]Craig is the Head of PMO at West Yorkshire Combined Authority leading a team of 12 to manage the CA’s portfolio. Craig has over 25 years of experience of portfolio, programme and project management in the public sector.

[/speaker] [speaker photo=”https://pmoconference.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/GeroRenker.jpg” name=”GERO RENKER” post=”Delivering the Leeds City Region £200m Per Annum Portfolio – Digital Transformation for Governance and Collaboration” company=””]Gero is a co-founder of Program Framework, a consulting firm who transform PMOs with the help of Microsoft Cloud solutions for Project and Portfolio management, such as Office365, Project Online and Power BI.


Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference