Francesca Beard is a Malaysian-born poet who represents the best of British live literature around the world with the British Council. In June 2016, she won a standing ovation for a Tedx talk on Ingenuity and Creative Invention.
She’s written for The Barbican, the BBC, The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, The Metropolitan Police, The Royal Court, The Young Vic and BBC Radio. Her one woman show, ‘Chinese Whispers’ was produced by Apples and Snakes and her family show, ‘Animal Olympics’ was commissioned for South Bank Centre’s Imagine Festival. London Metro has called her ‘The Queen of British performance poetry.’ Her new show, supported by Arts Council England, is called ‘How to Survive a Post-Truth Apocalypse.’
To find out more, please visit www.francescabeard.com
Press and Reviews
“Spine-tingling… Witty and narcotic.” The Independent
“…witty and whimsical… a quality-guarantee.”; “utterly magical’. Evening Standard
“Sensuous and funny” Time Out
“The Queen of British performance poetry… one of our finest cartographers of the human heart.” London Metro
“Brilliant, illuminating all manner of euphemisms, dreams, lies and hidden agendas.”
Turning experience into knowledge for Project Controls
Summary: Simon will talk about his experience of managing and controlling London Undergrounds’ Bank Station Capacity Upgrade project as it transitioned from design to construction. Simon also studied the transition as a part of his PhD and will draw on the benefits of undertaking research both in practice and for practice. Simon’s PhD research investigates how ‘time’ influences construction project organisations as they move from the early ‘development’ phase of design and statutory planning, through to the ‘delivery’ phase of construction. Specifically looking at how the ‘temporary’ nature of projects, their pre-defined dates and resulting critical paths, influences the capability of project organisations through the (re)creation of patterns of interdependent working.
Compulsive builder and advocate for construction and engineering, and in particular the role of women, Sandi Rhys Jones has nearly forty years experience in strategic marketing and management, communications and training for technical, professional and business to business organisations. Since co-founding RhysJones Consultants in 1976, she has worked for a wide range of clients, including consultants, contractors, suppliers, representative organisations, local and national government. As well as running her business she leads the national mentoring programme for the Association of Women in Property and is a member of the Seamore project board at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, tasked with delivering an innovative centre for Discovery and a new home for the Royal Marines Museum. She is increasingly in demand as a coach and mentor, particularly for women in non-traditional occupations, and also as a chair and facilitator at conferences, workshops and seminars. The Constructive Women blog draws on her working life. Parallel Universe reflects the other side – wife, mother, grandmother, cook, gardener, traveller, music lover.
Summary: This talk will explain the long standing Project Controls Skills shortage that persists to this day and the ‘wake-up call’ to the engineering and construction industry that has led to the collaborative actions of senior project controls practitioners, sector and professional bodies and training organisations to raise the profile of project controls; including most recently the development of the newly launched Project Controls Technician Trailblazer Apprenticeship.
Shane Forth is Director of PMO for Costain Natural Resources, a Fellow of both APM and ACostE and an MSP Registered Practitioner, Shane has 41 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Power & Process industries and is recognised externally by customers, peers and professional bodies as a project controls expert, sitting on national professional, technical and academic working groups. He has an MSc in Project Management awarded in 2013 from University of Manchester, and won the Stephen Wearne award for best overall performance followed by national acclaim, winning the APM Geoffrey Trimble award for best Master’s post-graduate dissertation. For the last 25 years, Shane has provided strategic and functional leadership in Project Management and Controls as a member of .senior leadership team at both global and divisional level including responsibility for the development and continuous improvement of project management assurance and project controls processes and systems. In the development of project controls people resource and competency to meet business needs, Shane has specified and delivered training through company Project Management Academies and been a driving force in the implementation of national project controls apprenticeship and graduate programmes, for which he has been honoured twice by the ECITB including winner of a national award for individual leadership and significant contribution to training and development. Shane is currently Chair of the employer-led group developing the Project Controls Technician Trailblazer apprenticeship programme.
Catherine Lambert is an experienced manager with product development, project management and stakeholder engagement expertise. In the last four years she has brought company project controls experts and training organisations together to create a successful, pro-active Industry-wide Project Controls Working Group. This Working Group has developed: quality Vocational Qualifications that meet the needs of industry; comprehensive training standards that specify the correct discipline-specific technical knowledge and techniques essential for the continued successful delivery of project control, cost engineering, estimating and planning by UK-based companies; and a new Project Controls Technician Apprentice Standard that is ideal for those embarking on a career in this field. There is now a range of qualifications, apprenticeships, training products and a career path that together are increasing the attractiveness of Project Controls as a place to start and develop a successful career. Catherine continues to support the Working Group in ensuring its important contribution to the project controls profession is recognised industry and UK-wide.
Laura Geddes-Brock Head of Portfolio Insight IPA Cabinet Office
Responding to the challenges of reporting performance.
How do you measure the performance of the Government’s major projects? The Infrastructure and Projects Authority are designing and developing a Project Performance Framework to try and answer that question. We are currently collecting baseline data for projects to populate a project balanced scorecard to assess overall progress being made. We will discuss composition of the Portfolio, work to date and key challenges.
Laura Geddes-Brock is the Benefits and Savings Lead for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority. The IPA provides expertise in infrastructure and the financing, delivery and assurance of major projects, to support more effective management and delivery across government. In her current role Laura provides insight on Government’s major projects by developing frameworks and capability for the effective measurement of benefits and performance.
Laura has a demonstrable track record of implementing frameworks and processes across the public sector in Portfolio and Benefits Management. She also has significant experience in project and programme delivery, working on some of the largest projects within previous roles at Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service.
Jack Pinter runs Square One Partnership, which creates and delivers innovative learning initiatives designed to transform and revitalise the world of work. Following his commitment to eradicate desperately dull and pointless communication, Jack shared his course ‘Alternatives to Powerpoint,’ with clients across a range of industries. Jack uses a panoply of interactive experiential techniques and paradigms designed to people build trust, better engage audiences and create memorable messages.
Jack’s has enjoyed a polymorphous career as a jazz musician, journalist, storyteller, playwright, composer, facilitator and coach. Along the way he’s appeared in or with Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Waits, Yoko Ono, The Grand Ole Opry, The Boston Globe, The National Theatre, The Orange Tree Theatre. Channel Four Television Cisco Systems, McKinsey Consulting and Accenture.
His work has and non-fiction writing at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA. He worked as a journalist for The Middletown Press, and was a regular contributor to Advocate Newspapers. His work has also appeared in Northeast Magazine, Connecticut Magazine and The Boston Globe. As a playwright, his work has been staged by The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond (UK) and The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (UK). He’s also received commissions from Channel 4 Television, PBS Television in the USA, and The English Shakespeare Company. Jack has shown leaders at Price-Waterhouse Coopers, Skandia Wealth Management and Motorola how to improve their writing, and has devised a business writing skills course for PNC Bank in the USA.
He has featured as a storyteller in projects for The Royal National Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith and. He has contributed songs and music for film, television and theatre productions, and has performed with Tom Waits, Anastacia, Marianne Faithfull, Dizzy Gillespie, and most recently, actor-turned-singer Tim Robbins.
Jack’s passion for experiential learning inspires him to use interactive exercises, tools and techniques to create lively, stimulating and engaging learning programs. Jack’s expertise in persuasive communication was developed during a wide-ranging early career in the arts, as an improviser, journalist, playwright and theatre director. As a storyteller, Jack has featured in projects for The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Royal National Theatre, where he has also devised and directed over fifty educational theatre projects. As a playwright, his work has been staged by The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Jack began his career as a jazz musician, and has appeared with Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull and, most recently, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Boy George.
Dr Alison Messom; Chairman Institute of Clinical Research & Director ALM Consultancy Ltd
Since 2012 Dr Alison Messom has been Chairman of the Institute of Clinical Research; the oldest independent membership lead professional body for global clinical researchers. With a background in molecular genetics, Dr Messom has almost 20 years’ industry experience working both within Pharmaceutical Companies and Clinical Research Organisations. Dr Messom has detailed experience of directing global clinical trials and has worked in a wide variety of leadership roles, within Pharma Companies & CROs for not only project and monitoring teams, but also Data Management, Outsourcing, Informatics and Translational Medicine Departments.
Dr Messom has a passion for quality and developing true partnerships with sites and also between sponsors and CROs. Her consultancy supports a range of businesses with recent projects including clinical investigation plans for sequencing the microbiome, support for transparency reporting requirements to a team working with investigator initiated studies; operational support to an academic group working on a translational medicine project and operational consultancy to a mid-sized pharma company working in phase III & IV.
A global force for good. Standards for public benefit
Summary: The presentation will examine the proposition that the successful implementation of projects are a force for the “public benefit” and that standards, including project management standards can be enablers for improving project delivery outcomes.
The presentation will then provide an overview of the current development of an International Standards Organisation (ISO) Earned Value Management (EVM) standard by Working Group 7 of the ISO Technical Committee 258 (project and program management) from the perspective of the member of the core writing team.
The presentation will conclude with the presenter’s perspective of the major project improvement initiatives which are currently taking place around the world including United Kingdom, Australia and the USA.
A global force for good. Standards for public benefit.
Kym Henderson is an information technology project manager with significant experience in project recoveries utilizing simplified EVM techniques. Recent engagements include project planning and control specialist consulting roles on larger scale Australian Defence projects including the pragmatic application of Earned Value Management (EVM) and associated services including the planning and conduct of Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs). His first degree is a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Science (Computing) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Kym has significant experience as a volunteer component leader initially with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is currently the Executive Vice President of the Washington DC based College of Performance Management (CPM), having previously served as the Vice President of Global Outreach and Research and Standards.
Kym is also chair of the organising committee of the Australian Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) which is held annually at the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in the national capital, Canberra.
He participated as a member of the core team of the PMI EVM Global Practice Standard 2nd edition project which was released in 2011. He is currently a member of the core writing team for the International Standards Organisation (ISO), Technical Committee 258 (project and program management) Working Group 7 which is developing an ISO EVM standard.
In addition to promoting the global mission of improving project delivery outcomes by advocating EVM and other project performance management techniques including Earned Schedule, Kym teaches his “Applying Earned Value Concepts to Commercial [IT] Projects” at various locations in the USA and Asia Pacific region.
He is also an APMG certified EVM trainer and is a long standing member of the Australian Army Reserve serving as a Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps at the Health Branch of the Australian Army Reserve’s 2nd Division which is headquartered in Sydney.