PMI Australia Conference 2016 features an array of high quality industry thought leaders.
Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), born in Adelaide and educated at Elizabeth East Primary School and Elizabeth High School, was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, retiring in 2004.
His appointments included service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, postings in Washington and London, Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus and Flag appointments as Naval Training and Naval Support Commander.
Kevin also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and Head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation. After retirement, as Head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he led a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force.
Kevin was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994, the Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.
Rear Admiral Scarce completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration from New England, Masters of Management Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the US War College (National Defense University) in Washington, DC. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Hinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New England in 2014.
In addition to his role as 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral Scarce was recently appointed Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children's Services. He is a Director of a number of public and private companies, a Governor of the Coopers Foundation and joint Patron, with his wife Liz, of Anglicare SA.
Kevin was appointed on 29th March 2015, as the Commissioner of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.
In 1993, at the age of 25, Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt.
Christopher is the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and Leader of the House of Representatives. In this role he developed the National Innovation and Science Agenda in 2015, a transformative economic plan to encourage Australians to embrace risk and commercialise their ideas.
In his time in Parliament he has also served as Minister for Education and Training, and in this role, amongst other things, he reformed the National Curriculum, introduced compulsory literacy and numeracy testing for Australian teaching graduates and expanded phonics teaching in remote schools in northern Australia.
Christopher has also served as Minister for Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Parliamentary Secretary for Family and Community Services. As Parliamentary Secretary for Health he founded “headspace: the Youth Mental Health Initiative” in 2006.
Christopher is the author of the Best Selling book, “A Letter to my Children”, published by Melbourne University Press in 2015.
Before entering Parliament, Christopher practised as a solicitor.
Christopher is a member of many community, social and sporting groups in his electorate, and is an Adelaide Crows Ambassador and supporter of the Norwood Redlegs Football Club!
Christopher is married to Carolyn and is the father of Eleanor, Barnaby, Felix and Aurelia.
Mr. Snyder retired from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now GlaxoSmithKline, in 1997 where his last assignment was Associate Director of Planning & Business Management, Strategic Product Development. Jim has 38 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in computer sciences, operations research, international marketing, marketing administration and international finance. He has been involved in developing and implementing business systems as well as using project management skill in a wide variety of international projects since 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management form Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1961-1963 in the US and Germany.
He is a Founder of Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute, Volunteer Executive Director (1971-1984), President, Chairman of the Board, and continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. He received the 2010 James J O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling. Jim is a founding member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of PMI, the Pharmaceuticals Special Interest Group, and the College of Scheduling. As a member of the PMI Global Project Action Team (1999 - 2000) he work to help structure the Institute to meet the challenges of 2000 and beyond. He served as a member of the Publications Board of the Institute. The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Headquarters is named in his honor. He has served as a member of the PMI Education Foundation Board of Directors and in January of 2006 he was recognized as Chairman Emeritus of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is name in his honor. He is now serving as advisor and administrator to the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter.
Peter Taylor is a PMO expert currently leading the Global PMO with 200 project managers acting as custodians for nearly 5,000 projects around the world, for Kronos Inc. - a billion dollar software organisation delivering Workforce Management Solutions.
Peter Taylor is also the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on project leadership, PMO development, project marketing, project challenges and executive sponsorship.
In the last 4 years he has delivered over 200 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.
His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance.
More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.
He has devoted his career to helping governments, companies and communities comprehend patterns of change so they can make wiser choices and secure better futures.
Stefan’s academic background is in geography, economics and decision theory. Stefan is widely published in the scientific literature and his new book titled “Global Megatrends” is now available through CSIRO Publishing. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England.
Born to Joy in the harsh Manchester Winter of 77, Dominic has a career that has reached far and wide through Europe, US and Asia PAC.
Dominic (Dom) is currently Head of R&D Program Management at Atlassian with responsibilities spanning 5 global R&D centres. In a past life he has also been the GM Program Management for a global gaming company and a Director of Deloitte providing assurance and consulting services across the areas of project management, product management, IT systems and change management.
His roles have spanned technology risk consulting, product development and program management, across businesses in beverage, telco, manufacturing, software development and gaming.
Dom is proud to work at Atlassian, the home of the most intelligent t-shirt wearers in business, as the Head of R&D Program Management, where he runs product delivery, innovation and the patterns that drive the business.
A keen traveller, Dom has traversed over 50 countries so far, but after 10 years on these shores, he calls Australia home.
2013 South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, magician and professional speaker Vinh Giang has been building businesses from a very young age.
Through his love of both business and magic over the years, he has discovered many common threads between the world of business and the world of magic.
Coming from the humble origins of a refugee family from Vietnam, Vinh has since worked with companies from all over the world, and is fortunate enough to be able to continuously learn from the best. Mentored by internationally recognised high achievers, such as Matthew Michalewicz, Vinh is always looking to expand his knowledge, and share fresh, cutting-edge topics with his audience.
Vinh is fascinated with the psychology behind the mysterious art of magic, and has devoted himself to understanding the ways in which people are fooled not only by illusions, but by the tricks that life plays on us, and that we play on ourselves. Through identifying and understanding how this occurs, he has found ways to unlock the minds of his audience, and ensure his messages are memorable and will create lasting change not only in their businesses, but also their personal lives.
Derrick McManus was a Sniper, Tactical Diver and Counter-Terrorist Operative with the SA Police Special Task And Rescue (STAR) Group when he was shot 14 times with a high-powered rifle in less than 5 seconds. He was lying on the ground bleeding for 3 hours before he could be rescued. Dr. Bill Griggs said, “I don’t know how he survived, he’s an incredible human being”.
However, despite the circumstances Derrick sustained optimum performance. Optimum is not perfect and it’s not always peak performance – it’s optimum dependant on the external circumstances. Derrick didn’t just survive the worst shooting in South Australia’s history, he positively thrived afterwards. After two and a half years Derrick returned to full duties with STAR Group.
Derrick is internationally acclaimed as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on the topic of Human Performance – inspiring people and working with organisations to reach greater potential. He has worked in Asia, USA, New Zealand and all around Australia.
Dr Alicia Aitken is Telstra’s Chief Project Officer (CPO), responsible for ensuring successful project delivery across the capital investment programme. Alicia has worked extensively with organisations across the globe to assess and develop their organisational project management capability.
Prior to her role at Telstra Alicia held the position of CEO, Human Systems International (HSI) now a PMI owned company. Her experience ranges through several industries including Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, Defence & Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, Engineering & Construction, Mining, Oil & Gas and Government.
Alicia is actively involved in several industry groups and peak bodies and is currently a Director of the International Centre for Complex Project Management. Alicia holds a PhD in project management and psychology with a particular focus on how project managers cope with stress. Alicia is a regular keynote speaker at conferences around the world and contributes to academic programs at universities in both Australia and Europe.
Donna Sill joined the Royal Australian Navy 06 March 1998.
Her training experiences as a Maritime Warfare Officer commenced with a deployment to RIMPAC in HMAS Darwin, and Commissioning Crew of HMA Ships Norman and Warramunga. Lieutenant Commander Sill, qualifying as a Mine Warfare Officer in 2003, has served on all six of the Mine Hunter Coastal (MHC) warships, and operationally posted to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and multiple Border Protection operations.
Lieutenant Commander Sill gained a Masters of Management Studies (HRM) in 2010 which has been useful in her shore postings at Fleet Human Resource Management, New Generation Navy Culture projects Manage Careers more Flexibly and Flexible Work Practices and in her current posting as Staff Officer Strategy in the Navy Strategy Executive. Highlights of Lieutenant Commander Sill’s career include Border Protection operations as the Executive Officer Hunter One crew, and competing in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 2000 on Lady Penhren.
Since marrying in July 2006, Lieutenant Commander Sill has had three children and is enjoying the family-focussed life that Canberra provides for young children.
Peter Moutsatsos is the General Manager for the Enterprise PMO at Telstra and the Portfolio Head of Telstra Wholesale. Prior to joining Telstra, Peter was the Projects Assurance Manager for BHP Coal.
Peter has been a PMP since 2004, with 11 years experience managing projects and leading PMOs in banking, professional services, consulting, mining and telecommunications. Some of Peter's career highlights include being one of the founding designers and project managers for the establishment of CommSec, successfully outsourced Suncorp mortgage processing operations offshore and worked closely with Therese Rein to execute her business expansion into Europe and Asia.
Peter holds an IT degree and a MBA from University of Queensland, for which he won the Top MBA Award. In his spare time, Peter coaches MBA students throughout Australia and occasionally provides guest lectures on project management and corporate finance at leading Business Schools.
Tim is the CEO for Business Analysts Pty Ltd (BAPL) - an expert business analysis company offering business analyst consultants for to ASX listed & private companies, government and not for profit organisations. With over 22 years’ experience and as the only Australian to author the number one standard reference for Business Analysts competency around the world, Tim is an acknowledged expert in his professional field.
Tim has expertise in all phases of the solution delivery life cycle with substantial practical experience in business process analysis, requirements, tendering and evaluation and software implementation. He holds a Bachelor of Education, Workplace Category IV Trainer and Assessor Certificate, and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
Tim has presented at the BA World Symposiums in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Building Business Capability in 2013 and 2014, PMI EMEA Global Congress 2015, IIBA BA Professional Day 2015 and participates regularly in International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA®) forums.
With a strong background in education and assessment Tim has a keen interest in business analysis competency models, is an author of the IIBA® Competency Model and is a past IIBA® Australia Chapter President.
Colin Ellis runs his own project management practice specialising in leadership and culture. He helps organisations remove paperwork and bureaucracy and put projects back in the hands of people who lead by example and who create environments in which teams can flourish.
A popular speaker, trainer and author, Colin is co-owner of ProjectNPS and writes a regular project management column for CIO magazine. His first book, The Conscious Project Leader is available in early 2016. Colin is originally from Liverpool in the UK but now calls Melbourne home.
Dr Crissa Sumner is an Organisational Psychologist with a PhD in the area of leadership, social intelligence and employee attitudes. Over the past 12 years, Crissa has led and managed a number of talent management and organisational development projects that have provided her with opportunities to apply her expertise in organisational psychology with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors across a wide range of industries.
Crissa is currently the Regional Assessment Solutions Manager for Hudson Talent Management across Asia Pacific, and is responsible for providing high-level technical advice to key clients and our talent management consulting teams across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
She is also an experienced presenter, educator and researcher. Crissa is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Griffith University. She has presented the findings of her research in the area of leadership at a number of national and international conferences, and published them in peer reviewed journals.
Dr Lynda Bourne FAIM, FACS, PMP is a senior management consultant, professional speaker, trainer and an award winning project manager with 30+ years professional industry experience. She is the CEO and Managing Director of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd focussing on the delivery of stakeholder engagement and other project and organization related consultancy, mentoring and training for clients world-wide. Her career has combined practical project experience with business management roles and academic research to deliver successful projects that meet stakeholders’ expectations.
She is a member of the International Faculty at EAN University, Columbia, teaching in the Masters of Project Management course; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. She is a member of the Core Committee for PMBOK 6th edition due for release in 2016; her focus is on the stakeholder and communications knowledge areas.
Lynne Cazaly is a keynote speaker, author and adviser. She is the author of the books Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work, Create Change: How to apply innovation in an era of uncertainty, and Visual Mojo: How to capture thinking, convey information and collaborate using visuals.
She works with executives, senior leaders and teams on major change and transformation projects. She helps people distil their thinking, apply ideas and innovation and boost the engagement and collaboration effectiveness of teams.
Lynne assists organizations with creative and engaging facilitated workshops, skills development in creative and innovative thinking and she works with people to help them unlock their entrepreneurial thinking.
Lynne is an experienced board director and chair and is a global keynote speaker and an executive facilitator. She is on the faculty of Thought Leaders Business School.
Kym Williams is the Managing Director of BRS, an advisory firm who specialise in the commercial, governance and high performance aspects of organisations who procure, design, build, operate, maintain or own asset infrastructure.
Kym has extensive experience in both the government and infrastructure industries, providing alliance and coaching services on some of the most high profile infrastructure projects within Australasia. He specialises in collaborative contracting on large infrastructure projects, where he helps project teams to develop and instil the partnering and high performance principles that drive successful project outcomes.
Kym also specialises in strategy, commercial services and leadership, team and culture development across the infrastructure, government and mining related industries. His overarching role is to bring the best out in people, by nurturing a team that is empowered, proactive and committed with a focus on openness and integrity. Before joining BRS, he was the General Manager for a large engineering and infrastructure company where he was responsible for transforming the culture and profitability of a $70 million dollar business.
Prior to this Kym was the Manager of Governance & Operational Support for the City of Charles Sturt and the Manager of Corporate Governance at the Adelaide City Council.
Marina Pullin is the Managing Director for MCBI SA, NT and NSW– a unique and innovative professional services firm that brings the best of Australian professional services to the world.
She is a sought after commercial advisor and management consultant with a specialty in commercial outcomes, commercialising innovation and developing successful strategies. She sits on a number of advisory panels, including that of the Office of the Industry Advocate.
Throughout her career, Marina has held number senior strategic roles in large global companies, including Head of Continual Improvement, Senior Transformation Consultant for Asia Pacific. She has worked on assignments in the US (Detroit), Germany, China, Belgium, UK and New Zealand. More locally, she led the remediation of a series of significant projects including AWD, ASC and the large programs of work for financial institutions including CBA and Bendigo Adelaide Bank.
More recently, she has turned her hand to small and medium enterprise and led the successful SA Business Renovation Program on behalf of Regional Development Australian (Adelaide) that pushed a number of smaller business to improve their commercial performance and global relevance. The program saw the creation of a number of local jobs, increased company valuations and new supply chains opened up.
Marina is a guest lecturer at Adelaide University for the Master of Global Entrepreneurship Program.
A long standing advocate for broad equality, business ethics and promoting the economic value of embracing diversity, Marina has a clear view on the need to collaborate within our economy but also as a community.
In her spare time, Marina is a keen mountain climber and has a long and enduring love of climbing anything ... Must have been a goat in another life.
Richard is the Chief Operating Officer at Codium, one of Australia's leading providers of custom software development and support services.
Richard was previously Business Services Manager at Flinders Medical Centre for more than 6 years and Managing Director and CFO of an electronics and computer accessories importer and wholesaler for more than 3 years. Earlier, he held a range of financial management, sales management, marketing management and operations management roles within the IT (Adelaide based distributor), telecommunications (SingTel Optus, Telstra) and hospitality (Hilton International) sectors.
He is also a final year PhD research student at the University of South Australia. His PhD explores the relationship between strategy execution and complexity.
Chris leads the enterprise Project Portfolio Office at Mater Health, a non-profit health service. She has an inquiring mind, recently commenced her PhD journey focusing on portfolio management supporting the implementation of strategy. A strong advocate for equity, diversity and giving back to the profession by encouraging others, Chris's efforts have been recognized by her peers, awarding her for "Contribution to Women in Project Management" at the Australian PMI National Awards for 2015.
Chris serves as a member of the PMI Organisational Project Management Global Advisory Group. She was the first Australian to gain the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP) credential from the PMI and Chris holds multiple graduate and post graduate qualifications.
Cate is a dynamic, inspirational leader with a focus on building and leading high performing teams. She is a highly motivated ICT professional with a demonstrated record of achievement in shaping and delivering transformation to deliver business and customer benefits and support strategic goals.
She has managed programs, transformations and Program Management Offices in Australia and the UK for over 15 years. She has worked across financial, educational and utility sectors. She has broad experience in ICT and transformational change, including mergers and acquisitions.
Cate received her MBA from the Edinburgh Management School and has underlying qualifications in business, management and human resource development. She is a senior manager responsible for the delivery of IT projects at SA Power Networks, managing a portfolio of programs and projects with an average annual budget of $45m.
Linda heads up Statewide’s ICT functions including overseeing a strategic program of work to replace Statewide’s Super Administration systems. In previous roles Linda led the Schneider Electric’s Supply & Demand Optimisation division (Solveit) as General Manager, Project Execution and Operations. Solveit specialises in market leading supply & demand optimisation business solutions.
As the lead of HP's Asia Pacific Program and Project Management group Linda was responsible for project managers, PMO and project delivery across the Asia Pacific and Australian region.
Linda has over 25 years of senior-level experience in project management, ICT, applications, consulting and quality management. Linda has a Masters degree in ICT, is an ACS Fellow and has numerous certifications and industry awards. In 2006 Linda was acknowledged by PMI as one of the top 25 influential female project managers globally. Linda has extensive experience with problem projects, working to review, restructure and bring them back on track.
Ryan is a Project and Portfolio Management professional, having spent the last 18 years working on projects, managing projects, managing a PMO, and then assisting organisations in achieving better project outcomes through building PMO’s and setting up governance to bring about effective portfolio management.
Finance, petro-chemical, mining, government, health and IT are some of the industries Ryan has worked in. Due to his experience Ryan is able to understand both what those responsible for project delivery want, and what the technology can actually provide.
Ryan now focusses on simplifying all of the process and bureaucracy found around projects, to come up with simple and realistic ways to decide on what projects to undertake and to ensure they are delivered. The idea is to draw a straight line between what management needs to make a decision and how they get what they need.
Ryan has backed up his experience with qualifications, and has a BSc, Hons BSc and Master of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Project Management. Ryan has a PMP, is a Certified Scrum Master and has an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Stanford.
Milind is a global expert in project management, having successfully delivered over $10 billion of projects in diverse industry sectors. Milind has also led and managed operations and maintenance service contracts in infrastructure, facilities and utilities to achieve innovative and affordable cost of operations.
He has worked on multi-award-winning projects and was recognised by Global Project of the Year 2013 award by Project Management Institute USA. He is passionate about life-long learning and also growing talent in the project management field. He has supervised and trained numerous graduates and staff and continues to take special interest in education through his ongoing involvement in delivering key courses in Master of Project Management and Leadership - at 2 Universities in Australia.
In April 2015 he co-founded a vibrant, new Adelaide-based company - T3PM Group. T3PM Group partners with clients to explore, secure and develop investment opportunities, business improvements and deliver major projects and programs. As part of T3PM Group, Milind is overseeing two significant assignments – one is the partnership with the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and the second is Program Director role for a $205M Recycled Water Project in Melbourne, Victoria.
Milind’s presentation will share unique perspectives on leadership, management and how Companies adapt and manage strategic risks in the midst of disruptive forces. He will also share some insights about the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) and Project Completions / Project Recovery effort for a significant project – that T3PM group is involved currently.
Marc Soester is the Executive Director of Sensei Project Solutions, an organisation dedicated implementing Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solutions based on Microsoft Technology Office 365 – Project Online and Microsoft Project Server.
Sensei Project Solutions is a company dedicated providing an instant increase of productivity through project and portfolio management solutions.
Marc is a passionate practitioner and technology specialists who enables a modern way of working with Microsoft project and productivity solutions. Marc is driven by his belief that the most effective way to achieve organisational goals is by converting strategy into action through Portfolio and Project Management.
Marc has over 15 years’ international industry experience implementing Project Portfolio Management Solutions and is the first Microsoft Project MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Australia. MVPs are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. He is a regular presenter in conference in Australia and around the world.
Additionally, Marc participates in the Microsoft Product Advisory Council, as one of only 25 companies’ worldwide that have been invited by Microsoft to assist in the endeavour to constantly improve Microsoft’s PPM capability.
Steve is a versatile professional with over 20 years of experience in Defence, Health, Government, Security & Intelligence markets. Steve has been responsible for the leadership and delivery of a wide range of complex integrated solutions and new product developments, with proven experience in assisting organisations align their people, process and technology to improve their operational efficiency.
While working in the defence industry Steve managed the product development, evaluation and production of information security products used by Australian, USA and UK Governments and was responsible for the strategy that introduced BAE Systems Australia into the cyber security market.
In his current role as Visionstream’s Engineering Manager at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project, Steve is responsible for providing leadership in the delivery of Visionstream’s portfolio of ICT design and construct projects and working collaboratively with other ICT vendors, the HYLC JV, SA Health Partners and State Government to deliver a highly integrated solution in support of the hospital’s strategic direction for patient care.
Henrietta is the company founder and has been consulting and training in Project Management for over 20 years. Companies she has provided consultancy services to include Carl Zeiss Australia (formally SOLA Optical), Schneider Electric, Sola Shop Australia, City of Tea Tree Gully, GPA Engineering, Ratbag (video Games), Philips Industries, Amdel Ltd (now Bureau Veritas Australia) , Balfours Ltd, Kimberley Clarke Australia, Codan Pty Ltd, and Vision Systems Pty Ltd.
She is passionate about innovation and for many years, she provided leadership and project management mentoring and training services for fast growth clients in the innovation sector, on behalf of the former State government agency InnovateSA.
She is currently organizer of Start Lean, Go Global, a network focussed on sharing knowledge and building Lean Startup capacity in Adelaide and South Australia.
Henrietta has a strong focus on process and people interaction, which she has combined successfully in many roles to bring about lasting improvements to both work and team operation, efficiency and morale.
She is an accredited Team Management Systems (TMS) practitioner and has a wide variety of experience in team development and facilitation.
She routinely receives the highest rating in training feedback, and more importantly in her role as a mentor, sees individuals and companies make lasting changes to their practices and behaviours.
Matt Williams is the Managing Director of Connexion Systems, an Australian-based provider of innovative services and systems that enable project organizations to maximize business value generated from portfolios of capital investments.
Matt has spent the past 15 years advising PMO’s on governance and controls, and is a regular speaker at PMI, AIPM (Australia) and APM (UK) events on the topic of Benefits-led Portfolio Management.
Matt holds a Business degree majoring in Management Information Systems, and received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2003.
Haydn has over 20 years of real world experience in management, portfolio, program and project management, business analysis, innovation and business consulting. He has worked extensively in large international and domestic banks, government organisations, solution providers. In addition Haydn has worked with start-up companies in defining and implementing structure, business solutions, leadership, change management, competencies and efficiencies.
Haydn has provided services to clients across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Middle East & North America. Haydn’s record of achievement with developing and negotiating structured programs are based on his excellent creative direction, passion for quality, delivering on promises and professional approach. Coupled with his outstanding communication skills and the ability to influence decisions, these provide the basis to delivering successful outcomes. His skills are leveraged and derived from various industry experiences.
In recent years, Haydn is following his passion of sharing his experiences through course facilitation, consulting, coaching, capability maturity and international speaking engagements.
Nick is the Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Global Project Management Program at Torrens University Australia.
Nick is a certified PMI Program and Project Management Professional (PgMP, PMP) an IMC Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and completed both an MBA and MPM from the University of Adelaide.
Currently a doctoral candidate in the area of Supporting Project Success in Australia through the Implementation of Project Portfolio Management.
With over 28 years of industry and education experience, previous senior leadership roles have included Portfolio, Program and Project Management, PMO Management, ICT Management and consulting roles for various private and public organisations including IBM, Telstra, 3Pillars Asia Pacific, Business SA, the state government and Laureate Australia.
Projects have included the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the global roll-out of an expense management system into IBM Hong Kong, IBM China, IBM Taiwan and IBM India. Major data center relocations, infrastructure upgrades, agile application development, portal and website developments, change management and business transformations. While at Torrens University he has been involved with a number of projects including research programs, the development of the Master Global Project Management program, capstone projects and development of online platforms.
Born in the UK, Annie has worked for numerous blue chip companies throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. Annie worked for over 4 years as a professional Agile Project Management Coach and has over 20 years’ experience in international project delivery and executive coaching. Known for her exceptional stakeholder management skills, she is an engaging and articulate trainer and presenter on project management, Agile and the psychology of teams. She has presented at a number of forums including BA Symposium, AIPM and PMI.
Annie has been a CSM (Certified Scrum Master) since 2011 and had the privilege of working closely with Rob Thomsett, Project Management guru and Agile expert, over a 3 year period at National Australia Bank. Annie has enabled numerous project and Business teams to adopt Agile principles, mindsets and tools into their way of working, ranging from 8 person BAU teams to teams running projects and portfolios in excess of $100million.
Annie’s strength in Agile is demystifying it and helping people to adopt the mindset and simplify the tools both for work and personal life.
Gayan Benedict is the Deputy Head of IT at the RBA. In this role he was responsible for the establishment of the Bank's IT PMO and EPMO and lead the integration of the PMO capability with the RBA's project delivery, finance, risk, vendor management and enterprise architecture functions.
Gayan is member of the Bank's Technology Committee and is accountable for technology governance across the RBA. Prior to joining the RBA, Gayan lead Wesptac's Strategy and Enterprise Architecture functions. He has his honours degrees in Commerce (IT) and Law from the University of Queensland.
In his past time, he is a keen photographer and has married his interest in technology and photography to release several photography-related mobile photography apps.
Mansoor is a Certified Portfolio, Program, Project, Risk, Strategy, Change, Scaled Agile Consultant (SAFe-SPC), Speed Entrepreneur, Organisational Radiologist, Speaker, Academician, Practitioner, Consultant with 25 globally renowned certifications.
He displays his certification as “feathers on his dense hat”, awarded “Trail Blazer” during the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting at Phoenix USA for earning 7 PMI credential (PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PBA, RMP, SP, ACP), represented Australia in PfMP, PBA pilots.
His career, hallmarked with 18 years experience gained by delivering multimillion dollars complex portfolio, programs and projects spanning various roles at EMC Data Storage and Systems USA. Passionate Strategy, Change, Portfolio, Program and Project consultant, he has helped businesses to achieve their strategic, change, transitional, transformational objectives using “Pragmatic Portfolio, Program, Project Management Framework” ever since he donned entrepreneurial role in venture of “Paradigm Innovations” he has been engaged with large cooperates in Australia including the Telstra, Optus, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, Aristocrat, Citi Bank, Credit Susie, Volvo and many more
His commitment, energy and positive attitude make impact on people, organisations, associates with 683 Practioner globally to prepare, obtain PfMP, PgMP, PMP, ACP.
As Knowledge Management Lead for PMI Global, he is associated with Standards Committee, reviewed “Standard for Requirements Management” currently working on “Organisational Project Management (OPM)”, & integrating, rollout of ProjectManagement.com website.
Dharam is an accomplished Project and Program Management professional with 22 years of experience in Telecommunication, Banking and Finance and Government (Federal, State and Local) industries.
He has proven ability to bring the benefits of IT to solve business issues while delivering applications, infrastructure, costs and risks. He has diverse range of managerial, consultative and technical skills which have been developed over the years in various roles. His skills include effective and accountable decision making, change and risk management, project management planning and execution and Continuous Improvement. He has worked with global diverse teams in a matrix managed environment. He has led the end-to-end procurement processes and undertook customer and vendor engagement and management for provision of services and products.
He has analyzed the portfolio and made recommendations on the program/project mix to the decision makers. He has continuously demonstrated strong commercial acumen, well developed people and business skills and an unshaken commitment to client delivery with a proven track record of implementing successful projects; as well as maintaining service delivery excellence.
He is PgMP and PMP trainer, and trained 500 plus PgMP and PMP Aspirants. He is the author of The Complete Reference Guide to PgMP Certification, PgMP Pathfinder and PgMP Challenger.
He is the Founder, Owner and CEO of vCare Project Management (vCare). It was founded in 2011 and since then the company is growing at a great pace. vCare provides training programs, consulting and advisory services, resourcing and books and publications in project-program-portfolio management space. Its flagship training offerings support the needs in various certifications (PgMP®, PfMP®, PMI-ACP®, SAFe®, PMP®, CAPM®, RMP®, PMI - SP®, PRINCE2® , PRINCE2 Agile®, ITIL®) which are aligned to the latest Standards. Led by an able management team with an average of 22+ years’ experience and having PgMP, PfMP and PMP credentials, vCare is aspiring to be a world leader in providing the best training and consultancy services. vCare is a Registered Education Provider (REP# 3998) for PMI and is a training partner of PMI Melbourne, New Zealand Chapters.
Laith is the General Manager of EPM Partners in Australia. Laith has a strong background in Engineering (Civil), Project Management and Information Technology, and Master degree in Project Management from Sydney University.
His passion is to provide corporate and government Project Management Offices (PMOs) with well-deployed, well-managed and well-supported Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tools. He believes it can significantly improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of these PMOs.
Having spent his early career as an engineer on site and then as a planning engineer, Laith has been exposed to a variety of Project Portfolio Management solutions. He specifically worked with Microsoft Project Portfolio Management solution, since its early versions.
Laith manages a team of excellent and experienced consultants across Australia and has close relationships with vendors and institutes in the industry, such as: Microsoft, PMI, AIPM, etc. Learning and sharing knowledge with peers and professionals is what he enjoys.
Bill Allars oversees Portfolio Management & Delivery Support at AGL. He drove the implementation of MS Project Online and MS Power BI within AGL to consolidate project data and provide a mechanism for producing reports and dashboards that provide management insight into the health of projects and the overall portfolio. He has extensive experience in project governance and control, risk management and audit. Bill has been involved in the IT industry for over twenty years across the finance, insurance, toll road and utilities sectors.
Charl has spearheaded Changepoint in the Asia Pacific region since 2005. He founded, developed and led Changepoint's most successful international sales partner, Bluenova, which it wholly acquired in November 2010. He leads a regional sales, implementation and support team with personnel in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. This team has implemented Changepoint business transformation management solutions in over 100 leading organisations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in federal & state government, financial services, education, healthcare, logistics, technology, professional services, and utilities.
Charl has previously worked in project, program and product management roles delivering Internet-based technologies in Australia, France and California. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an Advanced MBA from the University of Western Australia.
Amany is a Portfolio, Program and Project Management Consultant. She holds a BSc in Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, Diploma in Project Management, and a Master of Business & Technology. Amany’s credentials include PMP, CPPD and MSP Practitioner.
Amany worked in a number of industries and organisations including Qantas, the Australian Graduate School of Management, CSC Australia, BHP Billiton, BlueScope Steel, Vodafone, the University of New South Wales and Transport for NSW.
Amany enjoys volunteering for PMI, networking with like-minded people and long coastal walks.
Chee-Peng TAN is the CEO of Business Technovise International Pte Ltd based in Singapore. He is a Strategic Services Consultant specializing in Business-IT Planning, Programme & Project Management (PPM) and PMO/Business-IT process automation. A past speaker in international PMI conferences, with a First Class degree holder from Imperial College, UK, he has more than 31 years of consulting experience in financial services industry, helping MNC clients in Business-IT Strategy Formulation & Implementation, Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, Performance Management/Benefits Realization and, e-Commerce/Digitalization Strategy and Implementation.
He was previously the Vice President, Technology of Citibank, Singapore. As Managing Partner of Andersen Worldwide, SC for Mauritius and East Africa, Mr TAN had successfully built, nurtured and transformed a 35-person team into 160-person strong consulting and system implementation outfit over a 18-month period.
Will has a wealth of expertise across project management, commerce and leadership. First qualifying with an Honours degree in Architecture from the University of Plymouth, UK, he has built up an impressive record of achievement, leading a number of large and diverse business divisions across industries such as IT, digital media, telecoms, and project management, in Europe and Australasia.
His previous roles have included leading the regional operations of professional practice, program and project management vendor Total Synergy and serving as Commercial Consultant to Asia Pacific project and change management practices driving business growth and improvement for Forbes 2000 organisations in the region.
Stephen Grey is an expert in strategic, organisational and project risk management and decision making with experience of public sector operations, complex public sector procurements and major private sector investments. He is a leading practitioner and trainer in quantitative project and business risk simulation. He wrote the book ‘Practical Risk Assessment for Project Management' and was co-author of ‘Project Risk Management Guidelines: Managing Risk with ISO 31000 and IEC 62198’, both published by John Wiley & Sons.
Stephen has been studying complex systems methods and tools for the past five years and is exploring the relationship between risk and complexity in projects and organisational management.
With more than 20 years’ experience working with enterprise management solutions, Rob’s charter is to strengthen CA’s leadership in Agile Management, and deliver value to customers and partners across the region.
Rob started his career as a planning engineer with a project management consultancy, before joining Capgemini in its Project Systems Division in London. Here he was responsible for implementing project management solutions for the ABT toolset in project and program office environments.
He moved to Sydney in 1998 where he held APJ regional professional services roles for both ABT and Niku. Rob has worked throughout the APJ region, directing major implementation projects, working with local teams and partner organizations.
Since joining CA in 2006, Rob has been responsible for building and leading Sales, Pre-Sales, and Professional Services teams in the Project Management, Service Management and Agile spaces
Rob has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French.
As the lead for Architecture and Security services, Ian ensures that SMS Management and Technology has the consultancy team in place to meet client needs for ICT strategy, implementation roadmaps, solution selection and technology governance.
With an engineering and project management background in defence and telecommunications, Ian has participated in large scale systems development with heavy emphasis on integrity, security, risk reduction and cost management.
In 1997 he ran his first ‘agile’ project across a multi-national development team. Since then he has managed or coached agile teams in consumer start-ups, government departments, utilities and defence contractors. His primary areas of interest include balancing architectural integrity and vision with resilience and responsiveness; using Agile estimation and measurement techniques to manage project scope; and the use of constraint, prioritisation and feedback to manage risk.
James is a Director in the Risk Assurance practice of PwC and is dedicated to Program Assurance team. James joined PwC in January 2016 from Australia Post where he provided oversight to a large portfolio of strategic projects.
James has over 14 years experience in both professional services and commercial environment that enables him to bring a unique perspective on transformational change programs, projects and IT Risk to his clients. He has worked on $500m+ programs, high-risk and high profile projects as well as smaller but critical projects across a diverse client base.
James is also passionate about innovation which combined with his experience in industry, enables him to develop practical solutions with his clients for projects and programs that require intervention. He is advocate for the value of Program Assurance in securing a successful outcome.
Jothin Vallathol has been in the IT industry for the last 20 odd years and has ridden wave after wave of IT evolutions. Having worked in the Identity and Access Management field for the last 15 odd years Jothin has worked across a wide spectrum of industry and geographies.
He is currently a Sales Engineer with SailPoint Technologies the leading independent provider of Identity and Access Management Solutions.
Peter has spent the majority of his career in State and Local Government although the first 7 years of his working life was in the hospitality industry with the Stamford chain of hotels.
Peter has passion for citizen centric solutions, information as an asset, smart business, connected architectures and government “getting out of the way”.
Peter has led the implementation of many large IT programs across government and is an evangeliser and thought-leader in new innovative approaches that deliver customer outcomes.
Mike has been working in State and Local Government for more than a decade, constantly challenging the established norms and leading transformational programs and IT portfolios.
Mike is not only an influencer in quantum leaps in strategic thinking, but has a history of successfully delivering large scale tangible business change through the use of disruptive technologies and seeking solutions for the ‘greater good’. With a passion for making a difference in the lives of everyday South Australians, Mike is loving the closeness to the community that comes with working at Adelaide City Council.
Wayne joined DCNS in June 2015 as the Bid Quality Manager for the DCNS Competitive Evaluation Process deliverables for the Future Submarine Project SEA 1000, and assumed his current role in December 2015.
He has previously worked as a highly regarded consultant with an extensive background in commercial, operational, government and diplomatic roles. He has wide international experience, managing large and culturally diverse teams, including roles in the United Kingdom, Norway, France, the United States, South East Asia and the Middle East.
Previous recent positions include Director of Sales and Marketing and Key Account Manager for the Thales Australia naval business group, leader for an international acquisition activity in Norway for Macquarie Infrastructure Group, General Manager Australia and New Zealand for unmanned surface vehicle company Liquid Robotics, as well as consulting extensively for the New South Wales government in the areas of strategic transport and infrastructure.
As a serving naval officer Wayne held a range of senior positions across the Services, both in Australia and overseas. Appointments included Defence Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Director of Communications and Information Systems in the Joint Headquarters, Director of the Australian Defence Force Warfare Centre, Commanding Officer of HMAS Melbourne (FFG05), Director of Naval Warfare and Australian Defence Attaché to France.
Wayne is a member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in the rank of Captain and is an accredited negotiation consultant with ENS International.