Program Framework, Project Management Practice

The annual APM Project Management Awards

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The APM Project Management Awards are a celebration of the excellence in project management, recognising the achievements of both individuals and companies for over 20 years now. This year’s awards’ ceremony will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on November 2nd, and we’re delighted to be attending the event yet again. There have been a number of preliminary events dating all the way back to April, so the awards are greatly anticipated by all involved. The awards dinner is known for being the one of the most glamorous events of the year and is a great chance for people to really enjoy themselves whilst acknowledging the fine work achieved in the field of project management.

The awards are focused on the outputs and outcomes of projects, i.e. what they aim to achieve, and what their success gives back to the profession. Winners of the highly-coveted trophy (and winners in the past) act as prime examples of the invaluable contribution that project professionals provide in all sections of society. It’s a huge achievement to get to this stage, as finalists and winners can expect to attract national publicity – never a bad thing!

So who is APM?

Founded in 1972, APM is an award-winning association for Project Management, committed to developing and promoting project management through its “FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism”. As a registered charity with over 21,000 individual and 500 corporate members, it is the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. A special mention must go to the president of APM, Tom Taylor, who recently collected his Honorary Fellowship, awarded by the International Project Management Association (IPMA). A fantastic achievement indeed.

The event

The host of this year’s event is none other than Radio 4’s Justin Webb, presenter of the Today Programme. After spending eight years in the U.S as the North America Editor for the British Broadcaster, and covering events such as the 9/11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Justin was the first British journalist to be granted a full televised interview with the president. We’re delighted he’s hosting the event and are sure he’ll add enormously to what is set to be a great evening.

There are a number of different awards being handed out over the course of the event. Categories include Project Professionals, Projects & Programmes and Academics. Below are some of the awards that will be handed out:

  • Project Professional of the Year
  • Young Project Professional of the Year
  • Project of the Year
  • Programme of the Year
  • Project Management Company of the Year
  • The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration

Programme of the Year – sponsored by us!

The 2015 Project Management Awards marks the 9th consecutive year we have been a recognised sponsor for the Programme of the Year Award, and we’re thrilled to have been associated with the ceremony for so many years. Our Director Paul Major will be presenting the award, while the judges have the difficult task of picking a winner from this years’ finalists. So what’s the criteria? The judges will be looking for projects, programmes and people that have delivered “the greatest benefit to their client, project teams and wider stakeholders”. The criteria will recognise the essential role that the project management techniques have in delivering success, and will be split across 3 categories: ‘Project Management’, ‘Results’ and ‘Innovations and Lessons Learned’.

Past winners

Having sponsored the award for the previous 8 years, we’ve seen our fair share of deserving winners! Last year’s Programme of the Year was awarded to the Magnox Ltd for their Wylfa Extended Generation Programme. You can view their case study to see why they were such deserving winners.

Below are the finalists for Programme of the Year. Let us know who you think deserves the trophy in the comments!

The finalists

  • NATS
    For their work regarding the Management Programme of Airspace Capacity.
  • Ministry Of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support
    For delivery of the UK Ministry of Defence’s Rotary Wing Strategy 2009 – 2015.
  • Sky
    For their programme regarding Strategic Mobile Field Technology (MFT)

Highly Commended: BT Plc
For their Digital Transformation Programme – Barclaycard / Legacy Broadband and Ethernet Customer Migration Programme.

You can view the full list of finalists for every award category here.

Watch this space

We would just like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the finalists and everyone involved in the event. The level of quality from all finalists is a testament to the amount of effort put into their project management, and is sure to be prove for a memorable event.

If you don’t think you can afford to miss out, you can book your place for the awards ceremony here. Make sure to check back with us after the event, as we will be following up with the winners! You can also keep up-to-date on twitter by following @APMProjectMgmt, and find out all the results as they happen with the hashtag #apmawards. Good luck to everyone involved and we look forward to a fantastic evening.