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The annual celebration of project excellence returns

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Project Managers today have to ensure they’re constantly keeping up to date within the industry in order to give projects the cutting edge. Whether it’s identifying agile practices, implementing digital transformation or understanding requirements, the world of project management is expanding and professionals need to do all they can to keep up. Thankfully, there are a number of talks, events and opportunities to help you do so.


The annual Association for Project Management (APM) awards are back for 2016, and we’re very happy to be attending the event once again after its record-breaking success last year!

APM will be hosting the awards on the 7th November in London, recognising individuals, companies and their project management accomplishments. Independently judged on the outcome of projects, we’re expecting to see faces old and new that have excelled in project management practice over the past year. Program Framework will be sponsoring the Programme of the Year Award, as has become a recent tradition!

Perfecting project management

Founded in 1972, APM is an award-winning association for project management, committed to developing and promoting the practice 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.

The APM Project Management Awards have been celebrating invaluable contributions from project management professionals for over 20 years. The APM Awards look to celebrate the achievements of those at the pinnacle of the profession; finalists and winners of the awards can proudly claim to be among the very best in the project management profession.

What categories do the awards recognise?

Project professional awards

  • Project Professional of the Year
  • Young Project Professional of the Year

Project and programme awards

  • Project of the Year
  • Programme of the Year
  • Social Project of the Year
  • Overseas Project of the Year
  • IT Project of the Year

Academic awards

  • Herbert Walton Award
  • Geoffrey Trimble Award
  • Brian Willis Award

Other categories

  • Project Management Company of the Year
  • Shell HSSE Award
  • Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration

You can view each of the three finalists for each category here – congratulations to all finalists and finalists for Programme of the Year: QinetiQ, Met Office and Heathrow Airport.

The awards dinner is known for being the highlight of the night – a great chance for people to really enjoy themselves whilst acknowledging the fine work achieved in the field of project management.

To see all the information on the finalists, winners and everything in between as it unfolds, you can follow the hashtag #APMAwards on Twitter. We hope to see you there!

Realising the organisation’s strategic ambition

As the UK’s major project management association, the APM Awards are just one of the many events the association hosts across the year. Another important event for the calendar will be held on 29th September at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester where APM are hosting an event focused on Realising the organisation’s strategic ambition, presented by Program Framework’s director, Paul Major. Running from 6pm-8pm, Paul will be speaking on changing business priorities and how you should be adapting.

“In a world of continual change, being good at “business as usual” is no longer enough. We must be able to realise our strategic ambition and deliver strategic initiatives flawlessly (or kill them quickly!).”

Paul’s session will discuss how you can build a strategic delivery capability to gain support in turning business strategy into business action. The session will aim to help you learn the language to educate your CEO on the benefits of project management and elevate the role of project and programme management to the board level.

Paul has over 20 years of experience in managing performance and delivering strategic change, primarily in multinational corporations. From roles as an entrepreneur, programme leader, finance director and operations manager, he has gained a unique insight into the challenges of creating, delivering and realising sustained benefits from complex organisational change.

Over recent years, Paul has focused on how to enable competitive advantage through effective implementation of portfolio, programme and project process, collaboration and control solutions. In addition to speaking at international conferences, Paul regularly writes thought leadership articles for the industry press. His current topics of interest include the integration of the next generation of employees into the workplace and the use of social media tools to encourage the sharing of knowledge and development of communities of practice.

Just over a month away, you can book your place for the event now. The session is free for APM members and employees, and just £10 for non-members. We hope to see you all there!



For more information on the best upcoming project management events near you, contact Program Framework today.