More influential speakers added to APM Conference programme


The Association for Project Management has added more influential speakers to the APM Conference programme. Edward Bickham (pictured), who previously worked for Anglo American plc and Hill & Knowlton, will be in the line-up along with Ken Scott and Michael Cavanagh. These three great additions will join Professor Eddie Obeng, learning director at Pentacle; Michel Thiry, managing partner at Valense Ltd; Jeremy Beeton, director general of the Government Olympic Executive; Ian Watmore, chief operating officer for the new Efficiency and Reform Group; Tim Banfield, director at the National Audit Office and many others on the conference platform at The Brewery in London on 20th October 2011.

Speaking in the ‘growing professionalism’ stream will be Edward Bickham who was executive vice president, external affairs at Anglo American plc with responsibility for government relations; public policy and political risk; communication; social and community development; and ethics. In this role he developed a cadre of professionals to undertake the social development and government affairs portfolios across business units and geographies. In particular he oversaw the development of a unique methodology – the Socio-Economic Assessment Toolbox or SEAT process – to improve stakeholder engagement at project and site level and to seek the best possible local development outcomes. Prior to joining Anglo American plc Edward held very senior roles at Hill and Knowlton including deputy chairman, director of strategy and managing director, corporate and public affairs. Edward has served as special adviser to the Foreign Secretary, to the Home Secretary and to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He is now a consultant specialising in communication, corporate responsibility and political risk, while undertaking roles as Trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management.

A perfect addition to the ‘delivering value’ stream will be Ken Scott. Ken started his career in the automotive supply industry, where he held management positions in human relations, production management, project management, organisational change and product management. He started a second career at 50 initially using aspects of value management to improve supply chain integration and effectiveness within the automotive industry throughout Europe. He has applied value management in a wide range of organisations in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Iran. In addition to automotive manufacturing, he has worked in aerospace, construction, oil and gas, utilities, transport, local government and the voluntary sector. He is the Institute of Value Management (IVM) nominated expert on value management for BSI and leads a European initiative to review the European standard on value management.

Michael Cavanagh, whose career in a number of business sectors spans 40 years, will be speaking in the ‘managing change’ stream. An independent management consultant since 1991, Michael’s earlier specialisations were in the fields of project management and the risk and ethical implications of technology, particularly with regard to safety-critical and safety-related systems design in software-intensive systems. In recent years, he has concentrated more upon the transfer of knowledge and wisdom in an organisational context, particularly with regard to good management practice. This work on experiential learning has led to his consulting activity focusing on the use of systems thinking techniques to perform ‘forensic’ analysis of major project failure and the ways in which lessons can be derived and implementing corrective process improvement.

With more speakers still to be announced, the APM Conference is a day not to be missed. The event is open to all with APM members receiving £100 off the full delegate rate. Ensure you don’t miss out and book your place at the new world, new project management themed conference today.

Delegate rates: 

APM members £350 per person*
APM non members £450 per person*



If you would like to make a corporate or group booking, please contact Vicki Orbell on 01908 398380. Alternatively please contact the APM business development team on 01844 271 682.

*All prices are exclusive of VAT.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.