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Parallel Project Training Develops Prestigious Client Base

Parallel Project Training, founded in 2009 by John Bolton and Paul Naybour,adopts a personal approach to support organisations deliver complex project in an efficient and effective way. Since it’s launch, the company has built a prestigious list of clients, which includes top United Kingdom companies such as Network Rail, National Trust, E C Harris, IFS and DSTL. Both company founders have more than 10 years of experience in project management development and work with a small team of trusted associates, consultant and advisers to deliver both standard and bespoke project management courses for their clients and also for individuals.

Managing Increasingly Complex Projects

Mastering the complex projects and highly dispersed teams often result in communications problems and inefficiencies, with much rework and wasted resource. As projects get more complex, a common structure and language is needed so that different teams, departments and organisations can work together efficiently. Parallel Project Training specialises in helping organisation develop this common understanding of the language and processes of project management.

Advantages of Parallel Training

Parallel training offers many competitive advantages for organisations involved in major projects or multiple company initiatives in a wide range of sectors.

  • We offer a personal service with a consulting approach, we try to understand your challenges and design a programme to meet your specific needs not ours.
  • We use a wide range of flexible learning mechanisms including workshops, printed study guide, e-learning, virtual learning and podcasts. This means your people can learn at their own pace and style.
  • We have highly experienced and professional consultant trainers, who can adapt to your systems and approaches. Making the training relevant to your delegates.
  • Ultimately we are focused on delivering organisational change and an improvement in the delivery of successful projects.

Five Influential Clients Provide Enthusiastic Testimonials

Parallel Project Training has provided education and consultation for major U.K. organisations, which have received excellent cost-value benefits for their training investments.

Network Rail

The independent 2011 NcNulty Report recommended major changes in the rail industry including implementing customer-focused delivery services, creating more transparent project controls, and involving suppliers earlier in the planning process. Parallel Project Training facilitated training to explore the impact of devolution of responsibility to regional authorities for local routes, and increased collaboration with the supply base on major engineering projects.

The new structure for the company that Parallel Project Training supported aims to improved consistency, transparency and collaboration. It devolved  responsibility for decision taking to the regional organisations. Alastair Forbes, Head of Programme Standards and Planning, enthusiastically endorsed the three- to four-month training programme, which supplied innovative training methods to meet multiple objectives.

National Trust

The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation organisation, The National Trust seeks ways to preserve and restore buildings and land of historical interest. It delivers some of the most complex and challenging heritage projects and is seeking to introduce more rigor and structure to the delivery of these projects.   Parallel worked closely with the organisation to improve collaboration, reduce project costs so that the organisation could achieve more conservation initiatives, and manage modern renewable energy projects.

Mike Hudson, Head of Project Support at National Trust, delivered a ringing endorsement of Parallel Project Training by suggesting that the bespoke programme has helped to hold their managers to higher standards and streamlined access to accepted APM methodologies.

E C Harris

E C Harris, the leading International Built Asset Consultancy, engaged Parallel Project Training to tailor its distance learning programme for project managers. The organisation has offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and the bespoke Parallel programme provided consistent training for managers. The programme is delivered using a virtual classroom environment.

Alison Mitchell, Learning and Development Consultant at E C Harris, commented favourably on the design and quality of the learning programme. In fact, the programme for project managers was so successful that the company plans to use Parallel for other training initiatives within E C Harris.


IFS, major ERP software provider, uses Parallel’s services for bespoke training of its project managers. The tailored education programme focused on complex international products, customer training and service issues, which created challenging project scenarios.

Steve Boreham, Services Process Director at IFS, bragged that Parallel understood the company’s culture and objectives and offered practical solutions but never tried to supply services and training that the company did not need.


DSTL, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, sought to improve front-line delivery and contain costs. The laboratory is involved in major projects that include:

  1. Protecting against biological, chemical and radiological attacks
  2. Conducting maritime research about ships and submarines
  3. Developing armouring systems
  4. Offering support for procuring combat aircraft and helicopters

DSTL faces disparate responsibilities not only to procure technology but also to focus on research and development. Parallel helped to design a practical way manage the planning and execution of these high risk and unusual projects.

Parallel Project Takes Pride in Constructive Client Feedback

Client feedback and collaboration plays an important role in devising training programmes, streamlining communications and empowering dynamic interdisciplinary projects. Creating a strong permanent project infrastructure speeds project design and completion, saves money, allows better assessments of both big-picture goals and fine details, and creates a systemic approach to deal with project changes.

Parallel Project Training Business Development Director Paul Naybour explains that client feedback, collaboration and testimonials help to fine-tune training efforts and customise sessions to fit the needs of influential clients. Naybour further states, “We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious range of clients. We are pleased that our top clients have taken time to develop detailed client testimonials and white paper analyses.”

Parallel Project Training represents clients in defence, heritage, transportation, IT and construction sectors, working with both private companies, organisations and government systems. For more information, interested parties can contact them at:


Phone: 0845 519 2305


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