ProjectChat 2017 Speakers

  •  Peter Terwee

    Peter Terwee

    Assistant Secretary Program Management, Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group, Department of Defence.
    Topic: Implementing Program Management in Defence

    About Peter Terwee
    Peter Terwee is the Assistant Secretary for Program Management in the Performance Management Division within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). Peter is responsible for the Program and Decision Support Centres of Expertise spanning the full capability life cycle and enabling CASG delivery of capability. Services and assurance Peter is responsible for include program establishment and government approvals, independent gate reviews, technical services – such as cost, schedule and risk ‑ performance reporting, policy, professionalisation and trusted information management.

    Peter was previously in Chief Information Officer Group (CIOG) where he was the ICT Senior Supplier for programs and projects within the Logistics, Finance, Estate and Military Platform Integration domains. Prior to this role Peter was the acting First Assistant Secretary for ICT Delivery (10 months), Assistant Secretary Finance and Logistics Program (applications) Delivery, and before that Assistant Secretary Corporate Services Reform with responsibilities including corporate support services, procurement and contracting, facilities, shared ICT services and whole of government coordination.

    Peter joined CIOG in July 2008 as the Assistant Secretary Defence Information Services within the ICT Operations Division. Responsibilities in this position included the IT Service Management (ITSM) program and processes, Service Desks, Distributed Computing services, Customer Engagement, Fleet Management, Mobile ICT, Central and Regional ICT service delivery. Some major achievements during this time included establishment of the Defence Service Centre Mitchell, Defence Change Advisory Board, development of the ICT Service Catalogue/Employee Self Service, establishment of the Distributed Computing Central Services contract and completing Regional Service Delivery Reform.

    Prior to joining Defence Peter was the Coordinator Reporting and Analytics for the Australian Federal Police, has worked as a consultant Project Manager for the Aviation Security Identity Card project, and held a number of project management and consulting roles with various Government agencies including earlier Defence experiences.

    Peter started his ICT career in 1987. Peter’s tertiary qualifications include an Executive Masters in Complex Project Management, a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Procurement and an Associate Diploma in Computing. Peter has Practioner certifications for Agile Project Management, Prince 2 and Managing Successful Programs ‑ as well as certifications in ITIL, LEAN SIX SIGMA, COBIT and CMM.

    Peter is married to Angela and their daughter’s name is Kiara. Kiara is undertaking an apprenticeship and is a keen soccer player. Mum and dad are enthusiastic supporters! Peter enjoys playing competitive and social tennis to counter balance his work responsibilities.

  •  Alicia Aitken

    Alicia Aitken

    Topic: Creating the Future of Project Delivery at Telstra.

    About Alicia Aitken
    Dr Alicia Aitken is Telstra’s Chief Project Officer, 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 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. 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 and is a director of the International Centre for Complex Project Management

  •  Rosanne Brand

    Rosanne Brand

    Partner at PwC Australia
    Topic: Transformation Programme Management: Embracing Digital Service Delivery.

    About Rosanne Brand
    Rosanne is a Partner in PwC consulting, where she is a specialist in Transformation Programme Management and Enterprise Architecture (Business Architecture). Her experience spans organisations in Australia and the UK, where she has helped some of the largest private and public sector organisations successfully reform and embrace digital service delivery.

    Rosanne is passionate about lifting Australia's digital infrastructure, and has supported some of the largest Government investments underway in Australia focusing on driving simpler, easier to use and more cost effective government services for citizens.

  •  Ian McDermott

    Ian McDermott

    Topic: Managing Successful Programmes (MSPTM).

    About Ian McDermott
    With more than twenty five years of management experience within the public and private sectors in Australia, Asia Pacific and the UK and having introduced both PRINCE2® and MSP® into the Australia market place, Ian is a recognised expert in the fields of portfolio, programme and project management.

    Ian has assisted various types and sizes of organisations to implement portfolio, programme and project management and in doing so has gained an understanding of how to apply them pragmatically and how to tailor to fit within different environments and cultures. He has led and supported the establishment, management and recovery of numerous large scale change initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Ian’s clients have included the ATO, Department of Health & Ageing, Department of Defence, Department of Human Services, Disability Services Queensland, QLD Department of Communities, Queensland Police Service, WA Police Service, IAG, Sensis, and Rio Tinto.

    As the Federal Government Lead for KPMG’s Transformational Program Management service line, Ian plays a key role in leading client assignments typically focused around the effective establishment and running of major government change initiatives and the establishment of best practice portfolio, programme and project management.

  •  Nick Lauder

    Nick Lauder

    NSW Department of Education
    Topic: Implementing benefits management on a large, complex and messy Government ICT Program.

    About Nick Lauder
    Nick is currently leading the Benefits Management function for large ICT and business reform programs within the NSW Department of Education. Previously, he led the establishment and ongoing management of an Enterprise Program Management Office for another NSW State Government Department.

  •  Alex Cramb

    Alex Cramb

    Topic: Project Management Circa ‘2025’.

    About Alex Cramb
    Alex works with PMI’s global organisations team collecting data, analysing trends and building effective networks between public and private sector decision makers. Our collective goal is to build capability in delivering strategy through effective delivery of projects and programs.

    Alex has held a number of senior roles in both state and federal politics, including as Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister for Home Affairs; Communications Director for the ALP’s 2007 federal election campaign; and as a media adviser to Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd. He was also a senior ministerial adviser in NSW across a number of portfolios, including Attorney-General, Environment, Emergency Services and the Arts, and immediately before joining the firm, served as Communications Director for a former NSW Premier. He is a Senior Partner at GRACosway, Australia’s Leading public affairs and corporate financial communications counsel.

  •  Dr. Keith Joiner

    Dr. Keith Joiner

    Australian Defence Academy/ University of New South Wales
    Topic: Difficulties in Educating Australian Project Management Teams in techniques for Evaluating Project Realisation.

    About Dr. Keith Joiner
    Dr Joiner joined the Air Force in 1985 and became an aeronautical engineer, project manager and teacher over a 30 year career before joining the University of New South Wales in 2015 as a senior lecturer in test and evaluation. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Director-General of Test and Evaluation for the Australian Defence Force where he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross.

    He was responsible for Defence-wide test and evaluation policy, ensuring all new capability submissions to Government had test plans, for conducting trials on all proposed new capabilities (prototypes and off-the-shelf), and operational field evaluations for new Army and joint capabilities. During his tenure in this role he testified to the Senate Inquiry into Defence Procurement (2012) and was tasked by the Service Chiefs with developing and implementing new reforms in test and evaluation.

  •  Stacey D. Wehmeier

    Stacey D. Wehmeier

    Department of Defence- CASG
    Topic: Implementing Centres of Expertise in CASG - Challenges and Opportunities as a Functional Lead.

    About Stacey Wehmeier
    Stacey Wehmeier is the Director of Project Controls Services in CASG, managing the disciplines of Cost Estimation, Cost Forecasting, Schedule Management, Risk Management and Workforce Planning Estimation.  During her 17-year career with Defence, she has delivered policy and services addressing Software Estimation, Software Quality Assurance, Cost and Schedule Estimation and Analysis, Contestability of Major Capital Proposals seeking Government Approval, and the delivery of an integrated program of Project Controls Services.  Prior to joining the department, Stacey worked in the Banking, Insurance and Electricity sectors.

    In her non-work hours, she is a passionate breeder and exhibitor of Bullmastiffs, and is heavily involved in breed rescue across Australia.  Stacey is also a very keen photographer.

    Stacey possesses a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics) and post graduate qualifications in Information Technology (Hardware) and Public Sector Management.  She is also a Business Relationship Management Professional (APMG International).

  •  Angela Tuffley

    Angela Tuffley

    RedBay Consulting- SCRAM Principal
    Topic: SCRAM: Controlling Risks and Issues That Drive Schedule.

    About Angela Tuffley
    Angela is a senior contributing member of the software engineering community in Australia and internationally. She has combined a distinguished academic career (Senior Lecturer, now adjunct at Griffith University, Visiting Scientist for the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University) with a high-impact consultancy career (Director of RedBay Consulting) producing strategic innovations and consultancy for optimising software intensive systems.

    Angela is a co-author of the Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM). She was a member of the Australian Federal Government Working Party for Software Quality Accreditation, providing ministerial support. Moreover, for six years she was an ISO/IEC working group member working to improve software development standards.

  •  Gareth Chegwidden

    Gareth Chegwidden

    Topic: Project Portfolio Prioritisation & Optimisation.

    About Gareth Chegwidden
    Gareth is a passionate project professional with over 15 years’ experience in project delivery and portfolio management, turning business strategy into executable pieces of work. Currently working for Telstra, Gareth holds the position of General Manager, Strategic Project Delivery, where he leads the execution of Telstra’s large charge programs. Prior to Telstra, Gareth led the Enterprise Portfolio Office for AMP and has held a number of positions within Deloitte Australia and Project Management consultancies. Gareth holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration (UTS), a Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, Statistics (Macquarie University) and is a Certified Practising Project Director with the Australian Institute of Project Management where he also holds a position on the NSW Chapter Council. Finally, Gareth is an Adjunct Lecturer for the Masters of Project Management program with the University of Sydney.

  •  Lawrie Kirk

    Lawrie Kirk

    APMG International
    Topic: Capability improvement – a Slogan or a Reality?

    About Lawrie Kirk
    Lawrie has over 30 years in delivering, consulting and training in programme and project management including the delivery of organisation maturity assessments. Advice has been provided on improving organisation capability and ensuring that benefits are clearly understood and realistic. He has experience in the natural resource management and IT sectors where he has delivered programmes at a state and national level. Since 2006 he has also delivered a course at The Australian National University that he wrote on developing communication strategies and supporting tactical plans. This has led to a number of international communication activities in the USA, UK, a large watershed project in India, the Pacific Science Association and USM University, Penang.

    He has a Diploma of Applied Science in Agriculture and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Science Communication. The MPhil was awarded from research into the science communication capacity building needs of Pacific Non Govt Organisations.

  •  Rob Edwards

    Rob Edwards

    Deltek US
    Topic: DCMA Data Driven Performance Management: Methods for Verifying Program & Project Health. DCMA’s new methods mean additional scrutiny and higher surveillance. But on the other, they bring greater efficiency, the ability to quickly and easily flag “high-risk projects,” and a monthly review of metrics in all guidelines as opposed to specific areas each month.

    About Rob Edwards
    Rob holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron. He is Deltek's Product Director for Schedule & Risk, based in the US. Within Deltek, he is a member of the Product Strategy and Engineering organization specializing in Schedule and Risk products. This also includes the IPMR interface and product integration

    Prior to joining Deltek. Rob provided specialist expertise to organisations in the implementation of practical cost/schedule and collaboration toolsets. These toolsets were designed to facilitate planning, monitoring and controlling work under any government or commercial contract mechanism.

  •  Neil White

    Neil White

    APM UK
    Topic: Benefits Management Supporting Transformational Change.

    About Neil White
    Neil has spent much of his career working in the Aerospace and Defence sector but in recent years has worked in the Transport and Government industry sectors.

    Neil is Chair of the Association for Project Management Benefits Management Specific Interest Group and a founding member of the APM Enabling Change SIG.

  •  Sean Best

    Sean Best

    Muru Consulting
    Topic: Scheduling Complex Projects.

    About Sean Best
    Sean is an experienced Project Controller and Project Manager. He has over 20 years experience and tertiary qualifications as a project manager and project controller. Sean has worked with a number of large complex asset acquisition including Wedgetail Acquisition, Classic Hornet Upgrade, Defence Air Traffic Management Projects for the Department of Defence and he is a recognised expert in his field. Sean has worked with a number of scheduling tools including Open Plan Professional, Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project. He has coached and mentored numerous Project Staff in Project Controls and Project Governance.  

  •  Patrick Weaver

    Patrick Weaver

    Mosaic Project Services
    Topic: Earned Value: Present and Future.

    About Patrick Weaver PMP PMI-SP
    Patrick has worked as a project management consultant, specialising in project controls since 1985. He is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd and the business manager of Stakeholder Management Pty Ltd. His consultancy work encompasses: developing and presenting project management training courses, developing and advising on project schedules and project control systems, and the forensic analysis of project data. He is a graded Arbitrator, a trained Mediator and an experienced Negotiator.

    He is currently a member of Standard Australia committee MB12 which among other projects is responsible for the Australian input to the development of ISO 21508 Earned Value Management in Project and Programme Management (due publication in 2018).

  •  Merv Wyeth

    Merv Wyeth

    Chanctonbury Associates
    Topic: From Business Case to Benefits Realisation: Theory and Practice in UK Government Projects.

    About Merv Wyeth
    Merv is Secretary to APM Benefits Management SIG and fellow of the APM. He is a co-organiser of the Business Case Practitioner Forum and a member of PMI Virtual Events team.

  •  Helen Telford

    Helen Telford

    Telford Ltd.
    Topic: Bringing Rigor to Health and Social Services Programs.

    About Helen Telford
    Helen Telford is an expert health consultant specialising in strategic leadership. Her background is in service development initiatives within a wide variety of organisations and cultures. She has a rare mix of business skills and abilities in managing relationships, which has resulted in the achievement of successful outcomes in complex environments.

    Helen provides advice, assurance and oversight to large and complex programs. She is called upon for her advanced skill in governance, strategy, clinical leadership and change. With an established base in New Zealand and New South Wales, she is currently expanding Telford Ltd into the broader Australian market.

    Helen holds a range of credentials and qualifications including a Bachelor in Social Sciences and Masters in Social Work. She has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2008 and has often spoken internationally in her capacity as President for the Project Management Institute of New Zealand.

  •  Dan Foster

    Dan Foster

    Topic: Project Dashboards: Performance Analytics Tailored for the Executive.

    About Dan Foster
    Daniel Foster is a seasoned project manager that has worked on both client and contractor side of major projects within multiple industry sectors. He has performed key roles such as project manager and project controls manager in delivering a project. As a certified CPPD, PMP and PRINCE2 practitioner with over 10 years experience in Europe, Australia, the United States and Africa he is greatly sought after by project organisations. His consulting company prides itself on being passionate about projects.

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