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A gallery of photos from our 2018 Future PMO event can be found at the bottom of this this page.

Please note: Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

3rd October
19:00 PMO Networking, Drinks & Canapes
4th October
09:15 Wellingone
Vince Hines
09:30 Keynote – Stephen Carver
Cranfield University
PMOs – How to fly Hospital Beds
10:10 PMO Global Alliance
Americo Pinto
10:40 20 Minute Break
Workshop Room Dark Side Light Side The Empire The Alliance Microsoft
11:00 Greenfield PMO
David Rodgers
Leading and motivating inside the Death Star PMO
Health and Safety Executive
Matt Warren
Changing Buttons on an Old Jacket – Don’t Let This be Your Organisation
Coal Authority
Alicia Eason-Smith
Culture Change and Championship; the Key to PMO success
The Church of England
Carlos Serra
The PMO Role in Benefits Realisation
Baz Khinda
Showcase of Microsoft PPM, the Tool of the Future PMO
11:40 Wellingtone
Marisa Silva
What’s in the Future for PMOs?
The Institute of Cancer Research
Michelle Durkin
Ben Brownlee
Leading Challenging PMOs
Walter Macharg

Enabling Decision Making at Crossrail through Governance
Allan Rocha

Personalised Project Management through AI
12:20 40 Minute Lunch
13:00 Fujitsu
Paul Jones
Shared Knowledge is Power – Building a Project Management Community
Leicestershire County Council
Scott Young
Investing in a PMO During Tough Times
Emma Arnaz-Pemberton
Developing Effective PMO Skills
Alison Moore
Making PMO a Success Where Others Have Failed
Microsoft PPM Clinic
Baz Khinda, Antonio Berra & Allan Rocha
13:40 PMO Global Award Finalist – Americas
BCP Banco de Credito del Peru
Andrea Sánchez-Salazar Accolti-Gil
PMO Global Award Finalist – Asia Pacific
Manulife Asia
Bianca Ilibasic
PMO Global Award Finalist – Europe
Tatra banka
Ľuboš Práznovský
PMO Global Award Finalist – Africa
14:20 20 Minute Break
14:40 PwC
Michael Cooch
The Future of Work – A Closer Look at Artificial Intelligence
15:10 PMO Global Award Presentation
15:50 Wellingtone
Vince Hines

Play Your Cards “PMO Maturity” Right
16:20 Networking and Drinks Reception
17:30 Close
Stephen Carver - Cranberry University of Management - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Stephen Carver – Cranfield University School of Management

Senior Lecturer, Consultant & Speaker in Project & Programme Management

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools; Cranfield. He has a reputation of taking complex management concepts such as Project, Programme Change and Crisis Management and being able to distil them down, into highly informative and fast moving lectures – often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”

Unusually, for an academic, he has actually has spent most of his working life in real business and still runs his own, highly successful, Project Management Company.

Stephen is an unusual blend of Academic, Businessman and Teller of Tales. He has taught across the World and has appeared on National Radio and TV.

Ben Brownlee – BBC

Programme Assurance Director

BBC Ben Brownlee is a Programme Assurance Director at the BBC, the world’s leading public service broadcaster. He leads oversight of major projects and change in the Revenue Management division, directing and assuring projects and programmes. Ben has a Joint Honours degree in Management and Computer Science from Aston University and a post graduate professional diploma in Marketing from Cambridge Marketing College. He is a member of the Association for Project Management and a past Programme Committee member at the Major Projects Association. He guest lectures on project management at University College London and the London School of Economics.

From 2010 to 2013 he led the BBC PMO’s corporate-level delivery and assurance of the corporation’s £2bn project portfolio. This included the Commonwealth Games, BBC London 2012, the Archive project and completion of the BBC’s new Headquarters in London, home to 6,000 staff, via a project called ‘W1’. The W1 project was the APM’s Programme of the Year for 2013.

Previously Ben was Head of Business Transformation at Oxford City Council, where he led a portfolio of 24 change and transformation projects, which modernised service delivery for customers and delivered better value for money.  This transformation programme was Programme of the Year runner-up in the APM’s 2009 Awards. Previous to Oxford City Council, Ben was a Consulting Director at Hitachi Consulting for 11 years where he managed projects in the public and private sectors. He was Head of the Programme Management Office for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and led projects in the private sector across financial services. He started his career at 3M, before moving into the oil and gas sector carrying out consulting assignments and managing projects in the UK, US and Europe for BP Oil, BP Exploration, Chevron, Pennzoil and Shell.

Walter Macharg - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Walter Macharg – Crossrail

Head of Change Control and Cost Assurance

Walter is the Head of Change Control and Cost Assurance at Crossrail. He began his career as a qualified Chartered Accountant with a big four firm, then moved to become Group Financial Controller for a property and financial services listed PLC. This was followed by ten years as a financial controller in Network Rail, for the Major Stations operation, and latterly for railway construction projects including the Thameslink and King’s Cross upgrades. Previously Crossrail’s Head of Financial Control, he moved into Crossrail Programme Controls in 2012, where he established the cost assurance function under the NEC3 contracts and leads the Programme change and Programme cost management processes.

His specialism is the interface between financial controls and project controls in the support of major project delivery throughout the project life cycle.

Michael Cooch - Price Waterhouse Cooper - FuturePMO

Michael Cooch – PwC


Michael is a Partner at PwC, and a chartered engineer. He has extensive experience working with senior executives, across multiple industries, to design transformational operating models.

This has included:

  1. Advising the Board of Directors of multiple Universal Banks
  2. Designing a ‘smart’ city and
  3. Delivering some of the world’s largest IT transformation projects.

Michael regularly gives guest lectures at Oxford, Cambridge and Cranfield on business disruptors and Megatrends.

Americo Pinto - PMO Global Alliance - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Americo Pinto – PMO Global Alliance


Americo Pinto, PMP, is considered one of the main authorities in the PMO topic in Americas, having more than 20 years of experience as a Consultant, Executive, Researcher, International Speaker and Author. He is Chairman at PMO Global Alliance, Professor at many universities in Americas and Europe and columnist of the PM World Magazine. He is a Ph.D candidate at Rennes School of Business in France, and in 2011, he received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in Dallas, TX, for his contribution to the development of Project Management practices.

Matt Warren - FuturePMO Speaker - HSE

Matt Warren – HSE

Head of Corporate P3MO

Matt Warren is currently Head of Corporate P3MO for the Health and Safety Executive. Prior to working in change and programme delivery, Matt was a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force, specialising as an Air Traffic Controller. On leaving the Royal Air Force, Matt moved to Australia and continued working in aviation, operating as a safety and quality manager. During this time, he undertook and completed a Master of Business Leadership with specific focus on Organisational Change and Strategic Project Management.

On returning to the UK, Matt was keen to seek employment in the programme and project delivery ‘space’ whilst making use of his organisation change and development skills. This led to Matt being appointed as PMO Manager at Allied Baking and Milling, Associate British Foods. The objective of this role was to grow the organisation’s PMO capability (which included a Project Server 2010 Implementation), whilst significantly contributing to an large business transformational programme. On successful completion of the objectives of this role, Matt was appointed Head of PMO at Health and Safety Executive, Business Services Division. During his tenure, Matt was responsible for implementing a brand new PMO function, implementing Project Online whilst supporting 4 key business programmes. Matt has recently been appointed to Head of Corporate P3MO within HSE.

Michelle Durkin - ICR Institute of Cancer Research - FuturePMO Speaker

Michelle Durkin – The Institute of Cancer Research

Head of Programme Management Office

A once self-confessed IT geek, Michelle started her career as a financial programmer at Reuters where she acquired the ‘project management’ bug. Ever since then Michelle has gravitated towards working in a project environment and now has over 15 years’ experience of managing projects and strategic programmes whilst mentoring and coaching staff in Project Management best practise across the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) where she works as Head of PMO.

Michelle has recently established a new PMO function at ICR which offers structured support and expertise for the growing Project Manager community and is also responsible for facilitating the critical link between strategic vision and project delivery. The new PMO was established in April this year and implementation is currently focusing on the areas that are adding most value to the organisation. The approach was designed with support using tools provided at the Wellingtone PMO Practitioner course attended by Michelle.

Paul Jones - Fujitsu - FuturePMO 2018

Paul Jones – Fujitsu

P&PM Process Champion

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in Project Management, with a successful track record in Project & Programme Delivery and managing PMOs. He is currently responsible for delivering the long term strategy for Project & Programme management across EMEIA at Fujitsu and supporting the development of the professional community by putting knowledge sharing at the core of their working practices.

He is also represents Fujitsu at the PMI Global Executive Council, a group of leading global companies who work together with the aim of improving project delivery within their organizations and the wider profession by the sharing of best practice and experience.

Scott Young - Leicestershire County Council - FuturePMO Speaker

Scott Young – Leicestershire County Council

PMO Manager

Scott has spent much of the last 20 years working in several central and local government organisations in a number of in senior PPM and Change Management roles.

He is currently the PMO Manager at Leicestershire County Council working on an ambitious Transformation Portfolio that combines a significant revenue savings programme with service improvement and development opportunities, including digital transformation.

Over the last 2 years Scott has developed and implemented a new PMO function for the organisation playing a key role in driving up PPM maturity across the Council at all levels. Part of this journey has more recently included the deployment of MS Project Online across the portfolio.

Carlos Serra - The Church of England

Carlos Serra – The Church of England

Head of Project Support Office

Carlos Serra has been working in project management since 1999 across a variety of market sectors, countries and roles for companies such as Exxon Mobil, Petrobras, Lloyds Register, Gazprom, Colart International Holdings and The Church of England. It has included leading PMO functions and teams of Project Managers, managing projects and programmes and implementing project, programme and portfolio management frameworks.

On the academic side, Carlos has been an award winner researcher, author of various articles, an international conference speaker and a reviewer for the International Journal of Project Management in the areas of Governance and PM best practices. He has been a guest lecturer for postgraduate programmes in universities such as the Warwick Business School and the Warwick Manufacturing Group.

In 2016, he authored the book ‘Benefits Realization Management: Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs, and Projects’ (CRC Press – USA), which has been first published in English and later adapted and translated to Portuguese language.

He is a certified PMP® (PMI), APMP (APM) and Prince2 Practitioner, holding an MSc degree in programme and project management (University of Warwick) and a BSc degree in production engineering (CEFET-RJ/Brazil).”

Why Should You Attend My Session?

In the marketplace, there is anecdotal evidence that very often benefits realisation management (BRM) begins after project start and stops when projects and programmes are closed. In this session you will discuss your experience in BRM with other PMO practitioners. The key takeaways will be real examples of how a PMO can support the organisation across the entire BRM life cycle.

Allan Rocha - PMOtto - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Allan Rocha – PMOtto

Managing Partner

Living in Denmark for the last 6 years, leads a high-performance team focused on using technology to drive business transformation at ProActive A/S.

Founder and partner of, the first Personal Project Management Assistant powered by bots and artificial intelligence, which is disrupting the way we manage our projects. Author of 3 books, main collaborator of several communication channels and recognized international speaker when talking about innovation and adoption of new technologies.

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton Wellingtone Director - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton – Wellingtone

Director of Consulting Services

Emma-Ruth is a Project, Programme and Portfolio specialist with extensive experience in the change management industry and a particular focus on collaboration, PMO conception & strategy, method and capability development. As the Director of Consulting Services for Wellingtone Project Management, Emma-Ruth is responsible for all services within the PPM DNA ethos; including PMO implementation, project definition, and PMO metrics She is currently chair of the APM’s PMO SIG, an APM Accredited Trainer, and involved in various project management charitable organisations. The PMO SIG aims to provide a collaborative open forum for PMO practitioners, and anyone with an interest in the role of PMOs, to get together, share ideas, offer support and advice to the PMO community, and to create valuable practice-oriented knowledge, which helps drive the PMO profession forward.

Alicia The Coal Authority

Alicia Eason-Smith – The Coal Authority

PMO Manager

Alicia is the manager of a growing PMO at the Coal Authority. She is part of a team that have grown the PMO from concept to a recognised, influential force. Her achievements during this time include the deployment and administration of MS Project Server to the project management community. Alicia has developed and provided training courses to the organisation for software systems including Project Professional 2013 and MS Project Server. In 2017 Alicia led the Coal Authority to the finals of the APM’s ‘Project Management Company of the Year’ award.

David Rodgers - Greenfield PMO

David Rodgers – Greenfield PMO


I’ve been working in PMO for 13 years, and always dreamed of specialising in the exciting adventures of greenfield PMO creation and set up. Luckily, I’ve been able to live the dream for the last 6 years and my passion for pushing the boundaries of PMOs continues, especially as we live with an increasingly varied demand for change, improvements in technology, and characteristics of key stakeholders are changing too.

Charlene Strydom - Stanlib - PMO Global Award Winner

Charlene Strydom – Stanlib

Head of PMO

I am a results-oriented Program Manager with 10+ years of experience driving strategic solutions and quality assurance initiatives in the IT financial industry. With proven expertise in project management, process mapping, client consulting, business analysis, expansion and requirements design, I have accomplished taking products from concept to launch. My extensive background managing projects with cross-organisational and cross-cultural teams has helped me, in directing and coaching PMO teams to develop well governed, high-quality projects that align to business objectives and achieving successful implementation of business solutions.

Marisa Silva - PPM and PMO Consultant - Wellingtone - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Marisa Silva – Wellingtone

PMO & PPM Consultant

Marisa Silva, the Lucky PM, is an experienced certified PMO and PPM consultant, trainer, and speaker, with a track record of building capabilities in complex organisations undergoing transformational change. A passionate advocate of the value of PMOs and project management, she is Secretary of the APM PMO SIG, a Senior Consultant at Wellingtone, and Programs Director at Project Managers Without Borders.

Marisa is the author of Bedtime Stories for Project Managers and the founder of in2PMO, a specialist PMO and business transformation consultancy firm dedicated to help organisations deliver impactful and sustainable business value from their PMOs, projects and programs.

Vince Hines - Wellingtone PPM - FuturePMO Speaker

Vince Hines – Wellingtone

Managing Director

Vince Hines is a leading expert in the field of Project Management with over 20 years of experience.  Vince has worked with organisations across the UK, USA (5 years) and Switzerland (1 year) helping them improve their use of formal project management tools and techniques.  Vince brings extensive real world project management experience to consulting & training engagements.  He has delivered customised training courses to 1,000’s of delegates.

Vince is a sought-after speaker, often appearing at APM & other project management industry events.  As well as being an accredited APM Trainer, Vince is also a Microsoft Technology Specialist and has helped a number of well-known organisations to plot their course to successfully deploy best in class Microsoft PPM solutions including Project Online.

Alison Moore - Home Group - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Alison Moore – Home Group

Director of Programme Management and PMO

Alison has spent her entire career in the field of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management, spanning a variety of industries including: manufacturing, pharmaceutical, aviation, IT, local government and housing, both in the UK and the US. She is a huge advocate for the great benefit which the discipline of PPM can bring to any organisation…and has enjoyed demonstrating this in several organisations who didn’t initially think they needed it.

She is currently the Director of Programme Management and PMO for Home Group – a national housing association, house builder and care service provider headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne. Having joined in November 2016, Alison has established an Enterprise PMO to lead the portfolio of strategic change programmes and projects which align to, and enable, the corporate objectives. She is accountable for creating both short and long-term financial value for the organisation by driving the agreed change management framework that delivers the defined outcomes, benefits and results.

Previously Alison worked for British Airways and IAG for many years, latterly in the role of Head of Application Services, where she had accountability for the delivery of a portfolio of projects and service management functions, including the 24×7 operational support of 2000+ IT applications used across IAG group companies.

They were interesting times…

Throughout her career, Alison has found that her degree in Psychology and her genuine interest in people, and what makes them tick, has come in extremely useful. At the end of the day the success, or failure, of any organisation, department or project is ultimately down to the people.

Antonio Berra Lopez - Wellingtone - FuturePMO Speaker

Antonio Berra – Wellingtone

Company Director (Spain)

Antonio is an experienced Microsoft technologies consultant with a specific interest in Microsoft PPM, SharePoint and a range of Office 365 apps.

He is highly versatile, with a background that encompasses both Technical & Project Management aspects. This experience has been instrumental within his current role within one of the leading Microsoft Gold PPM partners and as a virtual team member at Microsoft as part of the Technical Partner Solution Specialist programme. Both roles incorporate pre-sales, business analysis, project management & solution design elements.

Through his real-world experience, Antonio is well placed to educate organisations on the benefits of the Microsoft solution stack and to manage implementations to ensure a successful outcome.

Specialties: Pre-Sales, Business Analysis, Solution Design, Project & Portfolio Management, PPM Solutions, Microsoft solutions stack including Office 365, Microsoft SharePoint Server & Online, Microsoft Project Server & Project Online, Business Intelligence (SSRS & PowerBI), Modern Workplace.

Baz Khinda - Director - Wellingtone PPM - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Baz Khinda – Wellingtone

Senior Microsoft PPM Consultant & Director

Baz is an experienced Microsoft PPM Consultant and a Director at Wellingtone, a leading Microsoft PPM Gold Partner. In addition to this he also works closely with the Microsoft UK Project team as a P-SSP where he is often tasked with helping organisations address their PPM pains and increase their project management maturity.

He has been directly involved in a significant number of implementations across an array of organisations that span both private and public sectors as well as numerous verticals. With his background, Baz is well versed in educating organisations on the benefits they can realise through Microsoft PPM.

Andrea Sánchez-Salazar - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker - BCP

Andrea Sánchez-Salazar Accolti-Gil – Banco de Crédito BCP

Head of Agile Transformation

Andrea Sánchez-Salazar has led and participated in projects and portfolios for 20 years. She studied Systems Engineering at the University of Lima-Peru, and later an MBA at the University of Manchester-UK.

Andrea joined Banco de Crédito del Peru 23 years ago, leading bank in the Peruvian market, where she has had the opportunity to experiment in various roles of the organisation. She spent her first years in Help Desk and Process improvement of ITIL, CMMI, PMO and Business Continuity. During this time she was able to get to know and understand the areas of Software Development, Testing, Infrastructure, Operations, Architecture and Project Management; and how all these units were integrated and were key in the success of Projects and the operational continuity of the bank.

In the following years, she acquired the position of Head of IT Procurement and Negotiation, in charge of the relationship with suppliers and negotiating the demand requested by the Technology area and Sponsors of the Projects. This gave her a broader knowledge, not only in the relationship of suppliers with large projects, but also in the efficiency component generated by good negotiations.

In the last 7 years, Andrea has been the Head of Portfolio Management, beginning a process of evolution, specialisation and growth of the area, creating a path of continuous improvement and generating considerable value to the strategic objectives of the bank. As Head of Portfolio Management, together with his PMO team, she generated important changes in the way Project Management was delivered, introducing concepts of transparency, approach to business and agility, among others.

In the last 2 years, Andrea has added the Agile Transformation of the Bank to her responsibility, not only at the Portfolio Management level, but at the Enterprise level.

Bianca Ilibasic - Manulife Asia

Bianca Ilibasic – Manulife Asia

Head of Transformation

Bianca is a project professional with a strategy background and has a long track record in effecting change through determined execution. She has extensive experience in portfolio governance, transformational change management, development of business capability development, strategic analysis and execution.

Bianca has remarkable ability in breaking down complex problems, resolving difficult issues and communicating effectively with people. Bianca knows that successful execution is more than just a schedule and a process – it’s really about developing and managing relationships with the executive leadership, business stakeholders, customers, internal constructors, third party suppliers, your team and peers. Her substantial experience in these domains is demonstrated throughout all parts of the execution life cycle and directly contributes to her success.

Bianca joined Manulife in late 2015 and is now Head of Transformation, Asia responsible for driving transformation across the region by ensuring scalable growth, through digitisation and providing a more personalised customer experience.

Ľuboš Práznovský - Tatra Banka

Ľuboš Práznovský – Tatra Banka

Head of Project Management

Ľuboš Práznovský has been involved in IT development focused projects for more than 15 years. He completed his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Bratislava, Slovakia and this is where his professional career started.

His first two years saw him in roles such as a Bank Software Tester, Test Automation Engineer and Test Manager. During this time, he built an understanding of IT systems development, architecture, integration and the basics of project management practices. Three years later, he started leading testing departments and delivering software quality assurance services for two of the the biggest banks in Czech and Slovakia; Slovenská and Česká sporiteľňa. This gave him a broader perspective in leading people, coordinating multiple projects and experience with ever-changing priorities and stakeholder management.

Ľuboš has spent 11 years in management positions for Tatra Banka which is a member of Raiffeisen Bank International. Tatra Banka is the third biggest bank in Slovakia, with more than 3600 employees. During his first five years here, he led system testing and distribution channel development departments. As an internal vendor and project management client, he could see how it worked and evolved over time.

Since 2012, Ľuboš has immersed himself into the world of projects and portfolios. As Head of the Project Management department in the best digital bank in Middle and Eastern Europe, he got the chance to shape and influence the way the PMO is organised and delivers business outcomes to the organisation. He has lead the corporate PMO with 15 FTE, 20 concurrently running projects with yearly budgets circa 15 million Euros, working with the whole company in the project management area.