Stephen Carver - Cranberry University of Management - FuturePMO 2018 Speaker

Stephen Carver

Senior Lecturer in Change Project & Programme Management
Cranfield University School of 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.

Crafield University
Laura Barnard - CEO and Founder of PMO Strategies

Laura Barnard

Founder and CEO
PMO Strategies

Laura has been instrumental in bringing PMOs and Project Management to the strategy table for almost two and a half decades. She knows just how hard it can be to drive effective and sustainable change in organisations, having spent 15 years in the role of PMO leader and now she helps organisations accelerate business growth, evolution and sustainability leveraging the power of project management and the PMO. She has developed a unique and powerful system for growing organisational project management competency with a deliberate focus on driving high-IMPACT outcomes on every project.

Considered a thought leader in the Project Management community, Laura shares her insights and stories on the PMO Strategies Podcast, where she is shaking up the way the industry thinks about our role in driving strategy realisation. Laura welcomes you to join her community of IMPACT Drivers at

Laura runs several training and coaching programs that help organisations and individuals deliver high-IMPACT outcomes on their projects and drive organisational change. Laura is best known as “the PMO lady” for her 20 years of experience in building and running PMOs that Get. It. Done. while developing a high-performing team of IMPACT Drivers that become an invaluable asset to any organisation. Laura believes that project managers are uniquely positioned to help organisations have a greater impact.

She is the Founder and President of Project Management for Change, a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise the profile of the project management profession by showing the value of project management across the globe as the most effective enabling resource for delivering sustainable change in the nonprofit sector. Their signature event, the Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS)®, brings together thousands of project managers with hundreds of nonprofit leaders to change the world, one project at a time.

Laura served on nonprofit and corporate boards for 16 years including multiple Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters, Virginia International University, Goodwill Industries, and Computer Aid. Laura has a Computer Science degree from Virginia Tech, a Project Management Institute (PMI), PMP certification, and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification.

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

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton

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.

Presentation: The Wellingtone PMO Academy: Your Personalised PMO Journey