Leading Challenging PMOs
Ben will talk about the challenges of setting up and leading PMOs from his career including: – managing the London 2012 PMO at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, – directing the PMO at Oxford City Council, delivering a transformation programme and – leading a PMO at the BBC assuring a portfolio of projects in revenue management.
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.