EVA18 London June 2013

Conference Dates
Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12  June 2013
Armourers Hall EC2R 5BJ
Tube: Moorgate

Earned Value Introductory Workshop with Steve Wake
Monday 10 June 2013
Tube: Holborn

Conference Day
8 CPD Hours
Workshop Day
6 CPD Hours

“Success is a project.”



Further information please contact:
   Tel: 0208 886 5594     Email: swprojects@blueyonder.co.uk

EVA18 sponsors and supporters

EVA18 "Success is a project."

EVA 18 focuses on Project Control

The EVA conference recognises Earned Value as the best way to integrate cost and time and the best way to monitor status and inform management for decision making.

EVA is a conference organised by a project management practitioner for project management practitioners and stakeholders.

The material is delivered, wherever possible by practitioners who actually have the experience of doing the job.

It focuses on the technical when it is cutting edge.

It emphasises people skills.

It illustrates with examples from the biggest most complex projects on the planet.

It is mostly concerned with managing change and making it work. Bridging the knowing-doing gap.

It recognises the plurality of views about projects and welcomes input from unusual, unknown or unexpected directions.

It is great for networking.

It is not in thrall to its sponsors and yet remains on very good terms with them and welcomes their continued support.

It recognises that women do project management too. And very well!!

It remains fiercely independent and is attended by people who want to be there.

We look forward to meeting you.

Booking status

There are 2 price streams.

Expensive and less expensive.

Less expensive is for individuals who are members of professional bodies that have something to do with project management, or are civil servants or are in full-time education, teaching or learning. From further afield if your association belongs to the International Project Management Association.

Or in the if you are Prince qualified or your organisation is a member of BE or MPA or ADS or PMIUK.

Above all if your organisation logo appears on the front webpage for this event.


The Daily Telegraph has just published a Project Management supplement and we thank them for it.

You will see that it highlights most of the areas we will be discussing at EVA18.



It is still possible to become a sponsor if you wish to support EVA raise your profile and connect with engaged senior professionals.

The Sponsorship Packages

Silver Sponsorship Advertising literature available to delegates Delegate list provided Logo on Conference materials 1 ticket for both days and dinner.

£2500.00 + VAT

Gold Sponsorship Table top and banner exhibition area in the networking area Advertising literature available to delegates. Delegate list provided Logo on conference materials 2 tickets for both days and dinner. £3500.00 + VAT

Platinum Sponsorship

Stand space within the networking area Advertising literature available to delegates. Delegate list provided Logo and advertising content in conference materials 4 tickets for both days and dinner. Special ticket rate for employees. Keynote presentation opportunity.

£ 7, 500.00 + VAT


Delegate Wallet


Conference USB

Post conference Drinks reception

Conference dinner

Sponsor a Workshop


We always welcome support from organisations which cannot sponsor but can offer help in kind. We are happy to enter into contra agreements for mutual benefit.

In preparation. Please get in touch if you would like to offer a presentation.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
0930 Helping your sponsor step up to the challenge.
Sarah Coleman BSc MBA FAPM FCMI FInstL&M
Business Evolution
1015 How to Be Upbeat in a Downbeat World
Roy Sheppard, Royspeaks.com
1115 Break
1145 Improving IBR (Integrated Baseline Review) outcomes through self-assessment
David Bright, BMT HiQ-Sigma
Craig Stansfield, Thales Transportation Solutions
1230 Resilience and Assertiveness
Didi Hopkins, National Theatre
1300 Lunch
1400 Making the Olympics Happen & Beyond: A Programme Manager's Perspective
Louise Hardy, BSc CEng FICE
1430 ??????????????
General Electrics
1500 What’s wrong with this picture?
Susie Boyce, Quintiles Ltd
1530 Break
1600 Guidance on which probability distributions should be selected across different levels of maturity
Dr. John Ahmet Erkoyuncu , Cranfield University & ACOSTE
1630 Project Controls
Graeme McNaught, SELEX Galileo
1700 Drinks Old Doctor Butler’s Head, Masons Avenue
1730 EVA Networking Dinner in The Armourers Hall
Wednesday 12 June 2013
0930 Have we lost our way with Controls?
Steve Elliott, Programme Controls Director, Crossrail
1015 The Davy Case
Steve Carver, Cranfield University
1115 Break
1145 Organisational Change Management.
What can the Project Manager do to successfully manage change?

Steve Carter, Business Manager, Petrofac
1215 Earned Value and Agile software Development
Steve Jones , Sellafield Ltd
1245 Lunch
1345 Facilitatng
Cath Convery, ESL
1445 What's in it for me?
Benefits realisation management and staff motivation

Dr Hugo Minney
1515 Break
1545 Business change in programme and project controls at Heathrow
Breda Ryan, Programme Controls Business Change Leader
Heathrow Airport Limited
1615 Delivering an Olympic Legacy
Lee McDonagh, MACE
1700 Close
1730 EVA Networking Dinner in The Armourers Hall
Materials from EVA will be available for download on or before Wednesday 19 June from www.projectcontrolsonline.com

Steve Wake swprojects@blueyonder.co.uk 0208 886 5594.

The Armourers Hall

The Armourers' Hall is located in the City of London on the corner of Coleman Street and London Wall. Moorgate tube station is just across London Wall or you can walk up from Bank tube station.

There are parking meters in Coleman Street and you can park free on single yellow lines after 7.00 p.m. There is also a car park entrance on London Wall by the Museum of London.

Armourers & Brasiers' Company
Armourers' Hall
81 Coleman Street

Tel No: 020 7374 4000
Fax No: 020 7606 7481
Email: info@armourersandbrasiers.co.uk

Workshop: Earned Value Management, 10. 6. 2013

What if a method that had international recognition as the best way to control a project were used on all your projects? It would not guarantee success because project methods can be poorly executed. But at least a commonly used and well documented method is easier to inspect and put right.

The use of Earned Value provides management with the best available method to assure the accuracy of the project information being published for use up and down the organisation.

So the challenge is to understand the theory. Check that the theory is in place and being correctly executed. Ensure that management understand and use the information.

If the method is not in place or in use then you should at least challenge the way things are being done. It might be OK. But if it isn’t OK then start a change programme.

Knowing the theory will not make you a good manager. Knowing what to do with theory and the context of the theory will make you a better manager. The discussion that arises from the theory will give it a context, a meaning. It will become real.

Solid, accurate project data should be the foundation of all our management conversations. You have heard of the house built on sand?

You are always vulnerable to uninformed challenge if you are not sure of your project status.

This is an area where you must and can be in control.

You will then be able to contribute meaningfully and with value in other management conversations.

Your knowledge will boost your credibility in this.

And this is where Earned Value and this workshop comes in.

About the presenter

Steve Wake has an MA in Organisational Behaviour. He's worked in the print, automotive, aerospace, defence, FMCG, insurance, I.T., industries as a project manager and consultant. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on Earned Value Project Management. He is a core author of the newly published PMI Global Practice Standard, Chief examiner for Earned Value with APMG and chairman of the EV SIG for the APM whose EV guideline is used for major contracts and is reciprocal with the US ANSI 748 standard. He also is the producer of large profile PMIUK Synergy events as well as the national and international EV conferences.


"What’s wrong with this picture?" 30mins

Susie Boyce

Director, Clinical Project Management, PMP, CSci, BSc CNS – Psychiatry

Quintiles is the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing services with a network of more than 27,000 employees conducting business in approximately 100 countries. We have helped develop or commercialize all of the top-50, best-selling drugs on the market. Quintiles applies the breadth and depth of our service offerings along with extensive therapeutic, scientific and analytics expertise to help our customers navigate an increasingly complex healthcare environment as they seek to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes.

"Improving IBR (Integrated Baseline Review) outcomes through self-assessment." 45mins

David Bright

David is the Managing Director of BMT Hi-Q Sigma Ltd, a consultancy that delivers sustainable change and improvements in organisations’ control, assurance and governance of their projects and programmes through the implementation of systems engineering, project control and programme management solutions. In April 2013 he will become the Sector Director, Defence for BMT group with involvement in all BMT Companies that support the defence market.

Craig joined Thales Transportation Solutions in 2012 taking up the post of Project Controls Manager on the signaling upgrade programme to the London Underground’s Jubilee and Northern Lines. This comprises the design, installation and testing of Thales’s proven Seltrac Transmission Based Train Control (TBTC) system delivering improved reliability and increased train capacity through improved signaling.

"The Davy Case." 60mins

Stephen Carve

B.Sc M.Sc C.Eng EurIng FAPM FIRM

Stephen is rated as one of the top 3 lecturers at one of Europe’s top MBA Business Schools. 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 fun lectures - often using “storytelling” techniques. His attitude is “if you haven’t done it – you shouldn’t be teaching it!”


  • Project Control
  • Project Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Power of Personality
Once upon a time there was an oil rig called Ali Baba. It was built in Norway in 1976 and for many years it plied its ordinary trade searching for oil across the world. However in 1989, this rig became the focus of one of the North Sea’s most extraordinary stories - a story of how an ex-diver dreamed of developing his own oilfield. The story charts the progress of this incredible dream from its humble beginnings, to its spectacular realisation and it’s final degeneration into a commercial and contractual nightmare.

A tale of warning and a tale of doom - the tale of a rig too far.

Helping your sponsor step up to the challenge." 45mins

Sarah Coleman


How can you educate your sponsor? Yes, you can choose your friends but you don’t often have the opportunity to choose your project sponsor. What are they supposed to be doing for you and your project? How can you ensure they come up with the goods and, more to the point, how can you ensure your organization is supporting the role?

Sarah Coleman works nationally and internationally at leadership level across public services and the private sector. She is an experienced Project and Programme Manager and has extensive hands-on experience of ICT and business transformation projects, and of turning around failing projects. She began her career in IT focusing on business analysis and the design, development and implementation of ICT solutions for Xansa, Experian and BT plc and for their global corporate clients. ICT has long been recognized as a driver for change, and Sarah found herself increasingly working with leadership teams to design and implement major change programs to support organizational strategy.

Sarah now specializes in business transformation and organizational change, working to develop capacity and capability for sustainable growth, performance improvement, competitiveness and efficiency. She also has a particular passion for developing the next generation of organizational leaders, and is a qualified and experienced leadership coach.

Sarah is a guest speaker, facilitator, blogger and contributor to various books and publications for project leadership and management. She authored the chapter “Dealing with Power and Politics” for “Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change” (2013) published by Kogan Page. She is also currently writing “Project Leadership (3rd edition)” commissioned by Gower Publishing. She is Visiting Senior Fellow at Lincoln University (Organisational Strategy & Business Growth), and a guest lecturer at Cranfield School of Management and at Nottingham Law School. Sarah is the founder and MD at Business Evolution Ltd, and co-founder and Director at Leadership 5000.

Business Evolution Ltd works with public services and private sector organizations to help design, develop and implement complex change projects and programmes to boost performance.

Facilitation 60mins

Cath Convery

“Have we lost our way with Controls?”45mins

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott is an experienced Programme and Project Director with over 30 years’ experience of developing and delivering complex major capital projects in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical and transport infrastructure sectors. On Crossrail he is Programme Controls Director and reports directly along with 5 other directors to Andy Mitchell who is the Programme Director.

Steve has worked for major blue chip client organisations ESSO, GlaxoSmithKline, BAA and Crossrail as well as major contractors Kvaerner and Balfour Beatty. He has played leading roles in both project management and project controls on large successful programmes such as Terminals 5 and 3 at Heathrow and is now Programme Controls Director for Crossrail, a role he has held for the last two years. Having been both the recipient and provider of Project Controls services and held most of the roles within the Controls arena, he is acutely aware of the challenges facing current and future Project Management professionals in project controls. He is passionate about exploiting new technology to support project teams and is also keen to move project management and controls away from some of the traditional, adversarial and cumbersome practices which so often stifle innovation and simply just get in the way.

Presentation Précis

  • Projects often lack an effective organisation model and structure
  • The absence of integrated controls in the UK – too many specialisms
  • The quest for detail & unnecessary accuracy is taking us the wrong way
  • A need to really embrace existing and emerging technology
  • Discussion

Guidance on which probability distributions should be selected across different levels of maturity. 30mins

Dr. John Ahmet Erkoyuncu

Service Modelling Engineer, School Of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University

Dr. John Ahmet Erkoyuncu is a Service Modelling Engineer at Cranfield University. His research focuses on managing and modelling uncertainty for cost. He has a keen interest to develop processes and software tools to facilitate enhancements within these areas.

Cranfield University: is the UK's only wholly postgraduate university for aerospace, automotive, energy, environment, healthcare, management, manufacturing, and security. Positioned between traditional universities and business and industry, we combine the academic rigour and long-term perspective of a university with the commercial and business focus of industry.

This presentation offers an insight into selecting suitable probability distributions for use in project estimation. It aims to enhance understanding of the effect of estimate maturity on the predicted outcome of costs from an early stage. Guidance will be provided on the fundamental question of does estimation to project outcome convergence improve by the use of different probability distributions, and is this affected by the maturity of the estimate under consideration. The presentation will also present whether there are significant differences in outcome spread and robustness across the various industry recognised distributions used in the generation of cumulative frequency curves developed using Monte Carlo analysis techniques.

Making the Olympics Happen & Beyond: A Programme Manager's Perspective. 30mins
Louise Hardy, BSc CEng FICE

Louise was an Executive team member and the Director of Infrastructure for the Delivery Partner to the ODA for the management of the delivery of the Olympic Park. A passionate civil engineer Louise is a Programme Manager specializing in the delivery of complex infrastructure projects [Olympics; High Speed 1; Transylvanian motorway project; Jubilee Line Extension] with an excellent performance record in delivering commercially successful high quality results."

During the period of 2006 - 2012, Louise worked for CLM – a consortium of CH2MHill, Laing O’Rourke and Mace who won the bid to be the Delivery Partner to the Olympic Delivery Authority for the programme management of the venues and infrastructure of the London 2012 Games.

Louise will talk about the logistical, political and programme management challenges of the i2012 programme with a closer look at some of the key Olympic venues.

Resilience and Assertiveness. 30mins Didi Hopkins
Skirting the Boards

In theatre, impact, visibility, passion, presence, vision, flexibility, resilience, authenticity, creativity and courage are all crucial components of performance.

Resilience and Assertiveness is about how to stand your ground under pressure. It looks at the crucial moments when dealing with assumed, actual or perceived resistance. It explores dealing with difficult, unexpected behaviours and offers techniques to stay strong when influencing - seniors, peers or teams. It gives you the chance to flex, adapt and change your style to meet the dynamics and behaviours of others, so you remain confident and in control.

I teach, direct, coach and consult, and maintain a necessary balance between the worlds of theatre and business.

In theatre my roots are in the tradition of commedia dell'Arte. Recently I worked with Richard Bean on his National Theatre hit play, One Man Two Guvnors.

Earned Value and Agile software Development 30mins

Stephen Jones


It is notoriously difficult to accurately forecast final outturn costs for project involving software development. The difficulty is converting performance of the project teams to forecast a cost. Often the best method that project managers have is to use inaccurate estimates for the cost of work done.

Over the last 15 years, Agile software development methods have been developed to deliver higher quality software, better and faster, whilst being able to react to a changing (or poorly defined) client need.

It is considered that EVM techniques were too difficult to implement effectively on Agile projects, and that EVM could not easily cope with changing requirements. This will be a discussion of “Agile”, what all the words mean and how EVM techniques can be used effectively used on an Agile software development project.

Stephen Jones is Project Manager at Sellafield Limited working in the Infrastructure directorate. He is the Chairman of the Sellafield Limited’s Earned Value and Planning SIG and a member of the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG. In addition he is a lecturer at the University of Warwick, and a Professional Supervisor for both Aston University and Kingston University London, as part of a Worked Based Learning Master Degree course in Professional Engineering, currently mentoring engineers both here in the UK and Indonesia. In 2011, he mentored the first ever Engineer to complete a Worked Based MSc, who then became chartered with IET. He is Chartered Engineer and Member of the IET, an associate member of the IMechE and a Member of APM.

Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Sellafield Ltd has sites at Sellafield in West Cumbria and engineering, design and functional support capability are provided by employees based at our Risley office, near Warrington.

Delivering an Olympic Legacy. 45mins

Lee McDonagh


In Lee’s 20 years of experience in Construction he has worked on Projects as varied as Widening the M25, Construction of a Station on the Jubilee Line Extension, Extending an Airport terminal to working on the Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre for CLM, in roles from Site Engineer, Structural Engineer and Planner. Currently he is leading a Project Controls team working for Mace as Project Management Partner for LLDC in the Legacy Transformation of the Olympic Park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Graeme McNaught 30mins

What's in it for me? - Benefits realisation management and staff motivation. 30mins

Dr Hugo Minney

The APM Holy Grail is that all projects succeed. In the context of benefits management and benefits realisation management, this means that all planned change contributes to the success of the organisation.

Benefits Management is the framework for managing and monitoring, but to actually drive success, we need the engagement and enthusiasm of motivated employees. So how can you get this, without spending more money?

It turns out that money is not most people’s primary motivation. If we can move nurses from “I turn up at 8am, see a bunch of sick people and go home at 4pm” to “I can tell my grandchildren that I did a great job this week”; and if we can move cable TV installers from “I drive a van and pick up a pay check” to “I help people and have great job satisfaction” then we can probably motivate just about anyone, by showing where they contribute and the difference they make. That’s how Benefits Management really should be applied.

We’ll discuss the present and future of Benefits Management, especially as it relates to staff motivation.

Dr Hugo Minney is a consultant with expertise in Business Intelligence and Business Transformation and with extensive experience across a number of industries including IT Services, Utilities, and UK Healthcare.

He's worked in Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, NHS Modernisation Agency, Improvement Academy for Health and Social Care, and the Information Centre for health and social care. Hugo is a fully accredited SROI consultant and a GP Practice manager within a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as well as his own business consulting into organisations.

Business change in programme and project controls at Heathrow. 30mins
Breda Ryan

Programme Controls Business Change Leader, Heathrow Airport Limited

Breda has worked in key PMO and project controls roles at Heathrow for the last 10 years. She is currently leading the business change for the deployment of an integrated management and controls solution to enable Heathrow manage portfolio, programme and project controls for its current and future regulated capital investment plans.

Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (formerly BAA) owns and runs London Heathrow Airport, Britain's aviation hub, as well as a number of other UK airports - Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton.

Heathrow is in turn owned by FGP TopCo Limited, a consortium led by the infrastructure specialist Ferrovial, which also includes Qatar Holdings, Britannia Airport Partners, GIC Special Investments, Alinda Capital Partners and Stable Investment Corporation.

The company is subject to financial regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Competition Commission. In matters of safety and security we are regulated by the Government and CAA.

How to Be Upbeat in a Downbeat World. 60mins
Roy Sheppard

A world class communicator and facilitator:
In 2010 he was the guest of the Beijing metropolitan government when he moderated his third World Summit for the Olympic movement. This was conducted in English, French and Mandarin.

In 2011 he moderated the same event held in Rio de Janeiro. English and Portuguese.

When the IOC (International Olympic Committee) held their inaugural global conference for cities preparing to bid for the Olympic games, Roy was hired to moderate extended, live and unscripted discussions with panellists including Sebastian Coe of London 2012, Dimitry Chernyshenko of Sochi2014 and Carlos Nuzman of Rio 2016.

He is the acknowledged European expert on building profitable business relationships through networking and referrals and has spoken at conferences internationally for many of the world’s largest companies. He has worked as a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University’s full-time MBA course. And more recently at Henley School of Management.

In this session, you will learn life-changing strategies and practical tips on how to be a genuinely upbeat person. Enjoy this thoroughly entertaining session that is also guaranteed to help you realize how upbeat you can be—without chemicals of any sort! Fans of yoga and pilates know about the importance of having a strong “physical core.” Roy will share his own methodology for developing what he calls your “Emotional Core,” including how to be emotionally stronger, more flexible and capable of dealing with whatever life seems to throw at us each and every day.