PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM 

CAPABILITY MATTERS!
Accelerate your Capability to Deliv
er Viable
Project Outcomes 
13 - 15 August 2024 | Hotel Realm Canberra  



Symposium Speakers

Symposium speakers play a pivotal role in shaping the overall experience and success of an event.  The PGCS organising committee aims to choose individuals based on their experience, expertise, knowledge and ability to engage and inspire the audience.  

Speakers are chosen from various backgrounds, including industry leaders, academics, thought leaders and experts in the project and program management field. 

Please view all our confirmed speakers below. Information on their presentations can be found on the program page once available.

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Keynote Speakers
Invited Speakers
Masterclass Presenters

Keynote Speakers

Profile


 
Chris Debble
  DEPUTY SECRETARY | CAPABILITY ACQUISITION AND SUSTAINMENT GROUP (CASG)

Chris has extensive experience spanning the defence, industry and commercial sectors and working with Government. He also served for 37 years in the Australian Defence Force, most notably as an Air Vice-Marshal.

His most recent appointment was Chief Executive at Northrop Grumman Australia. Prior to that he worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia.

Chris returns to CASG after previously holding the role of Senior Program Manager where he managed more than $25 billion of complex acquisition and sustainment programs including the Joint Strike Fighter, Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, Multi Role Tanker Transport and Collins Class Submarine.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Sydney. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2007, and recognized in 2016 as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).





 
Glen B. Alleman, MSSM
  NIWOT RIDGE CONSULTING LLC | COLORADO, USA

Mr Glen Alleman more than 30 years’ experience in Program Performance Management includes aerospace, defence, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT.

Glen provides program planning and controls on US government contracts, for flight avionics systems, embedded control systems, enterprise business system, and biopharma product development.

Glen’s professional organization contributions include Joint Space Cost Council developing guidance for continuous risk management to Space Systems increase the probability cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Glen’s most recent book contributions include chapters The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, 1st Edition, Routledge, 2019.

Journal articles and training materials or Risk Management, Earned Value Management, Government and Commercial Project Management. These works are based on a previous book Performance-Based Project Management, American Management Association, 2014 and contents in The Story of Managing Projects: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Edited by Elias G. Carayannis, Praeger, 2005.





 
Christina Snyder
  ICEAA Board President | International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Christina N. Snyder, CCEA® currently serves as the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Board President. Mrs. Snyder is a CCEA® certified cost analyst with almost two decades of probabilistic modelling experience and is a senior analyst with Systems Planning & Analysis (SPA). In her current role, Mrs. Snyder acts as a strategic advisor to multiple clients, delivering products such as business case analyses, analysis of alternatives, risk/opportunity quantification, life cycle cost estimates, cost assurances, and “what-if” analyses. Building upon her mathematical foundation, her recent research has focused on effective communication to decision makers and within teams. Wanting to improve the literature on how to communicate cost estimates in a way that would inspire action and resonate, Mrs. Snyder presented “Storytelling for Cost Estimators” at the ICEAA Virtual Workshop in 2020.

In 2021, she received a best paper award for her original research surveying the cost estimating community to question “Does Cost Team Leadership Matter” –discovering that the soft skills of the cost team lead ultimately do impact team effectiveness. Knowing that technical skills alone will only take estimators so far, her 2022 paper “CE2: Communication and Empowerment for Cost Estimators” leveraged communication and empowerment training to demonstrate how all cost estimators can use soft skills to exponentially impact their analyses. Both of these papers were then published in the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics.

In addition to continuously supporting the annual ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop, she has presented training to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Canadian National Defence Virtual Comptrollers’ Conference. Ms. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics from Virginia Tech.





 
Anne Bamford OBE
  Director | 
International Research Agency & President | Education Inspiring Peace Laboratory

An educational futurist, Professor Dr Anne Bamford OBE is Director of the International Research Agency and President of the Education Inspiring Peace Laboratory and was the former Strategic Education and Skills Director for the City of London. Anne has been recognised nationally and internationally for her research in fusion skills, emerging literacies, and visual communication. She is an expert in the international dimension of education and skills and talent development and through her research, she has pursued issues of creativity, innovation, social impact and equity and diversity.





 
Jo Dawson
  Chief Systems Engineer | Department of Defence

Jo Dawson has joined The Engineering and Technical (E&T) team as the new E&T Function Chief Systems Engineer and as her mantra is,’ take opportunities and build networks’. I am sure if you have not spoken to Jo already there is a plan in place to do so in the near future. 

Jo has moved into Defence from ACT Government where she managed the Light Rail Public Private Partnership, before that Jo worked for Team Downer MSP where she lead delivery support to defence projects, Jo has had a significant career in engineering, stating that when she started out in engineering she was ready to work on anything. “Engineering pretty much lets you do anything, gives you that ability to approach problems in a structured manner and to basically solve problems,” 

Engineering is a structure by which you do it, and it doesn’t really matter what the problem is, be it buying an aircraft, a ship, a tank, a train, or whatever — but also organisational systems.” 

Jo began her career in the United Kingdom, focusing on Systems Engineering, gaining practical experience with BAE Systems, and remained with BAE after graduating, which allowed her to work on everything from Hawk fighters to Nimrod surveillance aircraft. It also taught her the value of networking. “It’s not just the training that you do, but it’s the on-the-job experience and what you can learn from other people that really helps you,” She then worked for Praxis Critical Systems a specialist safety critical software and safety consultancy on programs such as NATO ACCS and the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier. Jo moved to QinetiQ Boscombe Down with Fast Jet and Rotary Test and Evaluation as well as supporting the prototype Fast Landing Craft Technology demonstrator program. 

When Jo moved to Australia she became Chartered in Australia, having had received the UK’s equivalent qualification, she has subsequently achieved her Fellow and EngExec qualification with Engineers Australia.



Invited Speakers



 
Mark Jeffries
  Partner, Defence Strategy and Industry | Synergy Group

I am currently focused on building Synergy's strategic policy and performance capability to provide coherent, evidence-based and decision-ready documentation for Defence and the national security community. Creating a strategy is only the start - our focus should also be on how that strategy is implemented through clear policy, how policy is executed through governance that provides assurance and accountability, and finally how performance is measured and reported.





 
Dan Way
  CEO | INFINITIO2

Dan has spent the last 25 years delivering and expediting complex solutions across government and the private sector.

Dan is a versatile Delivery Executive who specialises in best practice engineering, delivery disciplines and empowering teams to deliver mission critical outcomes quickly and efficiently.

He has spent the last two and a half decades establishing and delivering large transformational programs across multiple industries.

His strong leadership skills and pragmatic approach to strategy development, delivery, governance and critical path management has been refined by lessons learnt across multiple challenging industry sectors. 





 
Robert Osei-Kyei
  Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management | Western Sydney University

Presenter - Dr. Robert Osei -Kyei - Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management, Western Sydney University.

Research Project Team:
This study is sponsored by the Project Governance and Controls Symposium (PGCS) , Australia. The research team includes Dr. Robert Osei-Kyei, Associate Prof. Xiaohua Jin, Mr Isaac Akomea-and Frimpong from Western Sydney University; Mr James Bawtree from PMLogic and Mr Collin Smith from International Centre for Complex Project Management





 
Emiliya Suprun
  Lecturer | University of New South Wales, Canberra

Dr Emiliya Suprun is a Lecturer in Systems Engineering at the School of Systems and Computing (SYSCOM) and Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra. 

Dr Suprun has worked on numerous research and consultancy projects with a range of large interdisciplinary teams in engineering, construction and environmental engineering and management research. Her PhD research was focused on modelling an innovation system in the context of the construction industry. Her research interests include digital engineering and industry digital transformation, systems modelling, scenario analysis, project management and operational research methods. Dr Suprun has been working closely with government agencies on projects associated with digital engineering, digital asset information management frameworks and industry digital transformation maturity.





 
Collin Smith
  CEO and Managing Director | International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM)

Collin has over 23 years of commercial and management experience in a variety of senior roles across various industry sectors.  Before moving to Australia, Collin spent 8 years as a Director and Principle Consultant for a boutique business transformation management consultancy in South Africa with a particular focus on strategy development and change management.  Collin’s Australian experience includes working for Queensland University of Technology where his responsibilities included the program management of QUT’s Executive MBA in Complex Project Management in Canberra as well as a series of customised customer specific and public executive education courses.  More recently, he was a Principle Consultant and business transformation practice lead for a local Canberra based consulting firm before joining ICCPM. Collin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Marketing Management) and a Master of Business Administration degree (General Strategic Management) and is a past member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), The Southern African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of Southern Africa (IMCSA).





 
Naomi Mathers
  Director, Industry Liason and Member Services | International Centre for Complex Project                Management (ICCPM)

Naomi works across government, defence, industry, academia and education to establish collaborative projects and build the capability needed to position Australian industry for future success. Previous projects included the establishment of Australia’s first space environmental test facility, the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC). Naomi is an experienced board director, having served on the boards of the DFAT Australia-Korea Foundation, the Space Industry Association of Australia (Deputy Chair), the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council, the International Space Education Board, and the ARC Training Centre for CubeSats, UAVs, and their Applications (CUAVA).  Naomi has a PhD, a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) and an Executive MBA. 





 
Shankar Sankaran
  Professor | University of Technology Sydney

Shankar Sankaran is a Professor of Organisational Project Management at the University of Technology Sydney and researches project leadership and governance. He is a member of the College of Leadership and Management at Engineers Australia in its Sydney Division. He leads an initiative to develop the capability of Engineers in project governance to improve the performance of major projects





 
Tom Crow
  Management and Project Consultant | Project Chambers

Tom is a graduate civil engineer with a Master’s Degree in Building Science and a Doctorate in Strategic Planning of Infrastructure Projects. He has practised as a certified management consultant for 40 years and is also an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional. 

His experience encompasses all leadership and management responsibilities in the construction industry from project governance to client development manager, delivery strategic planning, team coach, management of change, post graduate trainer, performance auditor, project manager, supply chain manager and project controls. 

With this all-encompassing experience, in 2004 he was awarded a Doctorate in Strategic Planning of Projects. This included preparation of Maturity Models that assisted the effective formation, implementation and auditing of Project Governance Boards so as to achieve outstanding project development outcomes.





 
Ted Tooher
  Director | Tooher Gale & Associates.

Ted after qualifying in Computer Science and Civil Engineering he started as a Main Roads, Works Engineer for 200 staff and roads, bridges, and ferries. From these beginnings he went onto bigger projects including IT Health reform, and education. In 1980 with a master in Project management he moved to Project Management consulting in strategic planning, economic analysis, asset recycling, and gateway reviews for Health, Education, urban land, housing, Transport, Nuclear Fusion and Fission, Oil, and gas, Highrise, Industrial, Energy supply. He founded consulting companies in the UK, and Australia, including TSA Management in 1990, now over 500 staff. He served as Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Associate Professor, lecturing in Project Management. Author of several papers on Risk management and Complexity on projects he specialises in Economic analysis and Project Governance and gateway reviews.



Masterclass Presenters



 
Glen B. Alleman, MSSM
  NIWOT RIDGE CONSULTING LLC | COLORADO, USA

Mr Glen Alleman more than 30 years’ experience in Program Performance Management includes aerospace, defence, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT.

Glen provides program planning and controls on US government contracts, for flight avionics systems, embedded control systems, enterprise business system, and biopharma product development.

Glen’s professional organization contributions include Joint Space Cost Council developing guidance for continuous risk management to Space Systems increase the probability cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Glen’s most recent book contributions include chapters The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, 1st Edition, Routledge, 2019.

Journal articles and training materials or Risk Management, Earned Value Management, Government and Commercial Project Management. These works are based on a previous book Performance-Based Project Management, American Management Association, 2014 and contents in The Story of Managing Projects: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Edited by Elias G. Carayannis, Praeger, 2005.





 
Christina Snyder
  ICEAA Board President | International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association

Christina N. Snyder, CCEA® currently serves as the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Board President. Mrs. Snyder is a CCEA® certified cost analyst with almost two decades of probabilistic modelling experience and is a senior analyst with Systems Planning & Analysis (SPA). In her current role, Mrs. Snyder acts as a strategic advisor to multiple clients, delivering products such as business case analyses, analysis of alternatives, risk/opportunity quantification, life cycle cost estimates, cost assurances, and “what-if” analyses. Building upon her mathematical foundation, her recent research has focused on effective communication to decision makers and within teams. Wanting to improve the literature on how to communicate cost estimates in a way that would inspire action and resonate, Mrs. Snyder presented “Storytelling for Cost Estimators” at the ICEAA Virtual Workshop in 2020.

In 2021, she received a best paper award for her original research surveying the cost estimating community to question “Does Cost Team Leadership Matter” –discovering that the soft skills of the cost team lead ultimately do impact team effectiveness. Knowing that technical skills alone will only take estimators so far, her 2022 paper “CE2: Communication and Empowerment for Cost Estimators” leveraged communication and empowerment training to demonstrate how all cost estimators can use soft skills to exponentially impact their analyses. Both of these papers were then published in the Journal of Cost Analysis & Parametrics.

In addition to continuously supporting the annual ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop, she has presented training to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Canadian National Defence Virtual Comptrollers’ Conference. Ms. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Computational Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics from Virginia Tech.





 Val Jonas

  CEO | Risk Decisions Group

Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998 and is a recognised global risk management specialist. She works closely with clients, runs risk masterclasses, and leads conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues across project, product, business, strategic and enterprise risk management. She advises organisations implementing Risk Decisions’ Predict! risk management system, and has many white papers, articles and presentations to her name.

She is risk subject matter expert to ISO and BSI committees (ISO 258/WG12 Earned Value Management and BSI 202001 Project Controls), non-executive director for the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and Chair of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) Risk Leadership special interest group. Val was involved in the UK Office of Government Commerce's 'Management of Risk' guidance and collaborated on risk management guidance with the Association of Project Management, Project Management Institute, College of Performance Management and US National Defence Industry Association.

Risk Decisions develops and sells the Predict! risk management software and supporting services to global organisations, to help bring major projects in on-time and on-budget.

Val has a joint honours BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford University.

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