About the PGCS Organisation
PGCS is an organisation that has a simple aim - to facilitate improvement in Australian project delivery outcomes.
The organisation focuses on improving knowledge and skill sets across project, program and portfolio management with an ongoing emphasis on the governance and controls disciplines.
Whilst active all year round, PGCS has traditionally conducted an annual Project/Program/Portfolio Management Symposium in Canberra, with associated master-classes conducted by international guest educators.
PGCS is supported by a wide range of professional associations, federal government departments, universities and other organisations. This has a number of positive impacts including:
- facilitating input from a wide range of practitioners, researchers and academics
- encouraging a diverse range of views, and
- through collaboration, creating a unified professional voice to influence government and improve project delivery in Australia.
PGCS actively contributes to the bodies of knowledge in the Project Controls, and the Project, Program and Portfolio Governance fields by promoting academic and practitioner collaboration.
Key members of the organising committee are representatives on a number of the international project management standards committees and are influential in shaping the professional body of knowledge - this engagement influences PGCS and the annual symposium is a conduit for sharing updates, progress, and some of the thinking that sits behind the changes that appear in the international standards.
PGCS is not a project management professional body - it is a non-aligned facilitator that aims to bring project management practitioners and researchers together for a period where tribal allegiances are left at the door and the interchange of new and different ideas is encouraged.
The annual Project and Program Management Symposium provides a forum that brings together project management people to share knowledge and improve the governance and controls skill sets available to deliver successful project outcomes for the nation.
With a multi-strand program that is designed to provide value to senior managers, practitioners, academics, and people entering the profession PGCS is a unique opportunity to network with your peers, grow your career and contribute to the advancement of project and program capabilities in Australia.
Visit the PGCS corporate website for details of our academic activities and to access the free PGCS library.
PGCS Corporate Website
Patrick is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd. His consultancy work encompasses:
- developing and presenting project management training courses
- representing Australia on ISO TC258 as well as contributing to other standards projects and committees
- developing and advising on project schedules and the development of internal project control systems for client organisations.
Patrick is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Chartered Institute of Building. He has been a member of the AIPM and PMI for over 25 years.
Kym Henderson has over twenty years of achievement, to formally recognized high standards, following an IT career change. His broad ranging career covers Project and Program Management, Program Management Office, Software Quality Assurance Management and Project Planning and Control across multiple industry sectors including Government, Commercial IT, Telecommunications, Defence, Manufacturing, Utilities and some Banking and Financial Services.
He is the Chair of the PGCS Ltd which was established in 2019 to carry out more effectively the various activities of the PGCS. Kym was instrumental in re-establishing the PGCS as the regular annual project and program management governance and controls event held in Canberra from 2013.
He is also the Convenor and Project leader of ISO TC258 WG12 which is developing the ISO EVM Guidance standard and previously a core writing team member of ISO TC 258 WG7 which developed the ISO EVM standard (21508:2018) published in 2018. Kym was instrumental in ISO 21508:2018 being adopted (with modifications) as Australia's national EVM standard AS4817-2109.
He was a core team member for the PMI Earned Value Management (EVM) Global Practice Standard 2nd edition project published in October 2011.
Kym had primary responsibility for Chapter 5 "Develop Schedule" and Appendix D "Schedule Analysis Using EVM Data".
Kym was also the first non-US national elected to office at the Washington DC based College of Performance Management (CPM) as Vice President of Research and Standards in 2009, concluding his tenure as Executive Vice President in 2019. Previously he was the Education Director of PMI Sydney Chapter from 2003 to 2007.
Kym is a leading Earned Schedule researcher and Subject Matter Expert and has extensive experience utilising EVM and associated techniques on projects of various sizes and complexity in the commercial and defence industry sectors.
As the Executive Director Program Management and Controls with Synergy Group, Stacey is pleased to be part of a team providing quality services to Government. She has 9 years industry experience in the banking, insurance and electricity sectors, followed by almost 20 years' experience in the government sector. Before joining Synergy in September 2018, she led a team implementing major reform in Project Controls (Cost Estimation and Forecasting, Schedule Management, Risk Management and Workforce Planning and Estimation) for a large government department. She has extensive experience in cost estimation and analysis, focussed on major capital equipment and software, and in leading project controls teams. As a leader, she believes in being a positive advocate for her team, enabling their success in delivery and also encouraging their personal development. Stacey has joined the committee to support the growth of the program and project management, and project controls professions and networks.
Raphael M Düa researcher, innovator and writer of critical path software, Forensic Project Controls and Governance as a project management practitioner, a long career that includes 20 years teaching at the School of Architecture, Planning and Building - University of Melbourne and 4 years a member of the Medicine, Health Sciences and Nursing Faculty - Monash University as well as three years with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
With a proven record of accomplishment and performance on major defence projects spanning from Oberon and Collins Class submarines, Anzac frigates as well as F-111 maintenance over many years he has good team leadership qualities, complemented by excellent communication skills; committed, confident with determination to complete tasks successfully good at making tough decisions to the benefit of projects quickly and works to deliver on promises.
Raf has pioneered a number of project management innovations, including the Ladder Methodology and Location Based Resource Planning, has written widely on the use of CPM in construction and in Earned Value Performance Management
and Resource Scheduling.
Andrew Butt is a multi-skilled public servant with over 11 years' experience leading teams in the development of major complex project cost and schedule estimates, within the Department of Defence. He is passionate about the integration of cost, risk and schedule within the modelling process and strives to promote the benefits of probabilistic cost modelling in order to change the nature of the conversations around affordability of projects early in the project life cycle.
Prior to joining the Department of Defence Andrew had a wide range of experience in the public and private sectors, including supply chain support and analysis, data analysis, operations management, accounts receivable and retail management. This broad generalist background, when coupled with his project controls experience, enables Andrew to look at problems from every angle and share his many lessons learned.
Outside of work Andrew pursues his love of leading small teams and sharing knowledge by volunteering as a Joey Scout Leader, Group Leader and a member of the Scouts Australia
National Training Team. Andrew develops curriculums and helps train new leaders
as they come into the scouting community. Andrew also promotes cost estimation and
project controls in the wider community as Secretary of ICEAA (Canberra Chapter).
Peter Colquhoun is a former military officer whose subsequent civilian career has involved both public and private sector employment in a diverse collection of roles that have often had a common requirement – the need for management lead organisational recovery.
In his time in a uniform, he specialised in airborne logistics, long haul transport, and later, resource management. A graduate of the Army Staff College, he served in various unit, training and headquarters roles in Australia, as well as having the opportunity to serve with both the British and the US Armies - including time as head of the US Army Quartermaster School's Airborne Department, Special Instruction Branch.
While in private sector employment, Peter has held roles that have included national level logistics project management and as state General Manager of a major sporting organisation.
In the public sector he has filled a diverse range of positions to include financial and resource management, regional logistics management, national level logistics coordination and at one point leading and managing the recovery of the explosive ordnance engineering function for the Munitions Branch within Defence.
Peter is returning to the Organising Committee after a three-year break, having previously been involved
from 2012 – 2020 and as a Director of PGCS.
Consec – Conference and Event Management is a privately owned professional conference organising
company, based in Canberra (established in 1995), providing www.consec.com.au/services.html
conference and event management services) to association, corporate and government clients.
Consec applies their expertise in conference and event management by applying the principles of project
management to develop a detailed project plan for all our events.