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Mr Oliver Baker, BEng MSc CEng MIET MAPM
Ministry of Defence
Submarine Delivery Agency
An experienced Project Controls Leader, I have spent most of the last 10 years managing diverse teams in the design, implementation and delivery of project controls in complex and highly regulated environments across the Defence sector, including the Nuclear Deterrent Replacement Programme.
During my time at the Ministry of Defence, I have led teams during two departmental transformation programmes and, consequently, am accustomed to setting strategic direction and leading through ambiguity, whilst managing the demands of competing stakeholders and ensuring alignment of organisation objectives.
Originally from a Project Management and Engineering background, I have an excellent appreciation of how project controls can support complex projects in driving performance, managing risk and, ultimately, achieving project goals.
Presentation: Suppliers – Harmonising the Relationship
Ms Loretta Bayliss
Group CEO of Prescience Group
Loretta Bayliss is Group CEO of Prescience Group, and founder of the group's flagship entity Prescience Technology and its sister company, Prescience Technology Singapore; and co founder of Prescience 3PO. Loretta is a Non-Executive Director of the established not-for profit Crohn's and Colitis Australia and she is an avid fan of and fundraiser for Act for Kids, the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, the Mark Hughes Foundation and UN Women Australia. Outside of her professional and philanthropic commitments, Loretta is a Mum of twins and a teenager, a hiker, runner, MTB enthusiast and general outdoor adventurer.
Loretta founded the Prescience Group in 2005 while on maternity leave after her first child, with a clear purpose to create confidence in the future of capital projects performance through improved use of technology. The group now employs almost 30 people and operates in five Australian capital cities, as well as Singapore.
During her career in the traditionally male dominated IT, mining, resources and construction industries, Loretta has demonstrated an ability to inspire, motivate, grow and manage energised, focused and highly performing teams. She enjoys solving problems - from the fun of her kids' worlds through to highly complex scenarios she sees in her work environment – and is passionate about driving tangible business and project improvement through innovation and technology.
Loretta has led her team through significant adversity, emerging with quiet strength and renewed determination. She is proof that hard work, perseverance, resilience, creativity and humour are key ingredients to successfully navigating the reality of leading in a diverse and rapidly evolving pandemic constrained world.
Ms Jo-Anne Harrison, M.Mgmt, FAICD, FGIA, FCIS
Jo-Anne Harrison, Principal of Sila Projects - a boutique corporate strategy and project management business, has over 20 years' experience in the real estate and construction industry. Jo-Anne's career journey has seen her as partner at GVA SwalesHynes; Managing Director for CBRE's corporate strategy and project management business and a member of the CBRE Project Management Global Executive team.
In 2007 Jo-Anne was appointed to the Australian Representative Mirror Committee for the formation of the new suite of international standards in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. These included Guidance to Project Management, Portfolio Management, Programme Management, EVM and Governance of Projects. In 2018 Jo-Anne was appointed as Chair of the committee and has overseen the development and publishing of new Australia and International standards in each of these areas.
Apart from Jo-Anne's role as chair to the MB-012 mirror committee she has also been a continually active member of the Standards Australia committee holding numerous Australian and International roles including:
- Chair of the Australia Working Group for the Adoption of ISO21500 Guidance on Project Management to an Australian Standard
- Australian Representative to the ISO Study Group for agreement of the direction of the first revised draft of the ISO21500 – Guidance on Project Management (reviewed every 5 years)
- Sub-convener and SME to the ISO's Study Group for the drafting of issues and change recommendations for the 5 year review of ISO21500 – Guidance on Project Management
- Chair – Australian public consultation panel for ISO21500 Guidance on Project Management - industry contribution
- SME – Australia's contribution to drafting of the ISO21500 Guidance on Project Management
- SME and Secretariat – ISO TC258 WG9 for the systematic review of ISO21500:2012 Guidance on Project Management and the subsequent evolution to ISO21502:2020 Guidance on Project Management.
- SME - ISO TC258 WG10 creation of an overarch standard on Project, Programme and Portfolio Management family of standards.
Jo-Anne is a Chartered Company Secretary, Chartered Governance Professional and holds a Master of Management (Business) along with other qualifications including an Advance Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Diploma in Financial Management and is a graduate of the AICD. Jo-Anne also holds an Advanced Diploma of Project Management, is a past Certified Practicing Project Director through the AIPM, qualified as a Greenstar accredited professional and is a NABERS Accredited Assessor.
Ms Mandy Hill
Senior Program and Project Manager, Program Delivery Advisor, Synergy Group Australia
Mandy is a highly experienced and successful senior program and project manager and program delivery advisor who has extensive experience and success within federal government, including Defence.
Mandy takes a collaborative, thorough and pragmatic approach to program and project planning, design, delivery, assurance and continuous improvement. Her notable strengths include managing expectations of Senior Executive stakeholders, leading and motivating high performing teams to deliver intended outcomes, taking a collaborative approach to developing co-designed, fit for purpose solutions that integrate people, process and technology, and introducing rigour and transparency into program delivery.
Presentation: Knowing how and when to apply an Agile approach
Mr Ciril Karo
Professor Ralf Müller, DBA, MBA, PMP
Professor of Project Management
BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway
Professor Dr Ralf Müller, is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, and Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney, and Dalian University of Technology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Project Management Journal®, and lectures and researches in leadership, governance, and organizational project management. His research appeared in more than 270 academic publications and was acknowledged by IPMA, PMI, PGCS, Emerald and others with 17 awards, including several lifetime achievement and fellow awards. A recent study by Stanford University ranked him among the top 2 percent of the most influential global scientists.
Prior to his academic career, he spent 30 years in the industry consulting with large enterprises and governments in more than 50 different countries for better project management and governance. He also held related line management positions, such as the Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation.
[Multi-level Governance in Inter-organisational Project Networks]
Mr Mark Purcell
Retired Navy RADM
Former Head of Maritime Systems Division and an Engineering Officer
Mark Purcell is passionate about working together with Government, Industry and Defence, as an innovative team, to provide capabilities for the nation.
He retired from full time service in the Royal Australian Navy as a Rear Admiral, specialised in Naval Engineering and Information and Communications Technology. His last appointment in Defence was as the Head of Maritime Systems in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.
He also held senior executive and project management positions within the Defence Materiel Organisation and the United Kingdom Defence Equipment and Support. As the Head of the Rizzo Reform program he re-invigorated Navy's engineering and maintenance practices. He also served as the Head of Navy Engineering and the Chief Architect and the Director General of Sourcing Reform in the Chief Information Officer Group.
Since his separation from Defence, in 2016 he has been working as an independent contractor undertaking a number of ICT and Engineering consultancy roles in New Zealand, Darwin, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr Andrew Butt TBC
Presentation: CASG – Maritime Ships: Confidence Level Analysis
Mr Chris Carson, FRICS, FAACE, FGPC PSP, CEP, DRMP, CCM, PMP
Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls & Associate Vice President
Chris Carson is Enterprise Director of Program & Project Controls and Associate Vice President for ARCADIS US, the leading global engineering and consultancy firm providing Consulting, Engineering, and Program/Construction Management services. Chris is the Lead for the Program & Project Controls (PPC) Community of Practice, the PPC training and best practices development centre.
He has over 45 years of experience in Program/Construction Management, specialising in the Program & Project Controls disciplines; Planning and Scheduling, Cost Management, Risk Management, Document Control/Contract Administration, and Forensic Analysis/Claims Avoidance/Dispute Resolution. His experience includes educational, municipal, commercial, industrial, governmental, military, medical, facilities, infrastructure/transportation, aviation, seaports, water/wastewater treatment, utilities, and environmental projects.
Mr Danny Carroll
Presentation: Integrating capability development and skills tracking
Mr Jan Drienko
Synergy Group Australia
Dr Jan Drienko has 10 years of experience in modelling and analysis of financial assets, specialising in trading strategies and market information. He has consulted on projects for government departments focusing on economic and policy impact and workforce modelling. Jan builds the key foundation for advanced economic modelling practice, specializing on economy-wide impacts and detailed workforce modelling, forecasting and analysis.
Some of Jan's recent work includes Advanced Manufacturing Workforce modelling for the Department of Defence and Future Skills modelling for Jobs Queensland.
Education & qualifications
- Doctor of Philosophy in Finance, The Australian National University, 2017
- Master of Finance with Merit, The Australian National University, 2005
- Bachelor of Economics, The Australian National University, 2004
- Bachelor of Commerce, The Australian National University, 2004
- Associate Fellow, The Higher Education Academy
Ms Meri Duncanson
PMO Manager at EOS Australia
Meri has more than 20 years of experience in Program Controls. Currently the PMO Manager at EOS Australia, she is responsible for the implementation of the full suite of PMO activities including EVM, Project Controls, Scheduling and Risk Management.
Over the years, Meri has held a number of positions in the Defence and Aerospace, and Telecommunications sectors, both in consultative and staff roles and enjoys implementing and improving program performance management systems and processes to enhance program delivery.
Meri is a certified in Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPMTM), and has served on the board of the Australian Performance Management Association and is a long term member of PMI and AACEI.
Presentation: Lets re-examine how Agile is EVM
Mr Andrew Goodwin
LCDR Victoria Janitova, GPCAPT
PhD student, University of New South Wales
LCDR Jnitova is a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, in Canberra, focused on organisational resilience. Her current role as the OIC Training Support and Governance within one of the RAN Training Authorities provides an ample opportunity to support the study. In 2016 LCDR Jnitova has completed with excellence a Master of Systems Engineering at UNSW@ADFA. She also graduated from the UNSW@ADFA with a Master of Business; from the UTS with a Graduate Diploma in Education; and from the Byelorussian State University with a Bachelor of Chemistry and Biology. She has authored and co-authored a number of journal articles and conference papers in organisational and workforce planning and management contexts.
Dr Yongjian Ke
Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Yongjian Ke is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management and the Short Forms of Learning Coordinator in the School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney. He serves as a Department Editor for the Project Management Journal, the Secretary of Commission W122 – Public Private Partnership at the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), and a Guest Professor in the School of Economics and Management, Chang'an University, China.
His research interests include project delivery models, risk management, social sustainability, and social media use in infrastructure development projects. He has built an enviable publication and citation track record with 100+ publications, 4600+ citations and an h-index of 30 on Google Scholar.
Mr Walt Lipke
Walt Lipke retired from federal service with over 35 years of experience in the development of software for automated testing of avionics. He is a professional engineer with a master's degree in physics, and a graduate of the USA DoD course for Program Managers.
Mr. Lipke is the creator of Earned Schedule (ES). He has published several articles, as well as two books, Earned Schedule and Earned Schedule Plus.
For his contribution to project control, the practice of EVM, and the creation of ES,
Mr. Lipke has received several awards:
- 2007 Project Management Institute Metrics Specific Interest Group Scholar Award
- 2007 Project Management Institute Eric Jenett Award for Project Management Excellence
- 2013 Earned Value Management Europe Award
- 2014 College of Performance Management Driessnack Distinguished Service Award
- 2017 Honored by PGCS with the naming of the Walt Lipke Project Governance and Control Excellence Award
Mr Sandeep Mathur
Director – Active Transport at Transport NSW
Sandeep Mathur is a Director – Active Transport at Transport NSW where he manages GIS, Insights and Walking & Cycling Program. He is also Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow of Australian Computer Society and an Industry Fellow at University of Technology Sydney. He has over 20 years project/program/portfolio management experience in organisations such as Transport for NSW, First Data, Westpac, HSBC, Commonwealth Bank, Deutsche Bank, Societe Generale, IBM, CSC, Fujitsu and Tourism Australia.
Sandeep has been on several for-profit and not-for-profit Boards in past 20 years. He is currently Chair of the ACS - National Diversity & Inclusion Council; Member of ACS Member Advisory Board and Member of Standards Australia's IT-030 Committee for IT Governance & Management. Sandeep is undertaking a PhD at UTS in the efficient delivery of data science programs. He also teaches Program, Portfolio and Data Management at UTS.
Dr Anh Pham-Waddell
Director Force Structure Cost Analysis
Force Design Division
Australian Defence Force HQ
Anh is presently the Director Cost Modelling, Force Design Division, Vice Chief of Defence Force Group, Australian Department of Defence (DoD). In her current position, Anh seeks to contribute to the improvement of costing enterprise in Defence. She led the Force Structure Plan 2019 (now called FSP20) cost assurance body of work, assisting Force Design to assess the affordability and feasibility of different force option. The cost estimation and assurance practices that underpin the FSP20 represent a significant improvement in how the Australian DoD undertakes the Force Design cycle.
Anh has been the President of ICEAA Canberra Chapter since late 2018. Her vision is to position the Chapter to offer improved membership benefits through assisting members' ongoing pursuit of continuous networking and enhancing the profession of cost estimating, cost analysis and allied field, which are essential for sustaining its broader activity goals. She has actively engaged in the process of updating the CEBoK manual with country-specific contents and been the lead author of the Australian Chapter.
Anh was the Director Strategic Cost Analysis, Contestability Division, Associate Secretary Group during the period 2016-2019. Some of her initiatives during the time with Contestability include the development of new Cost Contestability Guideline, Independence Cost Estimation procedure and a quantitative Value for Money Assessment framework as a key part of future contestability model. She has also introduced the use of parametric costing tool in Contestability Division for assessment of cost estimations during early gates of the capability life cycle.
Before joining the Australian Department of Defence, Anh began her career at Time Magazine Hanoi in 1996 as a Press Assistant after having completed a Bachelor of Art in English at the Hanoi National University. In 1997, Anh moved to work for the United National Development Program, project VIE 96/011 as a project interpreter/trainer. Together with the Project's Chief Technical Adviser, Anh delivered gender training to women leaders from central to commune levels in all provinces of Vietnam. The trainings contributed to the success of the Vietnamese target to improve women leadership at all levels. In 1999, Anh was awarded a scholarship to pursue a master degree in Gender and Development at the Asian Institute of Technology. Her paper on gender issues in Vietnamese IT industry was selected to present at the Copenhagen Gender and IT 2000.
In 2000, after completing her master degree, Anh moved to Australia and began her career in Australia as the Performance Coordinator of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSS). In 2003, Anh was awarded the Australian National University Scholarship to pursue a PhD degree in Demography and Sociology. Her research on Gender inequality in IT industry was selected to present at Seoul Feminist International Conference 2005 and published on the World Bank's Gender Database. In 2009, Anh was employed as a project manager at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. As a senior project manager, Anh was responsible for managing the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework (HPF) report. The report was published bi-annually, focusing on closing the gap between Indigenous people's health and other Australian's health. Anh managed statically-proven trajectory of key closing the gap targets for report to the Prime Minister annually.
Anh and her husband Aaron have four children, Harrison, Alex, Krystal and William. Anh enjoys gym, travelling and learning French in her spare time.
Mr Darral Thompson
Presentation: Integrating capability development and skills tracking
Mr Patrick Weaver, PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB.
Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd
Patrick is the Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd, an Australian project management consultancy business specialising in project control systems. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a member of the CPM, PMI, and a MAIPM.
Patrick has over forty years experience in the Project Management industry. His career originally focused on the planning and managing of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects initially in the UK and then Australia. The last twenty years has seen his businesses and experience expand to include the successful delivery of project scheduling services and PMOs in a range of government, ICT and business environments; with a strong focus on project management training during the last decade.
He is a keen amateur historian looking into the origins and development of the project management profession.
Presentation: The origins of Earned Value Management
Mr Adrian Xavier
Director Strategy, Performance & Governance - Air Force Training Group
Mr Adrian Xavier was born in Singapore and joined the Singapore Air Force (RSAF) from school, in 1988. He left Singapore in 2003, after his last tour at Hill AFB, Utah, USA as the RSAF Senior National Representative for the Peace Carvin IV project - the F-16 Block 52+ FMS acquisition project with the USAF and Lockheed Martin. Prior to that he was Officer Commanding in Tengah Air Base, for the A4, E2C and F-16 fleet, overseeing maintenance and engineering issues at Ordinary, Intermediate and Depot Levels.
Immigrating to Australia in 2006, he joined Pratt and Whitney as the Asia-Pacific Regional Manager overseeing various P&W engine overhauls in Singapore, Australia, NZ, Indonesia, and other Asia Pacific countries. He also oversaw the setting up Mobile Repair Capability for the Asia-Pacific Region.
He later went on to join the APS, as Air Force Training Group's – Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Director Training Governance in 2010. The position was re-named to Director Strategy, Performance & Governance in January 2018.
Mr Xavier also serves as a SERCAT 3 GPCAPT (Aeronautical Engineer) in the RAAF since 2017.
Mr Xavier graduated from the University of Bristol, UK with a BEng (Hons) in 1995 and has a Masters in Aeronautical Science (MSc) from USA and a Masters in Systems Engineering with University of New South Wales (UNSW) at ADFA.
Mr Glen Alleman
Integrated Program Performance Management, USA
Glen Alleman has 30 years' experience as a Program Performance Management leader in aerospace, defense, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT. His current focus includes integrated program performance management for complex system of systems using risk informed Earned Value Management.
Glen's formal training is in particle physics, where he wrote software digital filters to process the data stream from an accelerator. That turned into digital filters for radar, sonar, and guidance systems. Then into managing those types of programs. With a stint in the commercial side, he returned to Aerospace & Defense. Between doing engineering and managing engineers, he was sent back to school to get a Masters in Systems Management – a blend of Systems Engineering and Finance.
As a program manager at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (a former nuclear weapons production facility), Earned Value Management became Glen's passion. His project managers kept the work on track, with a fixed closure date, for fixed price ‒ budgeted at $7B over 9 years. Using Earned Value Management, agile development practices, and measures of physical percent complete, they provided daily measurement of progress to plan to keep the program on schedule for a promised closure date.
After closure, Glen worked several proposals for space vehicles, developing the Integrated Master Plan, with resource loaded, risk adjusted schedule, with Technical Performance Measures used to provide Physical Percent Complete to Plan.
From this work, Glen moved to the government contracting side, providing program controls leadership to aircraft and spacecraft avionics systems, embedded control system, government business system, and biopharma product development. He joined the Institute for Defense Analyses in their support of the office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses where he provided policy advice to the owner of Earned Value Management for improving the effectiveness of EVM processes and tools.
At the same time Glen joined the College of Performance Management, where he taught course, gave presentations, and developed training materials around EVM, Risk Management, Agile development, Integrated Master Planning and Scheduling. In parallel to this work, Glen wrote the book ‒ Performance-Based Project Management.
Glen's current includes working with the Joint Space Cost Council in developing of guidance for applying continuous risk management to Space Systems to successful manage cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.
Ms Val Jonas
Risk Decisions Group, UK
Val Jonas is a highly experienced and well-known risk management expert, with extensive experience of training, facilitating and implementing project, programme and business risk management systems for companies in a wide range of industries around the globe.
Val helps business leaders develop their vision for risk, harnessing it as a positive force for good, supporting confident decision-making, proactively shaping the future of their organisation. She supports companies through risk master classes, leadership coaching, risk framework creation, adoption, engagement and support, resulting in markedly improved business performance and outcomes.
"Over the last 30 years I have enjoyed working with great people, implementing risk systems at all tiers of organisations; at a local, regional and global level and across many sectors. I love getting to know how different businesses work, helping them use risk to innovate and solve problems."
Val has been the Managing Director of Risk Decisions since 1998 and CEO of Risk Decisions Group since 2005. Prior to this she was the company's technical director. Along with her commitments at Risk Decisions, Val has also held non-executive director and trustee positions in UK business and charitable organisations.
"Drawing on insights from this experience, I act as Chief Technical Officer for Risk Decisions' development of the Predict! enterprise risk software and associated services. As a Maths and Computer Science graduate, I enjoy problem solving, to find simple and practical routes to success."
Val finds great enjoyment in public speaking. With the knowledge base that she has developed over the years, she is able to confidently contribute and speak at international conferences, and sit on global working groups. She is a passionate advocate of collaborative working.
Professor Charles Keating
Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering
Old Dominion University, USA
Dr Keating is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia USA. His research and teaching focuses on Complex System Governance, Systems Thinking/Theory, Systems Engineering, System of System of Systems Engineering, and Management Cybernetics. A Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Engineering Management, he received the society's most prestigious award (Sarchet Award) in 2015 for pioneer efforts in the field. He has authored 110+ peer reviewed publications, generated $20M+ in research funding, and graduated 25 PhDs. His research has spanned defence, security, aerospace, healthcare, R&D, and automotive sectors. Prior to faculty appointment in 1994, he served in leadership and technical engineering management positions for over 12 years in the U.S. Army and private industry. He holds a BS Engineering (United States Military Academy, West Point), MA Management (Central Michigan University), and PhD Engineering Management (Old Dominion University). Memberships include American Society for Engineering Management, International Society for System Sciences, and International Council on Systems Engineering.
2020 Walt Lipke Award Finalists
Roksana Jahan Tumpa
PhD candidate, Central Queensland University Australia
Roksana Jahan Tumpa is a PhD candidate at Central Queensland University Australia. She is also the Research Committee and Student Representative Council member in the Research Higher Degree Division. Her research aims at improving group-based assessments in project management education. She is the recipient of the Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend scholarship. She has recently won the Winner and the People's Choice Award for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at CQU level. She is the recipient of Best Presentation Award in the School of Engineering and Technology (SET) RHD symposium held in 2019 and 2020.
Roksana has an excellent academic background, with holding Masters in Management for Engineers (Distinction). She also received Vice-Chancellor's scholarship during her postgraduate studies. In her undergraduate studies, she achieved the first position award in each term and completed the degree with a CGPA 3.9 out 4.
PhD candidate, University of New South Wales
Ms Li Guan is a PhD candidate in the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales (UNSW) at Canberra. During her PhD study, she has been working on project risk assessment and has already published three journal papers in esteemed journals.
Munir Ahmad Saeed
Lecturer, College of Business Management, Canberra Institute of Technolocy
Munir Ahmad Saeed is currently enrolled in Doctor of Project Management and his research is focused on investigating project management practices in the Australian Public Sector organizations. He is working as a lecturer at the College of Business and Management, Canberra Institute of Technology. Saeed has worked as a journalist for 10 years and has an abiding interest in politics and social issues. He holds bachelor of Arts, bachelor of Business, Master of English Literature and Master of Project Management.