The first participants have graduated from Cranfield School of Management’s Association for Project Management (APM)-accredited Project Leadership Programme (PLP). This is a major contribution to boosting the delivery profession across Government, intended to improve project delivery.

Cranfield, with its partners PA Consulting and The Project Academy, was selected by the Cabinet Office in 2015 to run the Project Leadership Programme (PLP) for Senior Civil Servants responsible for complex Government projects. The programme currently has a further 250+ project leaders scheduled to graduate during the next 12 months with further cohorts joining in 2017 and 2018.

Participants come from across Government, including Defence, Home Office, Justice, Health, Education, Transport, Environment and latterly the Brexit department (DExEU).

At the recent graduation event, Tony Meggs, CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, said that he hoped their development would encourage “collaboration across government”, “speaking truth to power” and “building the profession” at a time when Government most needed professional leadership in delivering projects. Professor Maury Peiperl, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management, added that the PLP had become a “benchmark programme, delivering real value to practice, encouraging lifelong learning”.

On a day of celebration, Joe Nellis, Professor of Global Economy, gave the participants a keynote speech on the UK Post-Brexit outlook which will have a massive influence on all Government departments during the forthcoming years, followed by a presentation of some well-earned certificates.

Led by Mike Bourne, Professor of Business Performance at Cranfield, the ground-breaking PLP combines expert academic theory with practical hands-on learning, face to face class time with coaching, reflection with application in the real world, to build the skills and capacity of participants to deliver large and complex projects on time and on budget.

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