In order to deliver the project data analytics vision, we have reached out across the community and mobilised a Task Force of senior like-minded people with a shared passion for realising the transformational potential of project data analytics.   A team with a focus on delivery and action, working in the interests of the collective rather than any particular organisation or sector.

The Team
We have a structured the team to provide a broad cross section of expertise covering:

  • Public, private sector, academia and a membership body.
  • Large corporates through to SMEs.
  • Clients through to vendors.
  • Project delivery and data professions.
  • A number of industry sectors.

The team has been structured to include an ideal mix of expertise to drive forward such a bold and aspirational agenda. We have limited the team at 12 participants to ensure that it remains focused, agile and responsive. The team is not exclusive; we encourage the broadest possible engagement via our work streams and associated events. Please see the engagement page for further details.

Prof Tim Broyd, Director, UCL

Task Force Co-Chair, Engagement co-lead

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I am Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. I recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and have substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies, including both Atkins and Halcrow. In addition I was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. Within my new role I work with leading individuals in industry and government to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. This recently included responsibility for the ‘foresight’ input to the UK Government’s new Construction Industry Strategy as well as currently leading the strategic planning of the UK’s development and implementation of BIM.

I am a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Visiting Professor at both the University of Reading and the University of Dundee. I have maintained an active engagement in the development and deployment of BIM techniques for over a decade, am Vice Chairman of BuildingSmart (UK) Ltd and sit on the UK Government’s BIM Task Force. I am also a Director of CEEQUAL Limited. I became Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in November 2011, with particular responsibility for Public Voice and Policy, and am scheduled to be President in 2016/7.

Martin Paver, CEO, Projecting Success

Task Force Co-Chair & Co-Lead for Solutions Development

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Martin is the founder of the Project Data Analytics community and has been a driving force behind the project data analytics initiative. He is a Chartered Project Professional, Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the APM. He has led a $1bn project and a $10bn portfolio office and has a deep understanding of project delivery, data science and analytics.

“We are at the beginning of a new era in project delivery. One full of immense opportunity. I am delighted and honoured to be elected as Co-Chair of the Task Force to help drive forward this agenda, building on the deep foundations that we have developed in collaboration with the project data analytics community. Never before have we have such societal pressure to reform how we deliver projects combined with the emergence of advanced capabilities to deliver this change. Opportunities like this don’t come along very often”

Andy Murray, Exec Director, Major Projects Association
Engagement co-lead
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Andy is the Executive Director of the Major Projects Association and renowned contributor to project management methods and models having developed/authored core guidance such as PRINCE2, P3M3 maturity mode, IPA’s Project Initiation Routemap, the Public Sector Programme Management Approach (PSMPA), and several governance guides on behalf of APM.  Andy has 30 years project/programme management experience as a practitioner,  consultant and assurer for public, private and third sector organisations both in the UK and internationally

‘The world of projects has been slow on the uptake of data analytics compared with other management disciplines such as marketing, finance and HR. It’s time to catch up. This requires project professionals to look up from the Gantt chart and see the possibilities. It requires data scientists/analysts to turn their attention from other management disciplines to the world of projects. And most importantly it requires organisations to democratise and share their data so that everyone’s project can learn from the hundreds or thousands of others with an element of equivalence. This won’t happen without cross-sectoral leadership which is why a task force comprising professional bodies, government, industry and academia has been established, together with six workstreams to tackle opportunities and barriers the profession faces. The task force is throwing down a gauntlet of 10x performance improvement in 5 years through the applications of project data analytics. I’m proud to be part of the task force and invite other leaders and practitioners to join us and replace practices based on hope and to take a data-driven approach to substantially improve project performance.’

Alexander Budzier, Fellow in Management Practice, Said Business School/Oxford Global Projects

Research co-lead

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Dr Alexander Budzier is a Fellow in Management Practice at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Alexander’s research focuses on the challenges of managing projects, not only in the field of IT but also in hard and soft infrastructure, energy, mega events and organisational change.
He teaches and develops courses on project and programme management, risk management, and systems thinking. At Oxford, he regularly teaches on the MSc for Major Programme Management, the MBA and MPP programme and at the Major Project Leadership Academy, a leadership development programme for the top project managers in the UK civil service.
Alexander works with private and public sector organisations to build their individual and organisational capabilities to master the challenges of working with, in and around projects and programmes.
He completed his doctoral studies at Saïd Business School in 2014. Prior to joining Oxford he worked at T-Mobile International and was a consultant with McKinsey’s Business Technology Office in Düsseldorf and Chicago, where he advised clients on IT and operations issues.
Stuart Coleman, Director, Open Data Institute

Waiting for workstream role

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Stuart is the Business Development Director at the ODI. He is passionate about opportunities for people to use technology, data and machines to learn new skills and shape a better future.

Stuart has a diverse entrepreneurial and executive leadership background, with experience in venture-backed, publicly listed and mission-led high growth technology, training and consulting organisations. He had raised venture funding as well as built several businesses from cashflow.

He is proud to have been founding Commercial Director at the Open Data Institute from 2012 to 2014, and is delighted to have returned to support the leadership and team amidst an exciting new phase of growth in 2020.

Grant Findlay, Director of Strategy & Innovation for Sir Robert McAlpine

Data access co-lead

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Grant is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 30 years experience of running major projects and construction businesses in the UK and overseas.  Sir Robert McAlpine was an early participant and sponsor of the project data analytics community and hackathons.  His involvement inspired Grant to found the Construction Data Trust, which aims to collaborate across the sector on data led transformation projects.   Grant is also a Trustee of the Career College Trust and is a member of the Employer Board of the first Digital Construction Career College.

‘I am delighted to have been invited to join the Taskforce at the beginning of this exciting journey to transform project delivery.  The construction sector has been slow to embrace digital technology.  However, the pace of change is now rapid and the opportunity to lever our cross industry experience promises a step change in project performance’

Alex Robertson, Digital Deployment Lead – Projects, Petrofac

Solutions Development co-lead

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In his 20 plus year Engineering, Procurement and Construction career, Alex has managed some of the largest capital projects and asset support contracts in the North Sea. Alex now brings strategic thinking to the full lifecycle project delivery and has a passionate focus on technology development, business intelligence and analytic reporting to improve project performance and outcomes.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to re-evaluate what good looks like in delivering projects and improve project outcomes. Innovation is happening across the full project lifecycle and across all industries, but no single organisation or individual holds can ever hold all the keys to success. Being part of a journey to map out a future end to end delivery model to support our profession and help enable better predictable outcomes are rare – I’d encourage you to roll up your sleeves and join in.”

Ben Jones, Head of Infrastructure PMO, Heathrow 

Data access co-lead

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Ben has over 15 years experience within Project Controls delivery both on supply chain and client sides.  His controls experience started on Heathrow Terminal 5 and he is currently Head of Infrastructure PMO at Heathrow.

“Data analytics and how we can share the data we all have is key to ensuring how we are progress and improve how we create and then deliver projects with the correct budget and schedule.”

Darren Jaundrill, Deputy Director, Office for National Statistics 

Data quality co-lead

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Darren is an experienced project professional with an established reputation for robust quality delivery at pace. Formerly executive director of an award winning social enterprise, Darren has worked in a variety of roles including as senior responsible owner (SRO) and programme director. Darren is a fellow of the RSA.

Darren is a board member of the National Centre for Project Delivery and has extensive experience across infrastructure, digital, transport, financial services, asset management, energy, education, third sector, policing and international development. He is an accredited high risk lead for the Cabinet Office, assuring the most complex projects and programmes being managed by Government.

Greg Lawton, CEO Nodes & Links,

Research Co-Lead

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Greg is the co-founder and CEO of Nodes & Links – a venture capital-backed technology company that exists to improve the delivery performance of projects. The company does this by empowering project professionals with the latest science and technology. Greg began life as an Astrophysicist, but found his way into major project delivery with BAE Systems. As the CEO of Nodes & Links he now spends his time understanding how Project Management roles will change in the face of emerging global pressures. He lives in Switzerland and enjoys Mountain Biking in the Summer and Skiing in the Winter.”

“We live in an era of rapid social, technological and environmental change. The demands on projects are becoming more complex. As a result, the demands on Project Managers are becoming more complex. Information and technology have the potential to support this change, but only if we use them to empower and not replace. The Project Data Analytics Task Force exists to empower Project Managers with the information needed to make good decisions. By pushing forward this change we will empower people to deliver better projects. Better projects will ultimately transform the world.”

Jo Jolly, Deputy Director, Environment Agency 

Data quality co-lead

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Jo is a Deputy Director at the Environment Agency and leads a team of programme and contract managers, and a team of environmental and sustainability managers. Delivering mainly asset management projects to reduce flood risk, digital tools are an essential part of bringing together knowledge and data to develop the best delivery programmes, to integrate a range of socio-economic and environmental benefits for communities. Jo is an advocate of making best use of data analytics to improve the productivity of project delivery.

Prior to joining the Environment Agency Jo worked in groundwater and contaminated land consultancy, after completing her PhD in Geophysics at the University of Birmingham.

Jennifer Osbaldestin, Group Performance Director, BAE Systems

Skills lead

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Jennifer Osbaldestin is the Group Performance Director for BAE Systems a FTSE 100 Aerospace & Defence Company delivering some of the UK’s most complex military platforms, products and services. In her role, Jennifer is responsible for coaching stronger business performance and catalysing continuous improvement through digital ways of working across the federated business group. In addition, Jennifer chairs the BAE Systems UK Management Board.

Joining BAE Systems in 2008 Jennifer’s career has progressed through a number of key leadership roles in engineering, project and general management whilst also being a champion of diversity and inclusion, developing talent and being a positive force in the community.

Steering Group
A cross sector steering group who understand the significance of the disruption to the industry will provide oversight of the Task Force. The group will meet twice a year to shape the vision, help drive momentum, remove barriers and ensure that project data analytics remains on the government and industry radar. We will mobilise this steering group in the coming months.