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, Co-Lead Data Structure

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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.’

Sue Simmonite, BAE Systems, Global Project Management & Control Director

Skills workstream lead

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Sue Simmonite is the Global Project Management & Control Director for BAE Systems, a FTSE 100 Global Aerospace & Defence Company delivering some of the most complex military platforms, products and services.   Sue has been with BAE Systems for over 25 years with experience across a range of complex projects in different sectors and business units leading on Project Control, Project Management, Contract Closure and Business Integration, having joined initially as a Business Modern Apprentice.

Operating within the Chief Technology Office based in the UK, Sue works across many different cultures and geographies to provide the enabling Project Management & Control capabilities to achieve operational excellence in projects, programmes and portfolios.

Sue is actively engaged in operational support to the global Portfolios, Programmes and Projects through Chairing key independent reviews such as Integrated Baseline Reviews. Sue also is the corporate sponsor for all senior PM leadership programmes working closely with thought leaders in this area in academia.

Sue is the company representative for the Association for Project Management (APM), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the UK Major Projects Association (MPA) and has recently achieved recognition as an APM Fellow as well as having been recognised internally as one of the inaugural BAE Systems PM Fellows.

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.”

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’

Jo Jolly, Deputy Director, Environment Agency 

Climate & Nature Emergency Co-Lead, Research 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.

Breda Ryan, Director of Programme Controls Function, Major Programmes & Projects Group

Research Co-Lead

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Breda Ryan is the Director of Programme Controls Function at Jacobs Major Programmes and Projects Group. She supports EMEA infrastructure clients with tailored PMO solutions. She is a change advocate, passionate about 21st century programme controls and is often heard asking the “so what” question to drive meaningful output from data.

Ronald Dyer, Programme Director, Sheffield University Management School, Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA). 

Research Co-Lead

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He possesses over 20 years of project management experience across financial service, education, agriculture and energy focused organisational transformation initiatives. His Research focuses on utilization of game-based-learning, data visualization and artificial intelligence – technology assets (i.e. artefacts) for improved decision-making and problem-solving within organizations.
He has worked on several large IT integration projects at Goldman Sachs, Citi-Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, where he attained a Doctorate in Business Administration, holds an MBA in Project Management from – Henley Graduate School of Business University of Reading, UK as well as undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada in Business Administration.

Donnie MacNicol, Founder of Team Animation

Climate and Nature Emergency workstream lead

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Donnie MacNicol is the founder of Team Animation which works across multiple sectors energising leaders and teams delivering complex change to maximise value and certainty of success through a focus on the human dimension. Donnie acts as a catalyst to support organisations to improve their collaboration and productivity – aspects that will be critical to tackling the many challenges we face today including climate change and in particular in meeting the NetZero target. Donnie wants to use his experience, expertise, extensive network, and energy to make a difference as part of the task force. 

“People and teams need the information to different degrees to allow them to understand a situation and have the confidence to act. Some people require quantitative, robust and comprehensive information and others less so. Whatever a person’s needs are, the quantity, quality and availability of data is key to allow them to have what they need to deliver effectively. The work of the Task Force is critical in developing the foundation stone on which current and future project professionals can most effectively play their part in delivering success. I am delighted to support the work of the task force and in particular in co-leading the Climate and Nature Emergency Workstream – a topic close to my heart and of critical importance to us all.” 

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.

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.