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.
- 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.
Task Force Co-Chair, Engagement co-lead
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.
Task Force Co-Chair & Co-Lead for Solutions Development
“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 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.’
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.
Waiting for workstream role
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.
Data access co-lead
‘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’
Solutions Development co-lead
“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
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.”
Data quality co-lead
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.
“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.”
Data quality co-lead
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.
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.