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What are the wise choices we must make?


I'm Steve Wake

Steve Wake founded the EVM and the PMC Sigs in the Association of Project Management (APM) and was the Chairman of APM who led it to chartered status. He is now a member of the guild of Educators and chair of the British Standards Institution M/S 2 committee with responsibility for national standards in project programme and portfolio management.


He is leading the development of BS202001 Project Controls in which MOD is a participant and working closely with PsACE community harmonising estimating practice in government and its supply chain. Also he represents BSi on ISO WG12 developing an Implementation guide to EVM.


Data is knowledge and power – the power to make informed decisions, but how can we be sure we have it right? The right interpretation … The right data to start with …  

Speakers Preview

Dr Tim Sheldon

Director Submarines Acquisition & SDA Project Delivery Head of Profession

Dr Sheldon has managed projects across the MoD throughout his career, including in close combat training equipment, communications and IT, logistics management and submarine delivery. He has undertaken targeted reviews into challenged equipment projects and provided assistance and assurance on delivery and technology management. As Head of Cost Assurance Analysis Service, he modernised and grew the team to directly support Chief of Defence Materiel in establishing an affordable Defence Equipment Programme, and in key commercial negotiations on warship construction. Dr Sheldon established the DE&S project controls function, enabling DE&S Transformation. He has headed the Submarine Production Team that delivers the Astute Class and, since 2020, is responsible for all UK submarine acquisition programmes as Director Submarines Acquisition.

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Joseph Lee

Regional Practice Leader for Project, Programme and Commercial Management,
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Joseph is a Fellow Member of APM and a highly respected and experienced programme and project director. Joseph has a wealth of experience within project and programme management; he has led major projects and programmes such as Kew Capital Development Programme, BT 21CN Property & Infrastructure (P&I) Programme and has significant experience of major relocation project. His breadth of experience also includes offices, infrastructure, high containment facilities and managing an IT R&D project for the BBC. He is an award-winning project manager who prides himself on being a reflective practitioner; since completing his MSc in Major Programme Management he continues to research his research into dynamic capabilities within project and programmes and the importance of cognitive diversity and psychological factors on programme performance. He has contributed to professional development through being London Branch Chairman for the APM for three years (2003-2006) and co-chaired the annual APM / RICS Leadership Conference for two years (2015 and 2016).

Val Jonas

Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998, and is recognised as a global risk management specialist. She works closely with clients and leads conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues within the project, product, strategic and enterprise risk management world, advising organisations implementing Risk Decisions’ Predict! risk management system. She is risk subject matter expert to ISO and BSI committees, non-executive director for the ICCPM and Chair of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) Risk Leadership special interest group. She provides input risk guides and publications worldwide.

CEO, Risk Decisions Group

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