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18 April 2024

Armourers Hall

81 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ 


What are the tools the projects community needs to survive – and thrive – in challenging times? If there is an upsurge in project requirements, are we ready to answer? And most importantly how do we ensure that we have the right skills the right people and the right education to do this well?


This time we focus on AIR. Adaptability Innovation and Resilience. It’s still about the people and how they manage themselves and work with others. And also how they deal with the challenges. Currently Climate, Carbon, AI and Data Analytics figure high. EVA aims to discuss and consider with its breathing firmly under control. Not hyperventilating or panicking.


The event is an opportunity to rethink and remodel or revisit anew. The ISO workgroup responsible for  EVM will be there, and we will be finally introducing the new BS202001 Project Controls British Standard. This new specification standard will describe a broader oversight horizon from inception of an idea through to final use, not just the delivery of scope.


Attendees will listen to, learn from and discuss topics relevant to immediate controls practice as well as gaining exposure to the latest in strategic thinking. They will also be able to learn about the sociology and psychology of their work to enable them to function better as individuals as well as in teams.

Sponsorship Packages

Sponsors will each be allocated a clear space, power supply and either a table or stand space on the networking area where delegates gather between sessions in the pre-conference, mid morning, lunch and afternoon breaks and during the break out sessions.


Main and Gold sponsors may erect suitable stands. Sponsors will be able to distribute brochures to all delegates. Erection of stands will be early morning on the day of the event or previous day by arrangement.


Every sponsor’s logo will appear on all marketing and event documentation produced by the organisers.


We always welcome support from organisations which cannot sponsor but can offer help in kind. We are happy to enter into contra agreements for mutual benefit.


Main Sponsor

  • Presentation opportunity each day

  • Short address opportunity at dinner

  • Stand space within the ​networking area

  • Delegate list provided

  • 8 tickets for both days and dinner
  • PM Channel interview
  • Advertising literature available ​to delegates

  • Logo and advertising content in conference materials

  • Special less than advertised ticket rate for employees and authorised customers

£8,000 + VAT​


Gold Sponsor

  • Stand space within the networking area

  • Advertising literature available to delegates

  • Delegate list provided

  • Logo and advertising content in conference materials

  • 4 tickets for both days and dinner

  • One presentation opportunity

£4,000 + VAT​


Silver Sponsor

  • Tabletop and banner exhibition area in the networking area

  • Advertising literature available to delegates

  • Delegate list provided

  • Logo on conference materials

  • 2 tickets for both days and dinner

£2,500 + VAT​


Bronze Sponsor

  • Advertising literature available to delegates

  • NB It will not be possible to put up a banner

  • Delegate list provided

  • Logo on Conference materials

  • 1 ticket for both days and dinner

£1,500 + VAT​

Pre-Conference Senior networking event drinks and dinner (Conversation Club)

Host a networking dinner for 50–70 in an exclusive venue that gathers together senior decision makers from the controls community. A year’s prospecting in an evening with  guaranteed follow-ups.


The Conversation Club currently numbers 198 senior Project and Programme directors along with Government (IPA and major departments) National Audit Office and Academics.

As host your organisation has exclusive access to this audience for this event.


16:00 Tea and Networking

17:00 Discussion, Tuned to your requirement.

18:00 Drinks and networking

19:00 Dinner and networking.

£5,000 + VAT​


Edward Davey

Head of World Resources Institute,
UK Office

Edward Davey is Head of WRI Europe's UK office, where he represents WRI (including its 70 UK-based staff) to the UK government, philanthropies, private sector, NGOs, and WRI's Royal Patron, HM King Charles III. Edward also serves as a Senior Advisor (previously Country Director and Partnerships Director) to the Food and Land Use Coalition, and as an Advisor to the New Economy for the Amazon and Congo Basin. He worked on secondment for the UK Government's Cabinet Office on COP26, including the Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use, and as an Advisor to the UAE COP28 Presidency on the COP28 Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems, and Climate Action.

Vivek Vashi

Alliance Cost Estimating Lead,
Rolls-Royce Dreadnought Alliance Team

Vivek works within the Dreadnought Alliance on behalf of Rolls-Royce in order to create a 'should cost' model combining cost estimates from all parties. Vivek's aim is to build the capability to bring all cost estimates together, understand, analyse and impact key areas within process to further im-prove the assurance within the alliance.

Mark Heath

Owner, Founder and Director, UniPhi

Mark Heath is the owner, founder, and director of UniPhi, a company specialising in portfolio and project management software, as well as mbh training, an RTO offering project management qualifications. UniPhi was conceived following Mark's consultation with numerous ASX 200 and Fortune 500 companies, alongside major government departments. His dedication lies in commercialising innovative technologies, such as UniPhi's project and portfolio management software, to enhance his clients' internal processes and yields. With a background as a financial analyst and management consultant, Mark possesses a profound understanding of the drivers of true competitive advantage and the imperative to capitalise on opportunities in emerging conditions. UniPhi represents the culmination of extensive research and development, ensuring it stands as an effective, robust, and mature system, seamlessly integrating with clients' existing systems and core applications. Mark is a Bachelor of Business graduate in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney, a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia), and Project Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). As Managing Director, he provides strategic direction for future development, oversees sales and marketing endeavors, and offers direct support to clients and his team. Over the past year, his involvement has encompassed direct engagement with projects exceeding $40 billion

Dave Hurren

Technical Director,

Dave is a highly trained and regarded software consultant and Certified Oracle Primavera P6 and Unifier Implementation specialist. He started his career as an electrical engineer within the oil and gas sector, then transitioned into the project management office, where he developed his own project management system. He moved to specialise in Oracle Primavera and now has 20 years of experience in the project controls technology arena. With a BSc in Computer Science, specialising in Software Development, he brings his technical expertise to the Oracle Primavera Unifier Strategy Team, regularly contributing to Unifier strategic design. Since joining RPC UK Ltd, where he heads the Technical Division, he has successfully architected, designed, built, implemented, integrated and deployed the Primavera product range for numerous companies across multiple industry sectors, ranging from full-system integration to single-solution implementation. He has a passion for coming up with new, but pragmatic and effective solutions to problems and in finding ways to make technology work for the client.

Jason Hones

Regional Director, South West
National Highways

Jason Hones is a project, operations and transformation leader having worked in various roles across National Highways and the MoD. He has worked on large construction, engineering and transformation projects and programmes around the world for the past 30 years. He has a passion for delivering exciting changes whilst grounded in pragmatic delivery reality earned after many years of delivery experience.

Hedley Ayres

Senior Audit Manager, Major Projects, National Audit Office

Hedley has been producing value for money reports and other guidance and insights work at the NAO for 15 years. Most of his career has been spent reviewing and reporting on major infrastructure, commercial and transformation projects and programmes. He led the NAO’s work on the government’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympics before then looking at transport projects such as Crossrail and High Speed 2, nuclear decommissioning projects and more recently Defra’s environmental portfolio. He supports and advises teams within the NAO on all aspects of project delivery from inception and business case through to delivery and value generation.

Stephen Carver

Senior Lecturer,
Cranfield School of Management

Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Project & Programme Management at Cranfield University. He has a reputation of fast moving, educational and fun lectures.

DHannah Lowe

Reader in Creative Writing,
Brunel University, London

Dr Lowe is a poet, memoirist and academic whose work is focused largely on the legacies of the British Empire – in particular, her writing on the Chinese-Caribbean and the historicising of the Empire Windrush. She has published three full poetry collections: Chick, Chan and The Kids, which was nominated for the TS Eliot Prize and won both the Costa Poetry Award and the overall Costa Book of the Year Award. Her memoir Long Time No See was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Hannah is one of the two 2024 winners of the Eccles Centre & Hay Festival Writ-er’s Award for her lyrical, hybrid memoir Moy: In Search of Nelsa Lowe.

Paul Fisher

Senior Consultant, 

Paul is a Fellow of the APM, Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) with 30 years of Project Control (Performance Measurement Baseline, Earned Value Management, Risk Management, Baseline Change Control and Performance Measurement), Project Integration and Project Management experience across the BAE Systems portfolio of complex, high value projects. In 2022, he joined Costain to bring his significant experience to projects outside of the Defence Sector and currently works with Network Rail. He has acted as a part of the leadership team on a Programme Controls Transformation programme within the Defence sector. He recognises that people are at the core of Project Management, which enables him to be persuasive and influential at all levels of an organisation. He has acted as an Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) Chair for major Defence Programmes. And he has delivered a significant number of PM&C courses including Control Account Management, and Life Cycle Management and has been commended for his engaging approach. He also acts as a mentor and coach to various individuals in Costain. He is a member of the APM People Specific Interest Group (SIG) and has been a judge for the APM Education and Research Awards; he has also contributed as a speaker at the industry leading EVA27 and 29 conferences. He is an advocate for talking about Mental Health having experienced poor Mental Health himself and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Val Jonas

CEO, Risk Decisions

Val Jonas has been CEO of Risk Decisions Ltd since 1998 and is a recognised global risk manage-ment specialist. She works closely with clients, runs risk masterclasses, and leads conversations on the cultural, process and technical issues across project, product, business, strategic and enterprise risk management. She advises organisations implementing Risk Decisions’ Predict! risk management system, and has many white papers, articles and presentations to her name. She sits on ISO and BSI committees as risk subject matter expert, is a non-executive director for the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and chairs the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) Risk Leadership special interest group. She provides input to risk standards and guidance worldwide, including PMI and APM publications.

Trevor Jay

Technical Sales Manager,
Risk Decisions

Trevor helps organisations around the world to manage risk and uncertainty with Predict!. For many years this has been focused on delivering projects and programs on time and on budget. More recently it also encompasses an enterprise-wide view of risk including, for example, supply chain, cyber security and asset risk. Sectors embracing this are as varied as defence & aerospace, infrastructure & construction, transportation, utilities and energy, with particular interest from renewables. In his current role Trevor enjoys working with customers to understand their risk management, analysis and visualisation requirements and objectives, translating these into user stories to input into the Predict! roadmap.

Joseph Lee

Programme Director,
Mott MacDonald

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.

Calum MacColl

Producer, Musician, Songwriter and
Musical Director

Calum is a producer, musician, songwriter, musical director and mixer and has worked with artists from all genres for over 35 years. His first instrument is guitar although he's turned his hand to almost anything that has strings. Except the violin. Not the violin. He's recorded and produced in all genres, been in many (too many?) bands, and has been signed to Chrysalis, Zomba, Rough Trade, Polydor, Universal, BMG and Sony. He's worked for hundreds of labels and publishers over the years. He's played/produced/written/mixed in all areas of modern and traditional music, including large corporate projects and audiobooks. He's been musical director on many diverse projects from international pop artists to singer songwriters – everything from putting bands together and programming to arranging songs and directing on the road. His parents are folk legends Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl, his half-sister Kirsty MacColl, and he's been playing music and singing almost since before he can remember. From touring with his parents as a child, he later went on to record and produce many of their albums. He's not available for weddings and funerals ('unless I know you well,' he says), but he's always interested in creative projects.

Paul Lyalls

EVA Poet in Residence

Imagine what we could achieve if everyone showed up more from a mindset of Growth rather than Survival? I believe everyone has the capability to do this and I see it as my and Mindset Practice’s mission to achieve this. I’m often asked “what inspired me to start Mindset Practice”? Key to my answer is a 400m final I ran when I was 14. I was up against two boys who were the best at sport in my school year. I was winning, way ahead. As I entered the final 150m I felt fear. I looked around and screamed at the boys behind me to catch-up. I deliberately slowed down to come third. I firmly believe nobody gets up in the morning intending to do a bad job. The challenge is we’re not usually taught how to identify and manage our Survival habits at school or at work. As Chief Psychologist at Mindset Practice I have been able to use my talent with applied humanistic psychology – and my own mission to be the best person I can be – to realise not only my ability to win races but to help others win theirs. I feel inspired spending time with my wife, sons and daughter exploring new experiences and enjoying being together. I love music and spinning my vinyl records, often to 80s tunes. I’m also a Manchester United fanatic, though that has definitely tested my mindset practice in recent times! I’m my best self in a mindset of Growth when I’m empowering others to step out of their comfort zone, transform their mindset and deliver accountable, practical and sustained change. You will know I’m in Survival when you see me hide and retreat. It doesn’t happen that often anymore, but if you see it a helpful nudge is always welcome.

Jack Pinter

Square One Partnership

Jack Pinter runs Square One Partnership, which creates and delivers innovative learning initiatives designed to transform and revitalise the world of work through interactive, experiential learning. He designs and facilitates work for organisations in every sector and lectures in business schools across Europe. In past years, Jack has invited EVA participants to sing the blues, say yes to the mess, contribute to an interactive history of the Barbican and, most recently, to accept the limitations of AI and renew their belief in natural human intelligence. He’s happy to be here today to invite you to change the world , one song at a time. Jack enjoys a polymorphous career as a musician, storyteller, playwright, composer, facilitator and coach. As a songwriter, Jack has created work for film, television and theatre, including his mock tribute to capitalism, Captain Greedy’s Carnival, which was staged by The Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles. Jack created the Songlines Project to accelerate learning through song, and is currently working on a song cycle of ‘Life Jingles’ to capture ordinary life through short songs. During the pandemic he revitalised his Brixton neighbourhood with the community music project, Kerbside Karaoke. This year he’ll be appearing in Worcester Cathedral and at a film festival in Calabria.

Michele Stodart


Michele Stodart is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and musical director. She is best known as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter of Mercurynominated, double-platinum selling band, The Magic Numbers. She was born in Trinidad, where she spent her early childhood until she and her family fled a military coup attempt, leading them to Queens, New York, and eventually to London, where she is now based. Michele has a love for Folk, Country and Americana music, and divides her time between her work with The Magic Numbers and her solo projects. She is building a name for herself as musical director, collaborator and producer and has been invited to curate stages at a number of festivals and events. Michele’s diverse skills have led to many collaborative projects on stage and in the studio with artists such as Kathryn Williams, Billy Bragg, David Ford, Bernard Butler, Natalie Imbruglia, and Charlie Dore, amongst many others.

Nils Elder

Songwriter and Producer

Nils Elder is a fascinating creative polymath, having spent the last twenty years in the world of music as a songwriter and producer, he is now venturing into the captivating realms of filmmaking, colour grading, machine learning, and AI. This affable and reliable professional, whose music has graced major US networks, possesses a genuine passion for music and tech. An encounter with Nils promises both inspiring conversations,delightful camaraderie, and a fun fact: this blurb was cleverly crafted by yours truly, ChatGPT. Who said AI can’t write catchy blurbs? *editorial note by Nils* It’s clever, but is it catchy?



Doors open and Coffee Networking


Welcome and Song to Change the World intro


Vivek Vashi
Building relationships across the Dreadnought Alliance Parties and creation of a Submarine Should-Cost Model


Mark Heath
EVM needs a little love, but if provided, it will pay back and then some!


Coffee Networking


Jason Hones
Using Data Not to do Projects


Dave Hurren
Making friends with AI – just chat to it


Hedley Ayres
Lessons on delivering long-term value from major projects


Song Workshop


Close and Reception Networking


Chat Drinks Social


Val Jonas & Trevor Jay
How innovators thrive on risk and opportunity


Paul Fisher
Boomers… X.Y.Z. – A.I.R. – communication between the generations


Tea and Networking


Stephen Carver
The House that Stephen Built


Dr Hannah Lowe
The Kids are Alright


Ed Davey
Stories to Watch for 2024


Lunch Networking


Dinner Networking




Calum MacColl
Songs to Change the World


Joseph Lee
The Rise and Fall of the Project Manager

October 17th 2024 

Armourers Hall

81 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ 

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