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Project Manager : Project Manager April May 2012
40 Project Manager PEOPLE margiE o'TarpEY cEo aipm my vision: to position aipm as the leaDing association for project management in australia Q&A WITh ThE NEW AIPM CEO MARGIE O’TARPEy How i lead congratulations on your appointment as aipm cEo. What most excites you about being at the helm? AipM has a significant national and international reputation with great profiling and credentials. it has important social value in supporting a more professional, effective and accountable profession. i’m very proud to be offered the role and i’m look ing forward to working with the Board , members and staff to achieve my vision: to position it as the leading association for project management in Australia. Tell us a little bit about your background. Most of my professional life over the past 20 years has involved managing professional associations in the not-for- profit sector, representing directors, managers and public sector professionals in the government sector; as well as professionals and industry groups in the health and community sectors. i have also run my own company and had a stint inside govern ment. My academic and practitioner background is in law, the social sciences, social work and nursing. What’s your own experience and interest in project management? i’m an accidental project manager. i have been asked to develop from concept to end outcome specific programs in my management roles (eg a strategic a self-described “accidental project manager” with a breadth of experience managing professional associations, Margie O’tarpey, outlines her vision for the aIPM. planning review and change management processes, business development, and overseeing the establishment of national learning and development programs. i’ve also managed specific projects such as the City of sydney 2030 Village planning framework , a public sector web 2.0 -based project and good- practice toolkits. What are the challenges that lie ahead for the aipm? One of the challenges that lies ahead is to improve members’ equity, to develop the membership and professional development programs and improve our web-based interface both internally and externally, so as to improve administration and to better service the members. i hope to help build a leading national association for project managers that has strong strategic partnerships with the international project management community. My expertise and interests have been around “transformationa l leadership” and change management; policy; staff development, creative deliver y of value- added ser vices, programs and products to the membership; effective communication strategies and – above all – a best-practice governance fra mework for a national association. can you be a truly terrific project manager without knowledge of a particular industry? i assume there would be many theoretical perspectives on this question, but yes, i believe so. Of course, you need to have particular project management competencies and academic training, but those are the broad skill sets. if you have a clear strategic approach, articulated goals, deliverables and outcomes, then perhaps you can co-opt onto your team particular industry knowledge and expertise; you need to have people in your team who have those skills and competencies. My last position was overseeing a national maritime safety association in transition and i didn’t know a lot about maritime safety when i was appointed. i do now. My partner and i also have a 24ft endeavour yacht ... but i never get the time to sail it! ••• cEo margie o’Tarpey is giving aipm direction to become the leading project management association ThINKSTOCK
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