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Project Manager : Project Manager Aug Sept 2013
8 Project Manager •NEWS A life well lived When Brian Kooyman passed away recently, he left a legacy of true leadership. He will be remembered as a generous man who inspired excellence in all around him and worked tirelessly to professionalise project management. PETER DECHAINEUX LFAIPM HE WAS KIND, COMPASSIONATE AND COMPLETELY DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE PROFESSIONALISM OF PROJECT MANAGERS BORN 26 APRIL 1948, BRIAN KOOYMAN WAS larger than life, both guratively and literally. He lived life to the full, always cheerful, always in the fast lane and always willing to help others. Brian died on 1 June 2013, aged 65. At 17, Brian was awarded a scholarship to study architecture and graduated in 1972. Following ve years of practice as an architect, Brian joined Tracey, Brunstrom & Hammond (TBH) as a Senior Consultant. He pursued a distinguished career with TBH, becoming Director of Global Business in 2008. It was during his years at TBH that Brian developed a passionate interest in project management. He provided strategic and management advice on key public projects including the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Star City Casino and the Darling Harbour Redevelopment Project. ese interests led him to become an early member of the Project Managers' Forum, which later became the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). His practical knowledge, vision and wisdom helped shape the direction for the future of project management in Australia. He worked tirelessly for AIPM as NSW Chapter President and then National President, and was the inaugural Chair of the Council of Fellows. He was also a Founding Director of the Project Management Recognition Council of Australia, and ser ved that Council from 1998 to 2000. But Brian's vision and dedication were not restricted by national boundaries. He was inter nationally recognised for his expertise through a liations with several inter national project management associations, as Chair of numerous Councils and Committees, and as winner of several inter national awards. His contributions to the project management community included speaking at conferences in Australia, India, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, and he was well known throughout the world of professional project management. Brian often contributed to project management publications, and his discussion of the future of the profession was published internationally in the book Project Management Circa 2025. More recently, Brian became involved in the development of a landmark paper on professional performance, innovation and risk for engineers at the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. He was quick to see the potential application to project managers and was very keen to adapt the concepts to the profession. Brian was a true leader; he inspired ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He was kind, compassionate and completely dedicated to improving the professionalism of project managers. A giant of a man, Brian lived by the side of his wife, Jenny, and daughters Penny and Veronica, and he will be sorely missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have know n him. •••
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