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Project Manager : Project Manager Apr May 2014
Creating world-class project leaders A new approach in project leadership education has been launched, aimed at increasing the successful delivery of major projects. THE CHALLENGES OF MAJOR PROJECTS ARE UNIQUE; meeting stakeholder demands, developing a high-performing team and creating a uni ed culture, all while managing innumerable risks, requires exceptional project leaders. While projects become ever larger and more complex, the overall track record of delivery indicates there is signi cant room for improvement. Large-scale and technology-driven projects place extensive demands on governance and leadership. Huge cost overruns and extensive project delays are often caused by a failure to ask the right questions of strategic t, risk and return, as well as de ciencies in leadership practices, collaborative engagement, and strategic and design thinking. Inspiring project success With recent challenges facing major projects, including the NBN and the innumerable cost blowouts in the resources sector, it is timely that the gap in leadership skills is addressed to support Australia in becoming a more competitive environment for future investment. The John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney was established in October 2012 by John Grill AO, on his retirement as Chief Executive of WorleyParsons, to address the gap in project leadership expertise. An advisory board of in uential industry leaders including Grill, Kevin McCann AM, Sir David Higgins, Dr Stuart McGill, John Mulcahy, Nick Greiner AC, Catherine Livingstone AO and Jim McIlvenny supports the development of the centre's mission of executive education and strengthening links with industry and government. Marc Vogts leads the centre as Executive Director, bringing extensive experience to the role as a seasoned project executive who has led major resources projects globally over the past 30 years. In Vogt's most recent role with BHP Billiton as Vice President, Projects Uranium CSG, he led one of the largest projects globally in the mining sector -- the expansion of the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia. In his role as Executive Director for the centre he plays an active role in ensuring the education programs re ect the issues challenging global organisations. The centre is supported by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies and the University of Sydney Business School. Its o erings cover a range of industry and government sectors including infrastructure, energy, mining, aviation, telecommunications, defence, technology, banking and nance. Executive leadership program The centre recently launched the Executive Leadership in Major Projects (ELMP) program, which commences with its rst cohort in August 2014. The program aims to develop the leadership capability of project professionals to produce project leaders who are inspirational, strategic, collaborative and agile. Co-design and co-delivery with industry and government is central to the program. Consultation is sought from a program committee, LEARN FROM THE INDUSTRY'S FINEST Industry leaders will join the program as guest speakers to share lessons they've learned along the way. Leigh Cli ord is current Chairman of the Qantas Board, Director of Bechtel Group US, Chairman of Bechtel Australia, and previous Director and Chief Executive of Rio Tinto. He will share his insights on the importance of the experience and understanding of the executive sponsoring the project. Sir David Higgins is Chairman of High Speed Two, the biggest infrastructure project in Europe. He was previously CEO of Network Rail, which owns and runs the British rail infrastructure. Having a long list of successful projects in his cache, Sir David will bring the highest calibre of leadership experience to the program. Jim McIlvenny is Senior Vice President of Dow Chemical and Chairman of the Dow Sadara Project O ce, looking after the construction of the largest petrochemical facility to ever be built in a single phase. He will join the program to speak on leadership of global project teams. ADVERTORIAL
Project Manager Feb Mar 2014