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Peter Parkes Ivor Lewis Bob Assirati Roy Cooper Michael Beale Mike Jones Richard Allen Sandra Parkes
I have held senior roles in project management in the public sector, private sector, public private partnerships and ‘big 4’ management consultancies. I am experienced across the life-cycle, from start-up to close-out, and have worked in many industries and sectors. My passion, however, is getting the best out of the team.
I have a Masters in project management (MBA) with a final dissertation on best practice for project management of technology while working in the nuclear sector. I am a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, certified to the highest level of practitioner (CPM), sit on the main board of the professional body and act as Board Champion for best practice groups (SIGs). I was a founding member of best practice groups for Governance, Assurance, and Portfolio Management, a co-author of several publications on the topics and a regular conference speaker on aspects of best practice. I sit on the steering group for the APM’s Body of Knowledge and contributed to several sections. After a lifetime of continuous professional development I am chartered by several professional bodies and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, BCS, RSC, RSA, and IBC. I am a committee member of the Institute of Directors. I started my journey in NLP in the early ‘90s and progressed to Master Practitioner. I wrote the book NLP4PM and developed the supporting training course to address a shortage in competence based training for aspiring project managers to balance the popularity of training in method and process. I am a Certified Coach and Mentor. I have a passion for peak performance and continuous personal and professional development and promise to infect you.
Starting our as an engineering apprentice with Rolls Royce, I spent a decade in international management consultancy before progressing to take up several board appointments, including: Production Director with JCB, Manufacturing Engineering Director of what is now BMW Mini, Managing Director of worldwide operations for Diageo, Business Development Director for Perot Systems (now Dell), and Managing Director for Birse Rail(now within Balfour Beatty).
Substantial improvements in performance required both cultural change and breakthrough management thinking and I have applied theory to practice in many boardrooms. I can help you to do the same.
Starting out as an operational research analyst with the National Coal Board, I moved through management positions with several companies to commercial director with what is now HMRC before being appointed as Chief Executive of CCTA. When that was no more, I became Major Projects Director of the Office of Government Commerce, and within the Cabinet Office when OGC was absorbed, taking responsibility for oversight of the UK government’s major projects. I remain a board member of the BCS. Benefits from large capital investments can be realised with the right blend of process, skills and behaviours, and I can show you how.
I have a long and established record in project management and business change working for companies including: EDS, IBM, CSC, Reed Elsevier, Welsh Assembly Government, Bupa, Xerox, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. Roles have included:
• Stakeholder management to executive board level
• Programme Management and portfolio management best practice implementation, including PMO setup
• Trouble-shooting Projects £1m – 200 million
• Managed strategic service organisations of 2 – 5000 people
• Managed global IT service contracts, TCV £2000m, through start-up & transformation
• Negotiated and managed IT Service, Outsource and SI contracts
• Designed and led EMEA wide Six Sigma Programmes
• Coached Business Leaders and Individuals to excellence, using certified coaching techniques, practices and interventions
• Managing major change and transformation programmes incorporating business wide systems implementation, end to end business process re-engineering as well as cultural and behavioural change.
I have excellent interpersonal skills, supported by a certification as Master Practitioner of NLP and Master Coach, enabling me to help build high performing skilled and motivated teams as well as effective value based relationships with stakeholders.
My early career was in buying for high street brands, culminating in General Buyer for the Do-It-All DIY chain. This gave me a strong background in negotiation skills as well as general management. From there I moved on to become Strategy Development Manager for BT (British Telecommunications) during the time when it was morphing from a government monopoly to a major commercial telecommunications company.
I trained under the founders of NLP, being a certified trainer under Richard Bandler and certified coach under John Grinder. I specialise in 1-2-1 training and coaching and executive support. I also run ‘Tribal Gatherings’ for like-minded NLP professionals.
I graduated in Computer Science and progressed through a number of senior project and management roles in the utility, rail and consultancy sectors, culminating in Managing Director for Energy Retail with ABB.
I completed a second degree in Psychology and now focus on executive coaching to develop Emotional Intelligence. I am an accredited 360 degree feedback assessor and EQ assessor.
My Project Management work over three decades has delivered business change through systems changes, mainly in the London financial sector. I’m qualified through APM and PRINCE2, and experienced in many waterfall projects, and I’ve also run agile projects as a qualified DSDM PM, and Certified Scrum Master.
I learned my NLP Master Practitioner through multiple well-known trainers, covering Systemic NLP, Time-Line techniques and Accelerated Learning style. I’m a certified Trainer of NLP, and a certified Co-Active Coach.
I’ve found that Project Management thinking fits well with NLP’s well-formed outcomes, logical levels, and time-line shifts, to help decide and follow-through on goals. While my Co-Active Coaching and Ericksonian language brings an enjoyable seamless way to align your inner conviction and energise your motivation.
My professional coaching has been a mix of personal career coaching, and helping people to face big challenges in their life.
I am an HR professional and trainer specialising in workplace wellness, leadership and performance management and have delivered these functions across Europe, Middle East & Africa for a global blue chip company.
I hold a PGCE in adult education and a Masters in Education specialising in Leadership and Management. I am a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIFL) and of the RSA, and a professional member of the Insitute of Leadership & Management.
I am a certified NLP practitioner and have completed and trained a wide range of personal development courses. I am also an accredited workplace wellness consultant and a leadership development facilitator (DDI).
Testimonials and Endorsements
Soft skills are the difference that makes the difference in leadership of change. Getting change to work well is really all about people. Peter tirelessly promotes this in project management, both through Alchemy, and more specifically in this book, which is a major contribution to the discipline.
To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that.
As Project Managers, there is a continuing need to take our skill base to the highest level. This book will surely add to your skill set, particularly in the challenging area of ‘soft skills’.
Professional PMs know that being successful requires more than following a framework or a process. Peter shows us that using a competence-based application of NLP techniques can drive more effective management. For a PM looking for an edge, Peter’s book is brilliant!
Goleman persuaded 5 million readers that EI was more important than IQ to success, but stopped short of telling us what to do about it. Peter shows us how. A must-read set of life and business skills for all professional interim executives
In the world of project assurance we look at two things to gain confidence that projects will be successful: processes and people. There is ample guidance for the processes bit but until recently precious little about the people. This book is a significant contribution to a limited genre of literature that aims to help people develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to increase the chances of project success’
(Project) Management is a combination of toolset and mindset. Currently the PM toolset box is overflowing and cluttered. It needs a good cleanout. On the other hand the PM mindset box is alarmingly empty except for some snake oil. The way ahead is a combination of mindset and toolset and we’ve done toolset to death. The articulation of an idea which works elsewhere and needed explaining in our language is therefore to be welcomed with open arms (and minds).
International Project Management constitutes a complex world within which there are uncertainties and diverse stakeholder challenges. Peter’s book is not only informative but, through consideration of NLP tools and techniques, provides us with a deeper insight and much needed guidance in developing flexible solutions to complexities found in managing international projects effectively. I look forward to him talking to our students about it’
I first spoke with Peter about three years ago about the need to develop self awareness and soft skills in project managers in order for them to become better leaders, and I was impressed with Peter’s application of NLP at the time. It appears that this conversation seeded a book, and an excellent one too. Well done!
Projects are delivered by people, success is getting teams of people to work together for a common goal. Project processes, tools and techniques help in delivery, but they are used by people. There are many texts on the process used in project management and they are relatively straightforward to understand and learn, people are more complex. This book on the people side of project management provides structure to help you as a project manager, and the teams around you, deliver successful projects. Peter has made this subject an enjoyable read bought to life with practical illustrations from his own extensive project management career. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to project professionals whether starting out on their career, or those with more experience seeking to constantly improve their performance.