Event Details

Oil, Construction, IT, Space, Energy, Engineering, Autos & Pharma/Biotech, what next?

How transferable is PM?

Should project managers be able to move easily between life science and other sectors such as construction, IT, energy and so on? Perhaps, but few do. This joint PIPMG/APM event will explore this issue and discuss the latest thinking about PM role definition and accreditation. The event is free and drinks/refreshments will be provided.

Registration for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend, please contact us as there may have been cancellations.


Pauline Stewart-Long, PIPMG & Rebecca Fox, APM

David Bryde: Director of Research & Knowledge Transfer, Liverpool Business School

David Bryde

David's research brings a management science/social science perspective to the subject of sustainability in PM, focusing on aspects of the topic in the context of projects and temporary multi-organisations [TMOs]. He is particularly interested in how projects and TMOs contribute to sustainable development through the design, procurement and delivery of new products, services, systems and infrastructures. This includes topics such as relational/psycho-social aspects of projects, lean PM, sustainable procurement in projects, the management of customer/supplier networks in TMOs and the use of innovative processes and new digital technologies in PM.  His most recently completed research project, which was funded by the APM investigated relational aspects in the management of outsourced projects.  He is currently the Lead Project Coordinator for the EU Marie Sklodowska Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Horizon 2020 Work Programme “Being Lean and Seen: meeting the challenges of delivering projects successfully in the 21st century” (Euros 330,000). This is a four year project involving nine academic and non-academic partners from the UK, Germany and Malaysia.He is also currently involved in an APM funded research project investigating the coping strategies adopted by project managers to deal with difficult stakeholders. Professor Bryde is widely published, with in excess of 100 journal papers, research monographs, book chapters, conference presentations, invited keynote speeches/guest lectures/presentations, expert interviews and articles.

Mike Florence, i-Business Flo

Mike Florence

Dr Mike Florence PhD, MBA is an independent business coach and development consultant with over 30 years’ experience in bulk chemicals, pharmaceutical operations and R&D. He has delivered large, complex projects to decision points on time covering areas from research labs to launch and post market activities. He has also supported SME’s across a variety of sectors, such as 3D printing and high-performance car component manufacture, to deliver investor ready capability and has enabled £1.5m in grants to be accessed. Recent work includes delivering operational excellence/change across the complete pharma value chain and the set-up of global launch plans for a breakthrough medicine. Mike has a specific interest in the role of people in delivering projects and products. He is a full member of the Association of Project Management. Mike gained a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, MBA from the Open University and is a registered practitioner of Prince2 and Management of Successful Programmes.

Jason Selby: Head of PMO, Data and Computational Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline

Jason Selby

After graduating with a BSC in Construction Management from Leeds the early part of my career was spent across various roles in construction including site engineer, site management, planning and project management before progressing to a strategic project management consultancy within Tarmac construction. My initial assignments were with consultants delivering specialist Risk and Value management workshops for blue chip clients. Later during my time at Tarmac I became part of a major programme teams tasked with high profile public projects including the Royal opera house refurbishment in Covent garden and the conversion of the Bankside PowerStation into the Tate gallery for modern art. Toward the end of 1998 I took the decision to switch industries joining SmithKline Beecham later to merge with Glaxo Welcome to form Glaxo Smithkline. I am now in my 20th Year at GSK my experience has spanned Drug discovery and development and medicine delivery enterprise portfolio and programme management. I am Currently fully occupied establishing and driving integrated planning, scheduling and execution of Big Data and computational science build within GSK R&D.  The work encompasses multi-discipline teams spanning data acquisition, curation through to Data Science & Analytics solution design, development and deployment. Core to the role has been the establishment, development and embedding of Project and Programme Management best practice across the department via diverse team of technical project & programme managers.


John Faulkes and Keith Rodgers, PIPMG

Pauline Stewart-Long, PIPMG & Rebecca Fox, APM

Event Agenda

24th Jan 2019

Time Item Speaker
15:00 Registration and networking
15:15 Welcome and Introduction Pauline Stewart-Long, PIPMG & Rebecca Fox, APM
15:30 Research to explore similarities and differences across sectors as well as between projects David Bryde, Liverpool Business School
16:00 Transferring PM skills between manufacturing and life sciences R&D Mike Florence, i-Business Flo
16:15 Transferring PM skills between construction and life sciences R&D Jason Selby, GlaxoSmithKline
16:45 Discussion - what can we conclude from this event - and what is the future of collaboration between PIPMG and APM? John Faulkes and Keith Rodgers, PIPMG
17:45 Closing remarks Pauline Stewart-Long, PIPMG & Rebecca Fox, APM
17:50 Networking
18:30 Meeting close

Venue Details

The meeting will be held on 24th January 2019 at: 2 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9LQ, United Kingdom, and will start at 15:00.

About the Venue

Please note, the venue address is:


Royal Society of Medicine

Chandos House

2 Queen Anne Street

London W1G 9LQ