4th February 2020



Four events to explore the agenda of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Nick Smallwood took over from Tony Meggs as the new Chief Executive of the IPA, the organization that provides oversight, reporting and assurance for the £500 billion of public investment in the UK Government’s Major Projects Portfolio, in the summer of 2019. He’s announced an ambitious agenda to develop how the IPA is structured and the approach that it takes to the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio.

During 2020, the Major Projects Association is running a series of four events, in the Bentley Academy, in collaboration with the IPA to pick up on the main themes behind Nick’s strategy.

April 2020: An Audience with Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood, will outline his strategy for the future of the IPA. The audience, both face-to-face and online, will then have the opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback directly to the Nick.

June 2020: Leading Major Projects

What are the emerging behaviours for successful leaders in 2020 and beyond and what is the art (or science of) leading  a major project? Fiona Spencer, Project Management Head of Profession for the IPA lays out what the IPA have learned about leadership behaviour and two SROs (Senior Responsible Owners – the people tasked with the role of leading complex major projects) each share their own experience of what this looks and feels like in practice – one SRO from within public sector plus a private sector leader This will draw upon the recent IPA publications; The Art of Brilliance and The Role of the Senior Responsible Owner.

September 2020: Value and Benefits Debate

Benefits management is now a fundamental element to assuring that projects deliver real, measurable value both in terms of investment and citizen experience. The debate will tease out the role of benefits in the delivery of major projects.

November 2020: Project Delivery that is Simple but Never Simplistic

The final event will be built around the Principles of Project Delivery that the IPA will publish in the spring of 2020. The principle of simplicity reflects a growing awareness that there is a  disconnect between the need to be more agile whilst delivering more challenging projects in the face of greater uncertainty and a growing ‘project bureaucracy’ which is slowing project delivery to a crawl, inhibits innovation and encourages unhelpfully risk averse behaviour.

More details, exact dates and details for registration to attend in person or join the simutaneous webinars to follow shortly.