CELEBRATING WOMEN IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERIES
Location: Corsham, UK
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Christine Burt FAPM
Christine is passionate about the value project management experience brings together with a structured approach in understanding the essential tasks to deliver a successful project. Standard project methodologies need to be tailored to be fit for purpose for each project delivery to be successful.
She believes, for our profession, and our projects, to succeed, it is vital that project managers have the professional project management discipline. This needs to be paramount above any other discipline. It is demonstrated by the individual membership of a professional body such as the Association for Project Management (APM) and ongoing professional experience in project delivery. It is a profession where experience is critical in identifying and reducing the risks and uncertainty associated with project delivery.
Christine graduated from King’s College, London with a science degree (BSc (Hons) AKC) followed by scientific research at Imperial College, London before moving into IT development at BP. She has been a project manager since 1999, mainly in the financial sector, originally managing IT projects. In particular, cyber security implementation, infrastructure rollouts and software delivery, and now managing portfolios of projects and programmes on an interim basis. She is a Fellow of the APM
(FAPM), member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
Why do you enjoy working in the field of project management?
Challenges, problem solving & sense of achievement.
What are your greatest achievements as a Project Manager?
Successfully delivering a variety of projects over the years from a cyber security rollout to the IT integration of an acquisition.
Why is a career as a Project Manager a great choice for women?
It is always interesting, and I see a lot of women go into event management when they would make excellent project managers which is a much better career choice.
How can women stand out in the field of Project Management?
I think we need to make more noise, I have often been told that I work quietly getting on with the project when I should be ‘shouting’ about the successes and the problems solved!
What are some of the challenges women face as Project Managers?
The usual challenges of working as a minority in a male dominated sector.
What can we do to help women to be exceptional Project Managers?
Encourage professional membership, network groups such as ‘APM Women in project management’ and start women returner programmes for project management.
Any other comments about Women in Project Management?
The double whammy of being an older women makes searching for contract work very dispiriting. I am keen to work and have the qualifications, experience and the ability but seem to get overlooked. See the BCS Diversity report 2017.
To celebrate International Women’s Day for 2018, I will be sharing the profiles and stories of some incredible women who have flourished in their project management careers. May they inspire you and the women around you to kick goals in the world of project management.
Read more about my ‘Celebrating Women in Project Management’ 50-day series here. Starts February 1, 2018.
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