Charles Mills speaks to APM Fellows Forum

On 15 September 2021, CPC’s Programme Director and Deputy Chair of the Association for Project Management’s Board of Trustees, Charles Mills, presented his keynote speech at the latest ‘APM Fellows Forum’

The Forum brings together the most senior professionals in project management to discuss the biggest issues facing UK business and the role that the project management industry has to play.

In this session, there were six key themes for business-led opportunities identified by guest speaker, Maxine Bligh, Director of New Business Opportunities, CBI, which could be worth up to £700Bn to the UK economy by 2030.

These were:

  1. decarbonisation;
  2. innovation;
  3. global trade;
  4. thriving regions;
  5. inclusion and skills;
  6. health

In his capacity as APM Deputy Board Chair, Charles introduced APM’s new CEO, Professor Adam Boddison, and then provided an update on three focus areas for the APM:

  • APM’s 5-year strategy – the APM will shortly be publishing their strategy for the next 5 years. It will set out their vision for leveraging Chartered Status to position the profession to be at the forefront of enhancing the delivery of change across all sectors.
  • Misconceptions of APM’s role – there is a misconception in some quarters that the APM is the association OF project MANAGERS. Charles asserted that this was definitely not the case and that we are the Association FOR Project MANAGEMENT. The APM support and represent all professionals working in the project space in whatever capacity or specialism.
  • Challenges for NextGen – the importance of informal learning. Remote working has deprived the developing professional of the opportunity to observe more experienced practitioners going about their work or to engage in casual discussion with them about professional matters.

Charles Mills Programme Director CPC Project Services

Charles said “I have no doubt that remote working, exclusively, will delay the speed of professional maturity for those starting out in their project management-based careers. This is to the detriment of the entire profession and the pan-societal benefits that we have the potential to deliver. The sooner that we can interact face to face in an office environment, the better for all.

APM’s new 5-year strategy seeks to address this, and other, challenges facing the project management industry. We have an opportunity to fully utilise our status as a Chartered profession to bring innovation and change to the delivery of projects across all sectors, and to be recognised as a key enabler to the success of UK business infrastructure and growth”.

For more information on the Association for Project Management & upcoming events please visit: or you can contact Charles Mills directly:

Date: 22/09/2021
Category: News