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RICS Project Leadership Conference


This established event brought to you by RICS, brings together project leaders to examine how to achieve successful outcomes in their projects by adopting a best practice approach.

2017 conference has now taken place. Register your interest to be the first to hear once the next event's date and programme are confirmed.

At 2017 conference, attendees looked at:

  • Tools for achieving effective collaboration
  • A comparison of contractual arrangements and tendering strategies
  • Implementing a formal and informal risk strategy that actually works
  • Overcoming barriers to collaboration

What measures can project leaders take to ensure successful collaboration and project outcomes.

On the day like-minded professionals examined the benefits that collaboration can bring to the discipline of project management and ensure your team’s best chance of success.

Highlights for 2017:

  • Examine the importance of enabling consistent collaboration in both good and difficult economic conditions. Our expert speakers will address both hard and soft measures to get the best out of project teams as well as looking at what positive behaviors can and must be embedded by project leaders.
  • Benefit from lessons learned from a public sector case study looking at how to ensure the successful delivery of a project with a focus on overcoming resistance, explaining the tangible benefits to key stakeholders and how corporate culture can influence the outcome.
  • Hear a case study from Crossrail, focusing on how to deal with project risks effectively. You will understand how to develop and implement a formal and informal risk strategy that actually works as well as what you need to do to ensure you are meeting the project milestones and preparing for the unexpected.


RICS conferences are attended by senior decision makers from across the UK and provide a unique thought leadership and networking opportunity for your organisation. Our programmes are bespoke and offer the perfect environment to build and establish relationships. Opportunities range from exhibition stands to sponsored lunches, evening receptions, gala dinners and a host of informal social networking options.

For further information, contact Ian Christensen 

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2017 Programme

08:30 Registration and refreshments 

09:30 Chair’s opening comments
Tim Fry, Capital Investment & Development Director Moorfields Eye Hospital, NHS & Chair, RICS Project Management Professional Group Board
Russel Jamieson, Chair, APM People Specific Interest Group (SIG) and Head of APM Awards 

09:45 Opening keynote: Ensuring successful collaboration and enhanced outcomes through project leadership
Enabling consistent collaboration in both good and straitened times – measures for success
Combining both hard and soft measures to get the best out of project teams
Establishing positive behaviours driven by project leaders

10:15 Project leadership to deliver commercial success – a case study example
Ensuring successful delivery of a project 
Shaping and scoping 
Overcoming resistance
Lack of education (core business comes first)
Explaining the tangible benefits – tangible ROI
Dealing with corporate culturePaul Erricker, Academy Director, The Project Academy Limited

11:00 Networking refreshment break

11:30 Legal issues around collaboration in project management 
Identifying potential hurdles in a contract in a project
Legal issues around risk ownership 
Identifying the profile of risk
Specific discussion around who is accountable in BIM

12:15 Case study: Tools for achieving effective collaboration
A comparison of contractual arrangements and tendering strategies including:
Single/two stage tendering
Can collaboration be used to successfully incentivise contractors when there is no contractual incentive/making 2 stage work?
Jon Broome, Managing Consultant, Leading Edge Projects

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00 Case study: Risk management in project leadership - dealing with project risks effectively
How do you manage risk in collaborative contracts 
Implementing a formal and informal risk strategy that actually works
Practical ways to develop and implement project risk strategies and profiling on your major projects
Meeting the project milestones
Handling the unexpected 
Rod Nathan, Commercial Manager, Crossrail

14:45 Project effectiveness through collaboration - a case study from the infrastructure sector
In this session we present a case study of a successful approach to collaboration within a high profile infrastructure project.
Simon Blanchflower, Major Programme Director – Thameslink, Network Rail

15:30 Networking refreshment break 

16:00 Overcoming barriers to collaboration
Procurement rules
Supply chain engagement
Prejudicing future disputes
Commercial confidentiality
Behaviours and culture
Role of the client
Tim Whitehill, Managing Director, Project Five Consulting Ltd

16:45 Information management for projects
Better communication and as a result better collaboration can be delivered through use of technology. This session evaluates how technology can help in the delivery of a project:
Management of multi-disciplinary sub-consultant supply chains 
Handling model task breakdowns, sub-flows, and process handoffs 
Vince Hines, Managing Director, Wellingtone Project Management

17:30 Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference

Price excl. VAT

TBC for RICS members

TBC for non-members


Full day