Here is some recent client feedback.
“Ken worked for me at Amlin, providing first class PMO services on a business-critical £55m programme. He demonstrated time and again an ability to quickly grasp the task at hand and deliver precisely what was needed, to the right quality and on time. He invariably understood the bigger picture whilst not losing sight of the detail on what was a highly complex and multi-faceted programme.
For example, he developed a scheduling plan that acted as an early warning system on timing, and in the process, reassured the CxO stakeholders and Internal Audit that everything would be in place in time for the moves. He also co-ordinated all the reporting and RAID management for the programme enabling me to merely review for issues, etc., and thus leaving me free to focus on workstream and senior stakeholder management.
His commitment to the programme, and the rest of my team, was always clear and absolutely evident. A valuable and key member of the team, he is genuinely one of those people whom you know will be successful in whatever they choose to do in life.”
Ian Housby, Integral Property Solutions Ltd (2015)
“Ken and I worked together for 18 months on a large insurance change programme in 2013/14 and I have no hesitation in recommending Ken as a ‘best of breed’ Programme Office Manager.
His help and support in all stages of the Programme, from setup (including recruitment and on boarding) through reporting and risks management, to implementation and delivery was consistent and thorough. His ability to rationalise many disparate work stream strands into one integrated Programme Plan meant that we were able to highlight key dependencies/risks and manage/mitigate accordingly.
When we encountered particularly complicated challenges as part of the design phase, his engineering background provided added value, allowing us to clearly explain to stakeholders the options and challenges.
His experience and drive means that he can be relied upon to deliver quality, even when faced with the tightest deadlines and challenging demands. His ability to provide what you need – even before you realise what it is! – is invaluable.
Ken is a consummate team player and loyal colleague. Given the opportunity, I would be very keen to work with him again.”
“I’ve worked with Ken twice now. Firstly I worked with Ken at Cardif Pinnacle to establish a PMO that was really focussed on ‘value add’. Ken’s knowledge of PMO process and governance is fantastic and the best thing is, he’s a pragmatist with it, which is the key to his success.
On our second stint working together Ken came in to support the project to deliver the workplace strategy and subsequent move into the Leadenhall Building at Amlin. Again, he proved his worth quickly and became an invaluable member of the team for the Programme Lead and myself.
If you want a cracking PMO person on the team then Ken would be number one on the list of people I would call.”
Mark Ferguson, Change and Operations Professional (2013)
“I brought Ken into the EMEA regional PMO to bring PMO oversight to a portfolio of Finance-related projects, and to make improvements to PMO processes in the areas of Financial Management and Stage Gate Reviews.
Ken built good professional relationships with the programme teams, helping them through AIG’s Project Management Lifecycle. He also delivered two significant PMO process improvements: a Finance Report using data extracted from HP PPM Center via SAP Business Objects to give more visibility of financial year budgets (together with monthly splits of expense by resource type); and a project Stage Gate Review and Checklist template. He has backed up both of these with process documentation and Quick Reference Guides.
Ken’s approach is friendly but professional, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to augment their PMO team with robust, good quality services whilst making real process improvements.”