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Peter Parkes Ivor Lewis Bob Assirati Roy Cooper Michael Beale Mike Jones Richard Allen Sandra Parkes
I have held senior roles in project management in the public sector, private sector, public private partnerships and ‘big 4’ management consultancies. I am experienced across the life-cycle, from start-up to close-out, and have worked in many industries and sectors. My passion, however, is getting the best out of the team.
I have a Masters in project management (MBA) with a final dissertation on best practice for project management of technology while working in the nuclear sector. I am a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, certified to the highest level of practitioner (CPM), sit on the main board of the professional body and act as Board Champion for best practice groups (SIGs). I was a founding member of best practice groups for Governance, Assurance, and Portfolio Management, a co-author of several publications on the topics and a regular conference speaker on aspects of best practice. I sit on the steering group for the APM’s Body of Knowledge and contributed to several sections. After a lifetime of continuous professional development I am chartered by several professional bodies and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, BCS, RSC, RSA, and IBC. I am a committee member of the Institute of Directors. I started my journey in NLP in the early ‘90s and progressed to Master Practitioner. I wrote the book NLP4PM and developed the supporting training course to address a shortage in competence based training for aspiring project managers to balance the popularity of training in method and process. I am a Certified Coach and Mentor. I have a passion for peak performance and continuous personal and professional development and promise to infect you.
Starting our as an engineering apprentice with Rolls Royce, I spent a decade in international management consultancy before progressing to take up several board appointments, including: Production Director with JCB, Manufacturing Engineering Director of what is now BMW Mini, Managing Director of worldwide operations for Diageo, Business Development Director for Perot Systems (now Dell), and Managing Director for Birse Rail(now within Balfour Beatty).
Substantial improvements in performance required both cultural change and breakthrough management thinking and I have applied theory to practice in many boardrooms. I can help you to do the same.
Starting out as an operational research analyst with the National Coal Board, I moved through management positions with several companies to commercial director with what is now HMRC before being appointed as Chief Executive of CCTA. When that was no more, I became Major Projects Director of the Office of Government Commerce, and within the Cabinet Office when OGC was absorbed, taking responsibility for oversight of the UK government’s major projects. I remain a board member of the BCS. Benefits from large capital investments can be realised with the right blend of process, skills and behaviours, and I can show you how.
I have a long and established record in project management and business change working for companies including: EDS, IBM, CSC, Reed Elsevier, Welsh Assembly Government, Bupa, Xerox, Rolls Royce and Vodafone. Roles have included:
• Stakeholder management to executive board level
• Programme Management and portfolio management best practice implementation, including PMO setup
• Trouble-shooting Projects £1m – 200 million
• Managed strategic service organisations of 2 – 5000 people
• Managed global IT service contracts, TCV £2000m, through start-up & transformation
• Negotiated and managed IT Service, Outsource and SI contracts
• Designed and led EMEA wide Six Sigma Programmes
• Coached Business Leaders and Individuals to excellence, using certified coaching techniques, practices and interventions
• Managing major change and transformation programmes incorporating business wide systems implementation, end to end business process re-engineering as well as cultural and behavioural change.
I have excellent interpersonal skills, supported by a certification as Master Practitioner of NLP and Master Coach, enabling me to help build high performing skilled and motivated teams as well as effective value based relationships with stakeholders.
My early career was in buying for high street brands, culminating in General Buyer for the Do-It-All DIY chain. This gave me a strong background in negotiation skills as well as general management. From there I moved on to become Strategy Development Manager for BT (British Telecommunications) during the time when it was morphing from a government monopoly to a major commercial telecommunications company.
I trained under the founders of NLP, being a certified trainer under Richard Bandler and certified coach under John Grinder. I specialise in 1-2-1 training and coaching and executive support. I also run ‘Tribal Gatherings’ for like-minded NLP professionals.
I graduated in Computer Science and progressed through a number of senior project and management roles in the utility, rail and consultancy sectors, culminating in Managing Director for Energy Retail with ABB.
I completed a second degree in Psychology and now focus on executive coaching to develop Emotional Intelligence. I am an accredited 360 degree feedback assessor and EQ assessor.
My Project Management work over three decades has delivered business change through systems changes, mainly in the London financial sector. I’m qualified through APM and PRINCE2, and experienced in many waterfall projects, and I’ve also run agile projects as a qualified DSDM PM, and Certified Scrum Master.
I learned my NLP Master Practitioner through multiple well-known trainers, covering Systemic NLP, Time-Line techniques and Accelerated Learning style. I’m a certified Trainer of NLP, and a certified Co-Active Coach.
I’ve found that Project Management thinking fits well with NLP’s well-formed outcomes, logical levels, and time-line shifts, to help decide and follow-through on goals. While my Co-Active Coaching and Ericksonian language brings an enjoyable seamless way to align your inner conviction and energise your motivation.
My professional coaching has been a mix of personal career coaching, and helping people to face big challenges in their life.
I am an HR professional and trainer specialising in workplace wellness, leadership and performance management and have delivered these functions across Europe, Middle East & Africa for a global blue chip company.
I hold a PGCE in adult education and a Masters in Education specialising in Leadership and Management. I am a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIFL) and of the RSA, and a professional member of the Insitute of Leadership & Management.
I am a certified NLP practitioner and have completed and trained a wide range of personal development courses. I am also an accredited workplace wellness consultant and a leadership development facilitator (DDI).
Testimonials and Endorsements
Professional PMs know that being successful requires more than following a framework or a process. Peter shows us that using a competence-based application of NLP techniques can drive more effective management. For a PM looking for an edge, Peter’s book is brilliant!
There is still lots of room for improvement in project delivery performance in all sectors. In most cases vast improvement can easily come from all project players really understanding each other better and having higher quality relationships and interactions. NLP is a perfect technique to help all project players to improve in this area – enabling misunderstandings to be avoided or spotted and difficult issues confronted which will lead to better project outcomes. I recommend that all project players spend time to learn from this topic and improve their own capability and performance.
Change is the only constant’ is a well known phrase and clearly evident within progressive organisations today. NLP should be an integral accessory to the overall project, programme and portfolio managers toolkit and this book, authored by a respected practitioner, provides useful and clearly articulated comparisons between the various methodologies assisting the reader to be better prepared and able to use the right tool at the right time for their given role.
In this book Peter Parkes focuses on an increasingly valued aspect of project management. Soft skills have always underlain excellent project management performance, but the underlying concepts and techniques have not been clearly expressed. Peter has now demonstrated how NLP can help many of us, in a most helpful and engaging way. The benefits of applying, rather than just reading, his approach will become apparent to those concerned with supporting individual projects as to those governing major portfolios of programmes and projects. Knowing the depth of knowledge and experience on which this book is based I have no hesitation in recommending it.
(Project) Management is a combination of toolset and mindset. Currently the PM toolset box is overflowing and cluttered. It needs a good cleanout. On the other hand the PM mindset box is alarmingly empty except for some snake oil. The way ahead is a combination of mindset and toolset and we’ve done toolset to death. The articulation of an idea which works elsewhere and needed explaining in our language is therefore to be welcomed with open arms (and minds).
I first spoke with Peter about three years ago about the need to develop self awareness and soft skills in project managers in order for them to become better leaders, and I was impressed with Peter’s application of NLP at the time. It appears that this conversation seeded a book, and an excellent one too. Well done!
Project Managers need a range of hard and soft skills to drive project management processes to deliver successfully. I am clear that using associated PPM tools and applying learning is not enough on its own. Peter’s book brings analysis, insight and valuable pointers to improving those very important soft skills such as building rapport with stakeholders, handling difficult situations and being assertive. I recommend Peter’s book, read it and help improve both your personal performance and your team’s performance.
In the world of project assurance we look at two things to gain confidence that projects will be successful: processes and people. There is ample guidance for the processes bit but until recently precious little about the people. This book is a significant contribution to a limited genre of literature that aims to help people develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours to increase the chances of project success’
The scope of the project management profession is very broad and often the softer skills are neglected, yet it is the people and teams that make the difference. We have heard the adage ‘What are the top three areas of project management?’ – 1 Communication, 2 Communication and 3 Communication! Whilst this is intended to be light hearted there is some logic here. Peter has linked NLP to project management which will certainly support the communication topic and Peter’s background, experience of a number of sectors, cultures and organisations provides the credibility to deliver.
To be effective, project managers must learn the language of the boardroom. Peter and this book will help you to do that.