Measuring the sustainability of project outcomes

acumen7 member Warren Beardall shared the background to the PhD he is about to start at Leeds University during which he will explore whether sustainability can sit as a central project objective and benefit from united influence of project actors through the appropriate choices of project control. Approaching a PhD mid-way through his career, Warren is well placed to undertake this research, as he has 25 years of industry experience within the PFI sample space, a career focused on project risk and control, a recent MSc distinction in Project Management and is currently embarking on a second MSc in Psychology.

To see more from Warren, visit: Warren Beardall – projects | within projects (projectswithinprojects.blog)

 

An update on Opiner

acumen7 were delighted to welcome back Steve Molesworth of Opiner, who gave an update on developments over the last two years. Opiner is a novel video insight platform, that puts people front and centre in creative endeavours. It challenges the status quo and inspires others to think big by seeing things through other’s eyes. Opiner offers engagement with bespoke communities for every project and can evidence a strategy for continuous learning.

For more information on Opiner, visit: https://opiner.app/

 

Cormis Partners’ business overview

acumen7 member Florian de Cormis gave an overview of Cormis Partners, a London-based independent recruitment company, specialising in international executive search on behalf of the Energy, Infrastructure, and Industrial and Manufacturing sectors. Along with their executive search offering, Cormis Partners also offers market mapping, and interim management and contract recruitment services to boards, SMTs and investors for companies going through transformation and growth. Florian sought feedback from the members and guests on future challenges for the recruitment industry.

For more information on Cormis Partners, visit: https://www.cormispartners.com/

 

Enabling infrastructure and buildings to better withstand biochemical threats

Director of DBG Defence Hamish de Bretton-Gordon gave a confidential presentation to acumen7 members today on current threats to bio-security. Hamish covered where the threats are perceived to be coming from, and how we can enable our infrastructure and buildings to better withstand them. Hamish has served and volunteered in conflict zones around the world and unearthed evidence of multiple chemical attacks in the current Syrian conflict. He continues to advise the Government at the highest level, including after the 2018 Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. Hamish was formerly a British Army officer for 23 years and commanding officer of the UK’s Joint Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. Hamish is the author of Chemical Warrior.

 

An overview of the Croatia project

acumen7’s March meeting had a true member focus. First up were Robert Williams, Robert Osborne, John Pilkington and Andrew Joss (and in spirit Donnie MacNicol). They showcased their teamwork from the last few years while they have been supporting the government of a developing EU country with its strategic investment planning. They shared their experience of working together as members of the acumen7 network, and highlighted reflections and things to think about when considering future assignments. They also sought input on ways the work might be utilised and leveraged for the benefit of the whole network.

 

Reinventing yourself, your leadership style and the leadership agenda

Following on from its first successful Seminar on The Future of Work in July 2019, acumen7’s second seminar in September 2021 featured five presenters. The first was Alan Watkins, CEO of Complete – a data-driven leadership development consultancy. Alan is also an author and global thought leader on human performance, complexity and well-being. He spoke about how to reinvent yourself, your leadership style and the leadership agenda. With the accelerating pace of change, this allows you to go further, faster. Alan also demonstrated how organisational network analysis can reveal profound insights into how companies function.

For more information, visit: www.complete-coherence.com