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APM President Martin Barnes named PM Ambassador™

08-03-2007 12:41 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Dallas, Texas – July 31, 2007 — PMForum, Inc. announced today that Dr. Martin Barnes, PhD, has joined the PM AmbassadorsTM Speakers Bureau recently created by the company. Dr. Barnes is one of the most recognized project management leaders in the UK and around the World, and has been a featured speaker at many project management conferences and events in recent years. PMForum announced the formation of the PM Ambassadors™ Speakers Bureau on June 26, 2007.

According to PMForum president David L. Pells, “Martin Barnes has been one of the leading figures in the project management profession for many years. He has decades of experience, is widely published on the topic of modern project management, and is widely respected. His availability and participation as a PM Ambassador™ provides a significant resource for event planners worldwide.”

Dr. Martin Barnes, is President of the Association for Project Management, the professional body for project managers in the UK. He was a founding member (no. 10) of APM in 1972 and has been an active APM leader since that time. He was APM Chair in the 1980s and was named an APM Fellow in 1995. Martin has a civil engineering degree from the University of London and a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK. His doctorate was awarded in 1971 for research into improved methods of financial control for engineering projects.

Martin Barnes invented the classic Time/Cost/Quality triangle and other project management techniques over the years. He built up his own PM business over 15 years until it merged with what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1985. Now a consultant in project management, Martin was also Executive Director of the Major Projects Association (MPA) for nine years until 2006. Dr Barnes has advised on significant projects in many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa, for the World Bank, other funding agencies, governments, promoters and major contractors. He has worked on projects in the engineering, defense, aerospace, IT, financial, business change and media sectors. Martin’s BBC television programme on project management has been used as a training aid in many countries. He has acted as expert witness in a number of arbitrations concerning major projects. He has lectured and presented training programmes in project management in 22 countries

Martin Barnes led the team that produced the New Engineering Contract (NEC), a system of contracts designed to facilitate and stimulate the use of modern project management across all the contributors on a project. The NEC is now being used in over 20 countries and has been adopted by the UK government for all publicly funded construction projects. Martin Barnes has been active in the International Project Management Association (IPMA) since 1972, having attended all but one of its world congresses since that year. He is a Fellow of IPMA and a former board member and Chairman of its Council of Representatives. Dr Barnes is a recipient of the Chartered Institute of Management’s Special Award and of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ Watson Medal in the UK, both for his personal contributions to the development of project management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK’s highest engineering recognition, and is a Churchill Fellow.

On 26 June 2007, PMForum announced the formation of the PM AmbassadorsTM Speakers Bureau as a new global service for project management leaders and meeting planners worldwide. The program offers and promotes leading project management authorities, experts and professional leaders who are available to speak at conferences, meetings and seminars worldwide. PM AmbassadorsTM include globally-recognized project management professional experts; authors of PM textbooks; former presidents and chairs of PM professional societies; experienced project managers and PM professionals; and retired executives of project and program-oriented organizations. PM AmbassadorsTM are available to speak at project management conferences, meetings, seminars and workshops, and at corporate events. Interested meeting organizers and planners can contact for more information. Background information about individual speakers, availability and potential presentation topics can be found at

SOURCE: PMForum, Inc.

Established in 1995, was the world’s first website devoted to professional project management and continues to be one of the world’s most popular sources of project management news and information. PMForum is a company formed to operate and administer the website. PMForum also produces the monthly online PM World Today eJournal where articles, papers, reports and viewpoints by leading PM authorities from around the world can be found; free subscriptions are available at

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