Pictured launching the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s inaugural National Project Awards, in association with PwC, are: Niall Murphy (President of Ireland Chapter of PMI), Peter Glynne (PwC and Ireland Chapter PMI), Jackie Glynn (Ireland Chapter PMI) and Feilim Harvey (Portfolio & Programme Management Practice, PwC).
The National Project Awards, proudly supported by PwC Ireland, has been launched by the Ireland Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). The awards will be presented at PwC's Spencer Dock headquarters on November 1.
The awards will be held on the eve of International Project Management Day 2017. They promote the vital role of project managers in the uncertain times ahead and the best practice being developed to overcome obstacles that threaten project success within the growing profession.
Explaining the purpose of the awards, Ireland Chapter of PMI President Niall Murphy said: “Our members are predicting significant foreign direct investment coming to this country. Project management will play a key role in the management and delivery of these projects. The appetite validates just how invaluable skilled project managers are, and will be, to the economy and we want to highlight and showcase this with the National Project Awards.
“However, the biggest obstacle is that rents and house prices are rising sharply. We need joined-up thinking and workable solutions from all invested stakeholders on how to tackle this issue.”
The deadline for all nominations is September 1 and the finalists will be announced October 6.
There will be six categories open for public nomination, including PMO of the Year, SME Project of the Year, Private Sector (non-SME) Project of the Year, Public Sector Project of the Year, and Project Management for Social Good.
The PwC-sponsored Project Professional of the Year will also be open for public nomination.
The awards will include one honorary nomination for Distinguished Contribution to Project Management, sponsored by the Ireland Chapter of PMI.
Partner in PwC heading up their Portfolio and Programme Management Practice in Ireland, Féilim Harvey said: “We are delighted to partner with the Ireland Chapter of PMI to launch the inaugural National Project Awards. With such unprecedented levels of change within the business and political environment at the moment, fostering a community of truly excellent project managers is of critical importance to Ireland’s competitiveness and our ability to maintain our agility in this changing environment.
"It is important that we recognise the significant asset our top class project managers represent to Irish business and these awards shine a spotlight on the achievements in project management, profiling best practice in the field throughout Ireland.”
Membership of the Ireland Chapter of PMI has grown by 16% in the past 12 months, to over 1,250 members. There are currently over 50,000 employed in project management across Ireland, in sectors such as IT, public sector, construction, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.
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