Inaugural Project Management Community of Practice Event

Join the Next Generation, Sunshine Coast PM Community of Practice, for our inaugural breakfast event:

Starts: Mar 11 2021, 7:00 am   Ends: 9:30 am

Venue location: USC Sunshine Coast, Innovation Centre Auditorium, Hall 1 90 Sippy Downs Drive Sippy Downs, QLD 4556

Online registration link:

This event qualifies for Project Management CPD Points.

  • 7:00am to 7:45am – Networking and continental breakfast
  • 7:50am to 8:00am – Welcome
  • 8:00am to 8:40am – Guest speaker presentations
  • 8:40am to 9:00am – Questions
  • 9:00am to 9:10am – Event sponsor
  • 9:10am to 9:20am – Final wrap up

Guest Speaker – Ian Biggs, FAIPM, ChPP, CPPE

Ian is the Senior Manager for the Unitywater Enterprise Portfolio Management Office. He has had a long and rewarding career in project management working for Defence, Airservices Australia, International Centre for Complex Project Management and numerous contract roles. He has an active interest in the resolution of complex problems which invade projects of all types. His current role is to implement new systems and processes within Unitywater while nurturing the next generation mindsets that are a must in today’s context in which we deliver projects. Today, Ian will commence the proceedings with a presentation that aims to set the context for project management on a global level and discuss methods tools and techniques that are more suited to the delivery of projects in a complex environment.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), a Certification Project Management Assessor – AIPM, Certified and Practicing Portfolio Executive (CPPE) appointed by AIPM; Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) appointed by the UK Association for Project Management (APM) and he has completed studies in Complex Project Management with the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) and QUT. Ian is a past Queensland Chapter Councillor with AIPM and National Chief Judge for its Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA). He is a regular speaker at project management forums and is often asked to talk about the practical application of complex project management methods.

Guest Speaker – Ben McGovern, MAIPM CPPD

Ben is the Coordinator of the Civil Projects Team, which resides within the Project Delivery Branch, Liveability and Natural Assets Group, Sunshine Coast Council. The Project Delivery Branch consists of three delivery teams (Civil, Recreational and Urban) with support from a Capital Planning and Project Management Office (PMO). The Civil Team, like the other delivery teams, consists largely of Project Managers across a variety of skillsets and backgrounds and delivers approximately $50 – $60M per year in Capital Works, within the overall Project Delivery Branch which delivers in excess of $120M per year.

Ben began his career more than 20 years ago as a Site Engineer on highway projects across the United Kingdom, including involvement in a successful and world-first box-jacking under a rail line. Moving to Canada several years later, he was fortunate to be given the opportunity with a Tier 1 Civil Contractor to work across five States, being exposed to working in temperatures ranging from +45 Deg Celsius down to -52 Deg Celsius. Projects ranged from LPG Supertanker terminals along the rugged Eastern coast (largest tides in the world > 10m per day), to a central Hydro-Dam and far reaching northern Mining sites, through to multi-billion dollar bridge and road projects in the West. Ben then secured a role as a Senior Structures Engineer with John Holland, and spent several years constructing 12 bridges for the Airport Link Project, Brisbane. Having then experienced a range of Project Management roles across various parts of South East Queensland, and having spent 15 years in the private contracting sector, Ben joined the Sunshine Coast Council in 2015 to further broaden his skills, particularly client-sided Project Management and to obtain knowledge of Local Government operations.

Ben has seen a change of Project Management across the years, and now has a good understanding of the private sector contracting (across all Tiers), and Local Government, specifically in the delivery of Civil Infrastructure. Ben has been affiliated with the AIPM for several years, which has guided and assisted him in completing further tertiary education in recent years, namely in Project and Program Management, including CPPD accreditation.

Thank you to event sponsors Pro Leaders Academy.