About Eileen and Lindsay
When I first started work (many moons ago), I didn’t even know what a PMO was. I’m not even sure our company had one. My first role was in IT and I worked my way up through project management into IT management and then moved over to do an HR Manager Role. One of the challenges given to me was to forecast employee, contractor and consultant resources and associated costs for our projects. Success led me into a full time PMO role, looking at the wider costings and management of projects. It was here that I found a role I truly loved and began to recognise the value of a PMO to senior management and the Exec.
Moving to a new company as a PMO Manager, I was eager to learn from other PMO Managers and signed up for the PPSO SIG where I first met Lindsay. I also did a wide range of courses including PRINCE2, MSP and PPSO. What became clear very quickly was that no two PMOs were the same making each new role challenging and exciting.
My move into training and consultancy, now over ten years ago, has provided many opportunities to work with a diverse range of PMOs. I have always continued to network across industries through PPSO SIG and was instrumental in evolving this into the APM PMOSIG. PMO Flashmob and the PMO Conference provided wider networking opportunities and the chance to work more closely with Lindsay – a like minded PMO professional who takes work seriously whilst having fun.
Hi, I’m Lindsay, I’ve been around PMOs since the late 90s – working first as a Project Office Co-ordinator and later as the PMO Manager for Hewlett-Packard’s Consulting Division. I then became the co-founding Director for Arras People – the project management recruitment business and focused on PMO recruitment for a number of years. It felt like the wild west, not many businesses knew how to find the right kind of PMO talent for their business so there was certainly a lot of education going on. I also stayed part of the PMO community and met Eileen when we both volunteered for the PPSOSIG. The PPSOSIG was a community of PMO practitioners who met after taking the training course called the PPSO (Programme and Project Support Office), the people I met there, we’re still friends today and often get together whilst running and attending PMO Flashmob.
PMO Flashmob was set up about four years ago and is a networking and learning group for people working in PMO. With the success of that, the annual PMO Conference which takes place each June in London felt like a good progression. The last conference had 400 PMO practitioners in attendance, all eager to be inspired by PMO thought leadership.
PMO Learning felt like a natural progression. Eileen is the best PMO trainer in the UK and I just love getting people together to enjoy good quality learning experiences. Can’t wait to bring everything Eileen and I have always wanted from a training organisation – coupled with our total focus on PMO – to the UK market.