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Richard Pharro - Chief Executive Officer

Richard Pharro, CEO, APMGRichard Pharro is the CEO of The APM Group Limited. He trained as a Civil Engineer and worked on projects in the UK and the Middle East and was part of the Programme Management Team responsible for the re-development of London Docklands in the 1980s. In the past Richard has been a member of the IPMA Board, a previous Vice Chairman of APM and with colleagues has built APM Group into an international organisation with offices on each continent specialising in accreditation and certification. He is a joint author of one book - The Relationship Manager - and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

Richard joined our industry during a period of rapid change and is still learning.

Michael F. Dallas, MA (Cantab), MICE, FIVM, MAPM - Non-Executive Director

Michael Dallas, Lead Author, MoV

Michael has worked as a consultant to the construction industry for many years, initially in Water Treatment and Civil Engineering and latterly in Building and Construction. He served on the Council for the Association for Project Management and chaired the UK Institute of Value Management. He led the development of the British Standard and the Training and Certification System in Value Management, establishing it as a recognised profession in the UK. His book, Value and Risk Management - A Guide to Best Practice, was published by Blackwells in January 2006. Michael was lead author of the new Best Management Practice guide "Management of Value" (MoV®) which joins together the other PPM guides.

Michael started his career with Howard Humphreys & Sons. Currently he is a Partner with international Property and Construction Consultants Davis Langdon LLP, now part of AECOM, and has been a director of APM Group Ltd since its inception.

Rod Baker - Non-Executive Director

Rod was originally an electronics engineer, who progressed through IT and systems development into his present role as an independent professional project and programme manager, working across all sectors of industry and commerce. He has successfully delivered projects in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), a Member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and a Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Rod is an elected Board Member, Director and Trustee of APM and is Lead Assessor for the APM's Certificated Project Manager programme. He is also a Board Member of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

Adrian Dooley - Non-Executive Director

Adrian Dooley, Non-Executive DirectorAdrian is non-Executive Director of APMG. A frequent author and commentator on Project Management, Adrian has been published in Professional Engineer, Computer Weekly and The Daily Telegraph amongst others. He has been a regular speaker at conferences such as Best Practice Showcase, the APM Annual Conference and Project Challenge.

Adrian’s current area of research is the adaptation and integration of bodies of knowledge, methodologies, competency frameworks and maturity models to create an overarching, consistent framework for project, programme and portfolio (P3) management.

Adrian was the Managing Director of TPG, which he founded in 1984 and sold in 2008. Originally a Project Planner and Surveyor on major construction projects such as Hope Hospital and the CWS Bank HQ, he subsequently became a Project Manager on commercial housing, sheltered accommodation and care home projects.

He is an Honorary Fellow and active member of the APM. He was the consistency author of version 6 of the APM’s Body of Knowledge.

Nick Houlton - Chief Operating Officer APMG-International

Nick Houlton APMG-InternationalNick leads the APMG-International business working with our team across the world to improve access to leading practice, accrediting professionals and helping businesses transform their performance.

Responsible for the global business, Nick spends time with clients and partners in each of our geographic regions. Nick has a background in the software industry, having held leadership positions in consulting, education and technical support services for organizations including Oracle, Computer Associates and SAS.

A passionate advocate for transformational change, Nick has a background in Organizational Change Management, holds a Bachelor of Education degree from London University and is a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute.