National Project Awards Winners Announced

The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced the winners of the 2018 National Project Awards.

Declan Rundle, Head of Enterprise Change in AIB, won Project Professional of the Year at a black tie gala dinner held on November 29th at Spencer Dock, hosted by principal sponsor PwC. He was acknowledged for his role in reinvigorating the bank’s Change Governance and Project Management, which contributed to AIB’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), Europe’s largest in 2017.

Cork Airport was recognised for its Charity of the Year programme, winning the Social Good – Corporate category for its  fundraising initiatives, including the annual 5km Runway Run, when 2,500 runners take to the runway after midnight. The winner of the Social Good – Community category was the Tour de Munster Charity Cycle.

Project Management Office of the Year was awarded to ESB IT Services while Revenue Commissioners won Public Sector Project of the Year for its Customer Engagement Strategy. Private Sector Project of the Year went to AIB for its GDPR Programme.

Ed Naughton, Director General of the Institute of Project Management and former Vice President of the IPMA (International Project Management Association), won Distinguished Contribution to Project Management

The awards recognise and honour individuals, project teams and organisations that have excelled within the project management discipline.

Speaking about the winners, President, Ireland Chapter of PMI, Pat Lucey, said: “The National Project Awards celebrate the very best of project management, at a time when demand for project managers has never been higher, due to a turbulent global economy exacerbated in Ireland by Brexit.

“By 2027, the Project Management Institute expects that employers around the world will need nearly 88m project managers. The quality and range of this year’s entries showcase why project management is so vital to delivering successful projects across all sectors in Irish commercial life.”

Mr Lucey added: “We would like to thank our judging panel who diligently reviewed each entry and selected those who, in their view, exemplify project management excellence in Ireland. A special thank you also to our valued sponsors for their continued support.”

Head of Communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane said: “The 5km Runway Run, along with previous fashion shows in the terminal building concourse, require extensive planning to adhere to security and safety compliance measures. Through the use of project management tools, we have found no need to limit the creativity of our staff when it comes to fundraising.”

Féilim Harvey, Partner in PwC heading up their Portfolio and Programme Management Practice in Ireland, said: “Project management has become one of the fastest growing and in demand careers in Ireland. We are delighted to host the National Project Awards once again, honouring those individuals, projects, and teams who have used strong project management skills to positively impact their organisations.”

The 2018 awards were supported by principal sponsor PwC, along with AIB, Aspira, CORA Systems, Datalex, Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and the Ireland Chapter of PMI.

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