International Training Symposium Keynote Speakers

02 Galorath
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Keynote Presentations:

Shane Forth & Catherine Lambert

Michael Lionais

Dr. Tim Sheldon

Andy Prince

Blazing the Project Controls Skills Trail

The reality of an emerging project controls skills shortage first became apparent in the mid-1990s. Catherine and Shane will outline how in order to ensure the success of large-scale engineering, manufacturing and construction projects, ACostE, ECITB, BCECA and other organisations collaborated with employers to develop and launch the first project controls modern apprenticeship launched in the UK in 2007.  With the UK government’s trailblazer initiative to grow the number of available apprenticeships to 3 million starts by 2020, Catherine and Shane will then explain in detail how a group of almost 50 employers, led by Costain and supported by professional bodies, academia and training organisations, are working together to develop the Project Controls Technician Trailblazer for launch in 2017.

Presented by:
forth-shaneShane Forth
Project Management Office Director
Shane Forth has 40 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Power & Process industries, is a Fellow of both APM and ACostE and an MSP Registered Practitioner. He was awarded an MSc in Project Management in 2013 from the University of Manchester, and won the Stephen Wearne award for best overall performance followed by national acclaim, winning the APM Geoffrey Trimble award for best Master’s post-graduate dissertation. Currently with Costain, for the last 24 years Shane has provided strategic and functional leadership in Project Management and Controls.


Catherine Lambert
Project Development Manager
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
Catherine Lambert is an experienced manager with product development, project management and stakeholder engagement expertise. In the last four years she has brought company project controls experts and training organisations together to create a successful, pro-active Industry-wide Project Controls Working Group. This Working Group has developed: quality Vocational Qualifications that meet the needs of industry; comprehensive training standards that specify the correct discipline-specific technical knowledge and techniques essential for the continued successful delivery of project control, cost engineering, estimating and planning by UK-based companies; and a new Project Controls Technician Apprentice Standard that is ideal for those embarking on a career in this field. Catherine continues to support the Working Group in ensuring its important contribution to the project controls profession is recognised industry and UK-wide.

Challenges for Cost Estimators: The Decision-making Process

We take great pains to analyze the requirements and produce the best cost estimate we can with the time and information available to us. Too often, we are disappointed that decision-makers did not take our advice. How can we increase our chances of influencing decisions?

Supporting Slides: Lionais Keynote

Presented by:
lionais-mikeMichael Lionais, CPA, CMA
Executive Director, Costing Centre of Expertise, Financial Management Sector
Office of the Comptroller General, Canada
Mike Lionais has been an executive with the federal public service of Canada for the past eight years. Previously, he served in the Canadian Forces for 20 years with his last post being Comptroller, Canadian Forces Base Trenton. Recently, he has taught graduate level courses for the Sprott School of Business (Carleton University) and Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa). Mike has received several awards for his work in predictive modeling.

Defence Equipment and Support

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) manages a complex portfolio to deliver equipment and support to the UK’s Armed Forces – valued at over £132 Billion over the next 10 years. Controlling these projects is essential and challenging.  The DE&S has embarked on a programme of radical transformation with the establishment of an effective project controls capability at its heart – Dr Sheldon will outline the course that has been set and how it will be achieved.

Supporting Slides: Sheldon Keynote

Presented by:
Dsheldon-timr. Tim Sheldon
Project Controls Corporate Function Manager, Defence Equipment and Support
UK Ministry of Defense

Dr. Tim Sheldon took on his role as the Defence Equipment and Support Corporate Functional Manager for Project Controls in March 2016. He has now completed 19 years of service with the UK Ministry of Defence , the last five of which he led the MoD Cost Assurance & Analysis Service. His career has been focused on Acquisition & Support project delivery, a world away from his Doctorate in organic chemistry.

Human Spaceflight Value Study: Was the Shuttle a Good Deal?

This presentation examines the Space Shuttle Program relative to its goals and objectives, other human space flight programs, and measures of economic effectiveness. Was the Shuttle Program a “Good Value” for the American Taxpayer? What lessons learned can be drawn to make future exploration architectures more cost effective?

Presented by:
prince-andyF. Andy Prince
Manager, Engineering Cost Office
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center

Andy Prince is the manager of the Engineering Cost Office at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. His office is responsible for parametric cost estimates and analyses, maintenance of the REDSTAR Library, data collection and analysis, and the development of the Project Cost Estimating Capability (PCEC). Andy is past ISPA Board Chair and ICEAA co-President. Andy has received numerous awards during his career, including the SCEA Cost Estimator/Analyst of the year. He is a lifetime member of ICEAA.

Supporting Slides: Human Spaceflight Value Study