Guild of Project Controls: Compendium | Roles | Assessment | Certifications | Membership


  • David Burton
    Oct 1987

    David is currently working in the UK. He has a professional, pragmatic and structured approach to Planning complex programmes that has evolved over a 30 year period and his expertise has been developed within and applied to many Industrial and Commercial environments including Aerospace, Process Controls, IT, Automotive, Defence, Power Industry as well as others.

    Supported by a strong System Engineering, Programme Management and Change Management background and experiences at all stages of implementation have permitted the development of a multi faceted approach to the challenges of optimising Programme Planning deployment and maintenance. The approach followed has been to apply Structured Programme Planning techniques using such tools as P6, Suretrak and Project, then applying active Risk Management, formal Gate Review processes and the use of planned metrics, including Earned Value, to assess the real time status of Programme implementation.

    David’s particular interest is the promotion of predictive scheduling techniques to facilitate early warning of threats and to ensure dependencies are aligned prior to activity execution.

  • Raphael M. Dua
    Jan 1962

    Raphael M. Dua has been working for the past 55 years in the Project Management field as both a Planning & Cost Scheduling Engineer and a Project Manager/Director. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management. In addition he is a member of the Australian Computer Society (was also member of the British and New Zealand Computer Societies) as a PCP as well as an Associate Member of the British Institute of Management. He was Federal Vice-President of Defence And Industry Course Association and is currently a councillor. He is a member of the PMI COS and PMI EVPM groups.

    Raf spent almost 32 years with the British Computer Company International Computers Ltd (ICL) [Now Fujitsu in Australia and New Zealand], in various parts of the world; where he co-authored the entire Critical Path & PERT software packages ICL produced from 1958 to 1984. These were ICT 1300 Series PERT, ICT 1500 Series PERT, ICT 1900 Series PERT, ME29 PERT, 2004 PERT, VME PERT being the last one in 1983. During the years from 1959 until 1983, Raf contributed to the many original ideas in CPM technology invented BY ICT, such as Pool Resources, Progressive Feed (Ladders) and Hammocks and the Short Path Node. As well as Multi Sub Project Resource Scheduling using Decision Tables. Raf was seconded from BTM (as ICL was in those days) to work with Kelly & Walker (the original authors of the Critical Path technique) in 1956/7 and later with Booz Allen Hamilton (the originators of the PERT technique) on the Fleet Ballistic Weapons Program (Polaris) project for the US Navy in 1958 - 60. (RCA 301 PERT).

    From 1978 he consulted to Micro Planning International Ltd in the UK for the development and production of Micro Planner X-Pert for MAC and Windows.

    In addition to designing and writing project management software: Raf has spent many years consulting as a cost schedule and planning engineer to both government and private companies on projects too numerous to mention. Some major projects were Bougainville Copper Mine for Bechtel Corp and CRA, Nuclear Power stations for the CEGB in UK. The electrification of British Rail Eastern Region; Construction of the Oberon Class Submarines for Scotts’ Dockyard in Scotland which culminated with 22 years of submarine refitting of the Oberon’s at Cockatoo Dockyard in Sydney. In addition many major warship construction and refit projects for the RAN, RN and RNZN were also managed and scheduled. Raf used ICL’s CPM/PERT software from 1960 to 1986 to manage projects in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and throughout many other Asian countries for a wide range of ICL clients both private and government.

    Since 1966 he has lectured extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand at various universities as both Senior Lecturer and lately at University of Melbourne as Visiting Fellow in Building, Architecture and Planning for the Masters degree in Construction Management.

    He has contributed to several books as well as being a co-chairman of the Australian Standards committee on Earned Value performance Measurement, culminating in the AS4817:2006 standard being published and is currently a committee member of the ISO/CD 21500 Standard for Project Management.

    From late 2002 for four years Raf was the Senior Planner and Scheduler for the NZ government Department of Corrections RPDP project which had a budget of $NZ1.1 billion. This project was unusual in that it was located on four disparate and rural sites across both the North and South Islands. The project was both a Collaborative Work Agreement (a better form of alliance) using Earned Value Methodology. It was a first for New Zealand as a Complex Project Management project and required an ability to work the RPDP Schedule & Plan with over 70 major collaborative partners as well as on 50 sub collaborative partners, some who were involved in more than one of the sites. Each of the sites involved water treatment plants and water reticulation pipe work to current best practice in water conservation. Both Micro Planner and P3 software was used on this project. All the four projects opened up on time and somewhat less than budget as the Gainshare option was invoked.

    From Nov 2006 until Jul 2007 Raf was the Senior Planner and Scheduler for the Eastern Alliance of the Queensland Government’s Western Corridor Recycled Water project using P3 and Suretrack in Brisbane. This project consisted of three stages and Raf was responsible for the establishment of the master plan for all three stages as well as the detailed planning for Stage 1a. The project consisted of over 90Kms of pipeline with water treatment plants as well as pump station. It consisted of trenching and micro tunnelling and HDD boring. The value of stage 1A was expected to be approximately $150 million. In addition to the planning, site project procedures were set up for other planners to follow later in the project.

    From July 2007 Raf was been contracted by Boeing Australia Limited to provide Planning and Scheduling consulting and training for the F-111 Strike Maintenance project. In addition he will be developing a Planners and Schedulers manual specifically for Boeing Australia Limited. This work was completed by late June 2008 and Micro Planner X-Pert for Windows was used for developing schedules and the EVPM.

    Since 2008 until now he is consulting as Lead/ Senior Planner and Scheduler for the new Orange Hospital and Associates Health Services project with a value of $AUD235 million and a thirty month building duration in New South Wales.

    Since January 2010, Raf has become the sole owner of Micro Planning International LLC after retirement of some of the other original owners.

  • Paul Letchford
    Aug 1972

    Role: Onshore Projects Performance Director BP

    Paul has a total of thirty years post apprenticeship experience in project management, planning, estimating and cost engineering functions within the oil and gas industries in both home office and field locations. The last fifteen years have been in supervisory / managerial positions.

    Paul is extensively experienced in all phases of project management and controls work from pre-planning to project close out on both LSTK and reimbursable projects. This experience has been gained within the UK, USA, and Middle East and has involved working closely with client and contractors representatives of many nationalities. This has included the following:

    • Management of multi-disciplinary teams Development of execution plans, strategies and schedules.
    • Performance of Schedule Risk Analysis and development of Risk mitigation plans
    • Development of prime and subcontract packages.
    • Claims/change order analysis and negotiation.
    • Preparation of estimates & cost reports for construction works and PMT services.
    • Client and Joint Venture Partner Management
    • Client and Senior Management presentations
    • Development of business specific Planning & Cost procedures
    • Enterprise wide Corporate reporting
    • Facilities Management

  • Vladimir Liberzon
    Jan 1971

    PMP, Vice-President of Moscow, Russia PMI Chapter.

    Vladimir Liberzon developed his first professional CPM software for mainframe computers in 1978. This software included sophisticated resource leveling and was used in the Soviet Union for project and resource management.

    When the Iron Curtain fall he created the company that developed Spider Project – advanced project management software that is now most popular professional PM tool in Russia and is used in 28 countries.

    Vladimir believes that effective use of PM tools can be achieved only with implementing mature project management culture in the companies that manage projects. Spider Project Team not only developes project management software but is also involved in consulting and training of its cistomers. Spider Project Team is Global Registered Education Provider PMI and has branches in many Russian cities and in Belarus, Brazil, Romania, and Ukraine. The customers of Spider Project Team represent almost all industries including Aerospace & Defense, Banking, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Manufacturing, Metallurgy, Mining, Oil & Gas, Retail, Shipbuilding, Software development, Telecommunications, etc.

    Vladimir was and is involved in management of many large scale programs. The programs that are managed with Spider Project and Vladimir’s help today include preparation of Winter Olympic Games 2014, development of Russian Pacific Area, preparation of World Student Games 2013, etc.

    In 1997 Vladimir founded Moscow PMI Chapter – the first PMI Chapter in Russia and now serves as its Vice President. He teached project management in the leading Russian business schools, published 4 books and more than 150 papers on project management. He participated in the development of PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling.

  • Paul McCarthy
    Sep 1980

    Since 1990 Paul has worked in a wide range of consultancy assignments in the role of Programme Controls Manager. Key rail assignments with Transport for London (TfL) / London Underground include the Victoria Line Upgrade project, Cooling the Tube programme and the Prestige project to design and supply the ‘Oyster’ contactless smartcard system for London covering tube, trains, buses and trams along with significant roles at THALES.

    Paul’s formative years were spent in the Oil and Gas industry, followed by assignments with clients including: British Nuclear Fuels, ICL, Symonds Travers Morgan, WS Atkins and Kodak. Paul has considerable avionics systems / defence experience gained on the New En-Route Control Centre (NERC) project with IBM and the F-16 TARS and Astor programmes with General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

    Paul is a full Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM).

  • Geoff Roberts
    Dec 1990

    Geoff Roberts is a Chartered Surveyor with more than 28 years of experience in all aspects of project management, cost control, system implementation and integration. He has worked on the delivery of major projects for a number of clients and contracting organizations in diverse industries, including construction and engineering, oil and gas, telecoms, environmental controls and utilities.

    Geoff has been with Oracle Primavera for 10 years during which time he has undertaken a number of roles, including Implementation consultant, Engagement manager and is currently there Senior Applications Sales Consultant. During this time Geoff has, assisting major organizations in mapping there business processes to the solution, ,ensuring the smooth ,on schedule on cost deployment of the software and client management to multiple global companies .Geoff has a keen interest in the use of earned value as a technique that supports organization deliver to cost and schedule.

    Prior to Primavera, Geoff was Project Controls Manager, for Montgomery Watson and Bechtel working to support the delivery of major utility programs including the development, implementation and management of the Integrated Program management systems.

  • Simon Springate
    Jan 1977

    Role: Program Controls Manager - Australia

    Simon has over 35 years’ experience in Project Controls after specialising in Project Planning. Recent assignments include;

    • Since November 2019 relocated to Melbourne, Australia working on Jacobs major contracts
    • 2 years as Director of Program Controls at Jacobs assigned to Metrolinx in Toronto, Canada
    • Led Project Controls for CH2M in Europe
    • VP Project Services at AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), a major Gold mining company based in Johannesburg working through Turner & Townsend. 
    • Planning Director for Qatar rail projects, 
    • London Underground (LU) on Project Controls particularly, Project Planning, Earned Value and Document Management systems for over £1B of annual capital investment.

    He has driven many change programmes. At Obuasi he built a change and reporting approach that changed the project paradigm. At London Underground he led the design and implementation of an Earned Value management system. In the past he built bespoke Project and Document Control systems and along the way had spells as the IT Business Systems Client.

    Simon started on Naval Sonar with GEC before moving to LU in 1997. At LU he became a Professional in Value Management facilitating many workshops improving project delivery and significantly reducing costs. After 20 years in rail Simon has extensive experience of track, rolling stock, signalling, civil works and business change projects plus experience of a variety of contracts PPP's, PFI, NEC etc. Recently in South Africa and Ghana he has developed hands on ore processing and underground mining experience with AGA.

    Throughout his career Simon has supported the development of the project profession through active membership of the APM and their Special Interest Groups. In Ghana he initiated a Friday Morning school for all project staff to ensure expats shared their knowledge with the local staff and each other. Outside of the APM he is involved with Project Benchmarking, been a member of the Henley Knowledge Management forum, ran a Value Management client club!

  • Paul Taylor
    Jan 1993

    Paul is an experienced Programme Leadership professional who specialises in large capital delivery programmes and has a passion for promoting Programme Management and Control, the necessary techniques and tools, but mainly developing the approach further by improving the quality of the people and processes. 

    During his career of over 30 years he has worked in various industry sectors including Construction, Nuclear, Telecommunications and Water and has a reputation from being at the cutting edge of innovation in the programme management and controls sector.

    Currently he lectures on an annual basis at Birmingham University on Earned Value Management. He also has presented at many leading industry conventions through-out UK and Europe on various Programme, Project Management and Project Control subjects. 

    He is a Chartered Manager and an Incorporated Engineer with sSpecialties in :Programme Management Processes , Delivery Business Integration, Planning and Scheduling, Risk Management, Change Control, Cost Control, Resource Management.

  • Andrew Willard
    Feb 1993
    Role: International Business Director

    Andrew is responsible for International Business Development at Asta Development. As well as managing Asta’s successful channels in Europe Andrew is responsible for developing business in new markets in Australia, the Middle East and Asia.

    Andrew has worked for Asta for 16 years, previously as Professional Services Director, responsible for the successful delivery of high profile project management implementations in a wide range of sectors including professional services, construction, IT and pharmaceuticals. He is a PRINCE2 qualified consultant.

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