· Managing change effectively - with a clear mandate from the Executive Team and
· Programme Management Approach – for such a challenging work programme it is essential
to have a common structure and methodology for a number of teams to work within
· Communication is key – Supporting the pace of change demanded by the Programme
Objectives required effective communication and stakeholder management at all times
Taking on the Programme Manager role, with support in the PMO function from other
Seisin staff, we lead a team of multi-disciplined professionals across a range of
specialist areas including property & facilities, ICT applications & infrastructure,
HR, finance, procurement, communications, to deliver a significant change programme
for the newly created unitary Central Bedfordshire Council.
This included generating significant revenue savings through rationalising office
accommodation across Bedfordshire, co-locating teams that were previously spread
across the county, and overseeing investment in ICT to improve ease of use and reduce
maintenance & support needs. Additionally the new council has now taken pro-active
steps to move frontline services closer to the communities they serve.
The programme was designed and implemented within a formal governance structure using
recognised, best practice methodology for managing complex programmes of activity.
This includes the establishment of key roles and reporting lines through a Programme
Board with applications of the principles of MSP and PRINCE2. The successful delivery
of the programme in Summer 2010 will provide new and improved infrastructure for
the council to continue its journey of building its own identity, culture and ways
of working following the re-organisation of local government in Bedfordshire in 2009.