I help professionals in project management and procurement to significantly and sustainably improve their results, through my university teaching work, and coaching private clients.
Hi, I’m Ian,
In my 'day-job' I am an academic at the University of Birmingham, where I am lead tutor on the Masters in Industrial Project Management - a distance-learning postgraduate programme for working project managers.
In my private consulting work I help project teams to deliver capital and construction projects faster, better, cheaper, and more reliably. I am particularly interested in helping teams to learn and exploit the under-used methods of project alliance (IPD) contracting, and critical chain (CCPM) scheduling and execution.
I still provide some training and coaching in my other areas of expertise – procurement & supply chain - mainly through my online training and coaching programmes, and in-person training for long-term clients.
This website has no relationship to my employer, the University of Birmingham. All views and opinions expressed here are my own, and the University is not responsible in any way whatever for what I say, or for any private work I may undertake with personal clients who contact me through this website. Academics are allowed - even encouraged - to carry out limited amounts of private work alongside their core university teaching and research.
If you wish to contact me in my university capacity, please email me via my university email address.
I live in the north-west UK, midway between Manchester and Liverpool airports. I also spend quite a bit of time in Switzerland, where, when I am not working, you can find me walking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
I am passionate about improvement. As a consultant I will always be honest and give you my opinion, whether it is what you want to hear or not! That is what my clients expect of me, and that's how I deliver most value. If you want a consultant to reconfirm your opinion, even if they disagree, then I'm not your person.
I travel to wherever in the world my clients want me to be, though, thanks to technology, a lot of my support is given remotely.
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