2008 Saltire Scholar Christopher Gordon reflects on winning the APM Scottish Project Management Challenge in 2011 and on judging this year's competition between various groups of university students. The Association for Project Management is an organisation that is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management alongside entrepreneurialism.
Since completing his Saltire placement Chris has successfully gone on to win the APM Scottish Project Management Challenge in 2011 by raising over £4,000 for a local charity. As a result of this win Chris became heavily involved in the Project Challenge 2012 resulting in his appointment on the Scottish Project Challenge Board and to the role of Aberdeen Focal Point.
This year's final for the APM Project Challenge was held on the 29th March at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow. A team of Robert Gordon's University students ultimately went on to win the competition on the day.
During the final Chris delivered a presentation entitled 'Realising the Benefits' which focused on the importance of ensuring the end user of a project experiences the intended benefit at the handover of the project and was based on his experience after winning the Project Management Challenge in 2011. The presentation also accounted for his role in the Saltire Foundation Alumni and how his internship with the Wood Group helped to raise his ambitions to become a future business leader as a result of the steep and challenging learning curve he had the opportunity to embrace.
Chris is going to share his learning experiences with the latest intake of 2012 Scholars at the Leadership Day event being held for them on the 2nd of June before they set of across the globe and begin their placements for the summer.