A Frazer-Nash team successfully reached the final for the Association of Project Management (APM) South Wales and West of England (SWWE) Project Management Challenge.
The project team, of Scott Richardson, Carys Cottam, Vishnu Manilal, Amy Bott, Simon Guyott and Hannah Lucas, reached the final four in the 2019/20 APM SWWE Project Management Challenge, in which teams were asked ‘to deliver outputs and benefits to a deserving charitable organisation or a deserving community-based project’.
The Frazer-Nash team chose to support Bristol-based charity Penny Brohn UK. Scott describes the project they delivered:
“Penny Brohn UK is a charity that provides support and respite to cancer patients, before and after they have undergone treatment. It was looking for help as it undertook a restructure of some of its activities, and needed a cost model that would provide financial analysis of the options available for upgrading its database. The cost model had to provide justification for the chosen upgrade option, to help support the charity’s business case. We were confident that with our expertise, we could deliver this and have a positive impact on the charity.
“Following on from a solutions workshop with Penny Brohn UK’s CEO, in which we discussed the high-level requirements of the project, we identified a solution that will enable the charity to manage and monitor its costs as it restructures. We’ve kept in regular contact with the charity, attending meetings to scope the finer details of the system’s capabilities.”
The Penny Brohn Project Lead had this to say about the Frazer-Nash team:
“The model and report recommendations are going to be very useful to the charity, especially in these trying times ahead. It certainly helped having a team who ‘gets us’ involved in the Project.”
The Frazer-Nash team managed to complete its project deliverables remotely, even after the UK-wide lockdown and, with the other finalists presented to the APM’s judges on 13 May.
Project Manager Scott Richardson said:
“Taking part in the APM Challenge has been a hugely rewarding experience. The team has worked really hard and it’s rewarding to know that our input is going to have such a positive effect on the charity, along with the many people it helps.
“We’d like to thank Nick Jones, who entered our team into the APM competition, as well as Iain Morton, who has been mentoring the team throughout the challenge.”