Darren Dalcher, Professor of Software Project Management and Director of the National Centre for Project Management (NCPM) based at Middlesex, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Association for Project Management for significantly contributing to the profession.
Honorary Fellowship is the most prestigious honour bestowed only on those who have made outstanding contributions to project management. The formal letter of invitation from the APM Chairman, Mike Nichols, congratulates Professor Dalcher on the richly deserved recognition of his achievements and confirms that he is joining a highly distinguished group of people, and adding his own considerable distinction to the group.
Professor Dalcher was awarded the accolade after building a reputation as a leader and innovator in the area of practice-based education and reflection in project management, and working with many major industrial and commercial organisations and government bodies. He has previously received international recognition by appointment as a member of the Project Management Forum’s International Academic Advisory Council, which includes leading academics in project management from some of the world’s top universities and academic institutions. The Council showcases accomplished researchers, influential educators shaping the next generation of project managers and recognised authorities on modern project management.
He has also in the past been named by the Association for Project Management as one of the top ten "movers and shapers" in project management, and was voted Project Magazine's Academic of the Year for his contribution in "integrating and weaving academic work with practice".
In addition to the Honorary Fellowship, Prof Dalcher has been invited to chair the 2011 Association for Project Management (APM) Project management Conference which will be held on 20 October 2011 in London. The conference is an interactive forum bringing together project professionals and decision makers from across the public and private sectors. Under Professor Dalcher’s chairmanship, it has built a reputation for attracting the country’s most senior and influential speakers with agenda setting content featuring the most innovative and ground-breaking international projects.
Darren said that he was humbled by the honour. “I am doing something I love trying to make a difference and improve the knowledge and expertise in managing projects. Receiving the formal letter was a total surprise. I am proud that our achievements are recognised and thrilled to be joining such an elite group of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the profession and brought great benefits to society.”
The formal presentation of the award will be made by the APM President, Dr Martin Barnes CBE at the association’s annual awards ceremony in London in October 2011.