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"APMP is the qualification for anyone who has worked within project management for up to two years, such as project office personnel, team members, or recently appointed project officers, or for anyone who has recently taken on project management responsibilities as part of their job." (Association for Project Management)

Course Team

Elaine Axby

Elaine Axby
Elaine is a Teaching Fellow at UCL and an independent consultant and project manager. She teaches project management at UCL and has a background in marketing and business development. Most recently, she has been working in the UK health sector. She has managed projects for clients world-wide and has additional experience in developing new project management processes and staff training. 


Jane Britton
Jane is responsible for project management courses in UCL’s Department of Management Science and Innovation.   She has considerable experience as a project manager in BT, both in new product development and in change management, and has also worked as a consultant. She serves on several APM committees, and is a Fellow of the APM. 


Jane Burns

Jane's background is in the IT industry, where she worked for many years in Marketing and on very large scale communications and organisational change programmes. Jane specialises in dealing with the human factors and issues associated with change. Currently she teaches Marketing and Marketing Communications at UCL and Crisis Management at Kingston University, she also leads the UCL Study Centre for the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Jane recently completed an MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education. Her research interests concern the gamification of teaching and learning and has collaborated with and acted as academic advisor on the development of McGraw-Hills’ award winning online simulation, Practice Marketing.

Michael Emes

Michael Emes

Michael is Co-director of UCL Centre for Systems Engineering. A former strategy consultant with a PhD in spacecraft technology, he is an active member of INCOSE and on the IET’s Systems Engineering executive committee. His research and teaching interests include cost-benefit analysis, decision-making, risk management and system modelling and design in domains including transport, defence and aerospace.

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson

Simon Jackson is a Programme Manager and Trainer for the UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics which he joined in 2011. He spent 20 years working in the defence industry at Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace, performing a variety of project management roles at all phases of the project lifecycle on a wide range of engineering and business change projects. He then retrained as a teacher and has been lecturing in Project Management and Systems Engineering for over ten years on a range of undergraduate, post graduate, industrial and professional courses, including the APMP.


Kevin Keirnan

Kevin has had considerable experience in the Telecommunications industry, leading projects in the Marketing and Customer Service area. He specialised in launching new telephones, Yellow Pages computerisation and call price changes. He has also been involved on corporate culture change and business process re-engineering programmes. As well as his role at UCL, Kevin is a Visiting Lecturer at Arcadia University and London Metropolitan.


Raúl Leal Ascencio

Raúl is currently the Commercial Manager for the Centre for Systems Engineering at UCL. Previously he managed the research programme of a university department for six years and has been a consultant in technology management and development for over ten years. He is involved in Systems Engineering teaching at postgraduate level and provides training for industry in the Defence, Avionics and Space industries.

Sarah Earl

Sarah-Louise Earl

Sarah is a Teaching Fellow in the Management of Projects, at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL.  She is now involved in the design and delivery of a new diploma course aimed at Project Directors and other post-experience professionals working on complex government-led (especially Private Finance Initiative/Public-Private Partnership) projects. She also teaches on the established Masters courses in Project and Enterprise Management and Construction Economics and Management


Morag Meyer

Morag is responsible for the administration of our APMP courses. She has performed this role within UCL for the past 8 years.


Richard Pettinger

Richard is Principal Teaching Fellow in the Department of Management Science and Innovation. He has taught at UCL since 1989 and is currently Director of the BSc
Information Management for Business undergraduate programme. As well as his teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level Richard writes extensively
and is the author of over thirty business and management books and textbooks.

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Alan has extensive experience in the design and conduct of space research projects. His work involves collaboration with scientists and engineers in the USA, Europe, Russia and China. Alan spent 8 years at the European Space Agency before joining UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory of which he is now Director. Alan is also Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering. Alan lectures on instrumentation and systems engineering as well as leading courses on Project Management. Alan was elected Fellow of the Association of Project Management in 2009.


Mathew Whyndham

Matthew is a practising project manager and research scientist in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL). Most of his work, both as a scientist and a manager, has been in the instrumentation field (radiation detectors and data handling systems). He has additional experience in software-oriented and research projects.