February 2023 UK Project Management Round Up


Good News, Artificial Intelligence and

Projects in the World of Conservation



By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK


Had to look pretty hard to find good news but it IS there if you look hard enough and look in some unexpected places.

First up is HS2.  The good news is that Euston remains in the HS 2 Plan.  You might not think this is good news but what it means is that key Governmental people such as the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, see that HS 2 will continue into one of central London’s major rail termini rather than terminate somewhere ut in the sticks, as has been rumoured in recent weeks, with possible options of and end point at Old Oak Common.  There is a slight problem in that Our Illustrious Leader (now known as Current Our Illustrious Leader or COIL) has reminded the electorate that when he was Chancellor, he announced the integrated rail plan.  This would improve journey times, reliability and frequency “across the North, across the Midlands and everywhere in between.”  The small problem is that he made no mention of London.  Now this might mean COIL has a problem knowing where London lies in England or that it only figures as an afterthought.  Some will take comfort from the words of the current Chancellor who stated last week that he did not see “any conceivable circumstance” in which the line would permanently end at Old Oak Common in west London, rather than the central station of Euston.

Next we have the War in Ukraine.  I never thought there would be any possible good coming out of this appalling assault on an independent country but the war is speeding up transitions to renewables as major companies like BP move out of oil and into renewable power and energy efficiency.  There are reports, too, that Germany is no longer dependent on Russian gas.

Major UK investment in offshore wind power. [NHD-INFO/Flickr]

Then we have the news that UK is now a net energy exporter with electricity exported to Europe soaring as our use of wind and solar power increases.  The Times reported that in 2022, UK Renewable power sources generated in excess of 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity needs for the first time as both wind and solar output increased, according to the analysis by Imperial College London for Drax Electric Insights.  This allowed more electricity to be exported to Europe than ever before.  Wind and solar generation hit all-time highs, according to the first analysis of the year’s power mix.


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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2023). UK Project Management Roundup, report, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/pmwj126-Feb-2023-Shepherd-UK-Regional-Report.pdf

About the Author

Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK


 Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.  His consulting work has taken him to Japan, Taiwan, USA and Russia.  Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He was, for seven years, a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He is currently Chairman of the British Standards Institute project management committee.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at miles.shepherd@msp-ltd.co.uk.

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