July 2022 UK Project Management Round Up


Good News, Possibly Good News, Not So Good News,

APM News and Closing Remarks (with birds)



By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK


I’m still in catch-up mode so there are some older stories in this edition as I work through the news since Easter.


I always like to start with some good news, for two reasons: first, there is plenty of it about but you need to look for it, and second, projects are much more successful than the general public realise.  So if we don’t tell people about our successes, they just won’t be able to pick out the good bits from the mass of negative rubbish in the Press.

Environmental projects feature more regularly these days as the world at last begins to appreciate the problems we are storing up for future generations.  Serious work in the aircraft industry has been reported on these pages since 2020 when we commented on the use of hydrogen as a replacement fuel for aircraft.  ZeroAvia have conducted test flights in UK earlier this year using a hydrogen fuel cell to power a modified twin engine Dornier 228.

Image: ZeroAvia

Only one engine used power from the fuel cell but the tests were successful and ZeroAvia are moving ahead with further tests in mid-July at the Cotswold Airport in Kemble, in UK.  According to the Company, second test-bed plane will take flight in the coming months near ZeroAvia’s headquarters in Hollister, California. The two dual-engine aircraft will use fuel cells which convert hydrogen into electricity to drive propellers and batteries on one side, while a conventional jet engine will be used on the other side.

Image: TLAC

There are other electric aircraft, with one in Slovenia already certified for use and in UK we have the Sherwood eKub (above), developed at Cranfield University by a consortium of the university, the Light Aircraft Company, Flylight Airsports and CDO.

Readers may recall our reports of the Rolls Royce electric aircraft test flights at Boscombe Down where two world records were set.  The non-oil concept is attracting a great deal of interest from major aircraft firms such as Boeing and Airbus.  The advantage that hydrogen brings is the lack of harmful emissions as the only waste product is water.  Electric also seems promising but how to scale up to passenger aircraft is the problem

The next bit of good news is the completion of London’s Super Sewer.  It’s proper title is the Thames Tideway Tunnel.  The original concept was raised over 20 years ago and construction began in 2016.  the Thames Tideway Tunnel runs under the River Thames for 16 miles, from Acton in the west to Abbey Mills in the east.  Tunnelling was completed at the end of April, just six years after construction started.


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How to cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2021).  July 2022 UK Project Management Round Up, PM World Journal, Vol, XI, Issue VII, July.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/pmwj119-Jul2022-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.  Past Chair, Vice President 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 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.  Miles is Chair of the British Standards Institute’s Committee on Project, Programme and Portfolio Management and has been involved in the development of Uk’s BSI 6079 for more than 25 years.  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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