Tribute to Dr. Martin Barnes, CBE, APM Founder: 1939-2022


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Dr. Martin Barnes, CBE, co-founder and former President of the Association for Project Management (APM) in the United Kingdom, passed away at his home in Oxfordshire, UK on 5 February 2022. Martin was a founding member (no.10) of APM and provided outstanding service to the organization since its inception and to the project management communities, including as APM Chairman from 1986 to 1991, bringing in Sir Monty Finniston as President and as President himself from 2003 to 2012.

His professional career included developing his own consulting firm which merged with what is now PwC. He holds a doctorate, awarded in 1971 for research into improved methods of financial control for engineering projects.  He is also credited with the invention of the classic Time / Cost / Performance triangle which came to public attention on BBC Horizon series on managing the development of Royal Ascot racecourse for HM The Queen, and for other project management techniques over the years.

He was Executive Director of the Major Projects Association and the recipient of the Chartered Institute of Management’s Special Award and of the Institute of Civil Engineers’ Watson Medal in UK, both for his personal contributions to the development of project management.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK’s highest engineering recognition, and is a Churchill Fellow. He is a past President of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) and devised the NEC forms of contract.  He received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the highest-ranking Order of the British Empire award (excluding a knighthood/damehood), in 2009 for services to engineering.

Martin was a long serving member of APM’s Council including 5 years as Chairman (1986 – 91) and President 2003 – 12. He received APM’s Sir Monty Finneston Award for lifetime achievement in 2010.

Long active involvement with and an enthusiastic supporter of IPMA, he was present at many IPMA World Congresses.  He drafted the history of IPMA’s first 40 years with Klaus Pannenbäcker and presented a video with Klaus at the Gala Dinner in New Delhi.

To read a very nice tribute to Dr Martin Barnes posted on neccontract.com in London on 8 February 2022, go to https://www.neccontract.com/About-NEC/News-and-Media/In-Memoriam-Martin-Barnes

The following short announcement appeared in the Oxford Mail on 9 February 2022: Dr Martin Barnes CBE of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire died peacefully in his sleep on 5th February 2022, aged 83. Dearly loved husband of Diana for 59 years, father of Kate and Matthew, and grandfather of Harry, Susannah, Anna, Fred, Elizabeth, Polly and Hugo. Service of Thanksgiving at the Church of St Mary The Virgin, Kirtlington OX5 3HJ at 12 noon on Tuesday 1st March 2022. No flowers please. Enquiries to Jerrams Funeral Directors, Kidlington.

To see A tribute to APM founder, Dr Martin Barnes CBE posted on the APM website on 11 February 2022, visit https://www.apm.org.uk/news/a-tribute-to-apm-founder-dr-martin-barnes-cbe/

Martin’s full obituary published in the Times on 8 March can be read by clicking here.


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How to cite this work: PMWJ (2022). Tribute to Dr. Martin Barnes, CBE, APM Founder: 1939-2022; PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue III, March.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/pmwj115-Mar2022-Tribute-to-Martin-Barnes-1939-2022-2.pdf