PMI UK Chapter

Who's Who

Meet the PMI UK Chapter Board of Directors

Chris is an experienced project, programme and PMO professional with a wealth of experience and passion for results.  He has been an active volunteer with the Chapter for almost twenty years.  He is currently in his second term as President; having previously held the role from 2009-2012.
Chris lives in Yorkshire and is married with two lovely kids.  Preferring to stay out of the limelight, Chris leaves the celebrity lifestyle to his kids.  His six-year-old daughter recently danced on stage with Chris Evans and Judge Jules on the decks!

Chris Field
Chapter President

Ciaran served as PMI UK Commercial Director for two and a half years. Professionally he has a Civil Engineering background with CIMA and Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt. Alongside serving as Vice President, he delivers Strategic Programme Management for PwC.

Ciaran Smith
Vice President

Franco is an Engineer whose career in the Oil & Gas Sector has transitioned from design engineering to Project Management. From Project Engineer to Project Manager, Director of Projects, Program and Portfolio Manager and eventually Managing Director of a major international engineering and construction company. He has earned extensive experience in Project Management, Contracts Negotiations, Procurement, Risk Management, Claims Management, Arbitrations and Interface with government bodies and financial institutions.
 Franco has founded the PMI Rome Italy Chapter and has served it for several years as its President. He has also been Director of Membership for the PMI NIC. Since 2010, he has served as the Chair of the PMI UK Chapter South Committee.
As Director of Regions, Franco wishes to transfer his experience to the community of project management professionals and, in the meantime, to ensure all members enjoy the benefits of the Chapter membership equally throughout the UK.

Franco Guarrella
Director of Branches

Joanna is passionate about Technology, Digital Transformation and Strategy as enablers for successful businesses. She operates globally in the technology and telco markets, and her teams have received global awards for outstanding technical achievement.
When Joanna is not making a difference globally, she's an advocate of volunteering and giving back, and has held board positions with PMI UK (and others) for ten years.
As Director of Chapter Operations, Joanna is accountable for ensuring the Chapter operates in line with its charter and legal framework. She executes the governance and oversight functions; runs all board meetings and other chapter business; ensures the Chapter operates smoothly and effectively and for the best use of our members. Her 2019/2020 commitment is to make the Chapter more inclusive and support asynchronous contributions to allow more volunteers with young families to join her in volunteering.

Joanna Newman
Head of Chapter Operations

Henry is an experienced project manager specialising in the delivery of complex global projects within the financial services sector. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, and Agile Project Management Practitioner focussed on leading successful projects. 
 As Commercial Director, Henry leads commercial sponsorship and partnership initiatives. If you are looking to sponsor the PMI UK or are interested in understanding the value that sponsorship could bring to your company, please reach out! 

Henry Gibbins
Commercial Director

Amgad is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the field of project and programme management with a commitment to transferring theory into practice and practices into theory. He is a member of the international editorial board at the Intentional Journal of Project Management.
 When he is not delivering lessons in the lecture theatre, Amgad is a content creator of free online courses in project and programme management. Amgad also has international consultancy experience with the public and private sector in Europe and the Middle East.
As Director of Finance, Amgad is committed to adding value to crucial strategic and financial decisions. His role is to assist in setting PMI UK vision and working on setting the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for managing the chapter strategy.

Amgad Badewi
Director of Finance

Alla has more than eight years of project management, PMO and executive experience and worked closely with PMI for more than seven years; she is a Member of Steering Committee for Synergy years 2016-2019 – the flagship event of PMI UK Chapter and contributing author at Having extensive social media, sales and project management experience.
 In day to day life, Alla is a CEO of Training Environment, company that specialises in tailored databases and sales for global organisations, social media, software development, and training services.
Alla is a keynote speaker for project management and leadership topics at PMI, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom, universities and other government organisations.

Alla Antoniuk
Director of Marketing

Marco is an experienced project manager delivering geotechnical and surface monitoring systems used for large scale construction projects developed in a complex urban environment.
When he is not busy at work, Marco enjoys connecting with like-minded people.
 As Director of Membership, Marco is trying to improve how chapter members experience our activities to increase members retention and engagement.

Marco Bocci
Director of Membership

Himanshu has over fifteen years’ experience building pragmatic solutions, organisational change, and agile transformations. His main area of expertise is in crafting bespoke solutions that increase efficiency and profitability.
 When he is not coaching, mentoring and consulting organisations through their agile transformation, Himanshu can be found making a difference with skill development; through his latest start-up – Thought Agile Learning, which offers the complete suite of agile development courses.

Himanshu Jain
Director of Outreach

Vijaya is an IT Programme Manager with over fifteen years’ experience across multiple sectors. He has an Executive MBA and a background in Civil Engineering.
 When he is not successfully delivering programmes and achieving business transformation, Vijaya can be found leading Toastmasters in UK South.

Vijaya Avula
Director of Professional Development

Vacant Position
Director of Technology

Anca has experience in delivering several million-pounds of IT transformation programmes, in both corporate and medium-sized organisations, and assisting technical entrepreneurs with boosting their competitive advantage through intentional strategy development, design of customer-centric businesses and team coaching.  She has a Master's degree in IT Security, an Executive MBA and three PMI certifications: PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI- RMP. 


In her free time, Anca likes exploring new places, playing sports with friends or reading; having an insatiable thirst for knowledge and professional development.


Her vision as a Director of Volunteering is to empower, nurture and provide more rewarding opportunities to our volunteers.

Anca Popa
Director of Volunteering