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.
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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!
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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.
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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 and eventually Managing Director of a major international engineering and construction company.
 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.
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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

Rashad is a senior business Leader, strategy specialist and an operational quality, governance & assurance expert. He guides the development and delivery of robust operational strategies for ambitious, growing businesses. Rashad joins the Board to optimise operational outcomes, and supports the Chapter in its transformational strategy - Branches First. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute and sits on the London Steering Committee. He is also passionate about history and regularly volunteers for the Historic Royal Palaces.

Rashad Issa
Director of Chapter Operations & Transformation

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. 
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 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! 
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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.
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 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.
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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 projectmanagement.com.
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 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.
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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.
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Email: alla.antoniuk@pmi.org.uk

Alla Antoniuk
Director of Marketing

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.
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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.
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Joanna Newman
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.
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 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.
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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.
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 When he is not successfully delivering programmes and achieving business transformation, Vijaya can be found leading Toastmasters in UK South.
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Vijaya Avula
Director of Professional Development

Dan is relatively new to project management and has been working for NHS Digital as a project officer and delivery lead for the past three years. He has been volunteering with the PMI UK Chapter for five years and in that time has contributed to chapter activities in various ways. He has developed onboarding processes for volunteers and board members, acted as branch chair for the Yorkshire and Humber region and project managed the refresh of the PMI UK website, for which he was awarded volunteer of the year in 2019. It was through managing the website refresh project that Dan developed an interest in contributing more to the technology side of the chapter.

Dan Auld
Director of Technology

Marco is an experienced project manager delivering geotechnical and surface monitoring systems used for large scale construction projects developed in a complex urban environment.
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When he is not busy at work, Marco enjoys connecting with like-minded people.
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 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 Volunteering