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Simon Davis

Project Manager

 

 Background

I began my career in Higher Education as a Learning Technologist at the University of Leeds in 2007. I joined York’s E-learning Development Team in 2009, leading on developing departmental elearning strategies and staff development.

Building on experiences with learning systems rollouts, I joined Enterprise Systems as a Project Manager in 2015


 Experience
  • Project Management (PRINCE2, AgilePM)

  • Staff development and end user engagement

  • Working across multi-functional teams to deliver projects

 Interests and aspirations

While a PM needs to be on top of all the moving parts of a project (scope, time, resource, quality etc), a lot of the job is knowing when to push and when to leave the operational teams to get on with the work they need to do.

In an ideal world projects would all go according to plan and plans would never change. The reality of many projects often requires a PM to have the flexibility to adapt while keeping a focus on the overall goals and benefits of the project.

 

Tim Andrew

Project Manager

 

 Background

I joined the team in January 2018, moving across from Space Management in DECS where I was previously the Business Systems Manager. Prior to joining the University in November 2014 I worked predominantly in financial services with Halifax Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, firstly as a developer before moving into project management.

 Experience
  • A broad technical background covering programming and database manipulation.
  • Project management of software development and infrastructure implementation projects.
  • Working closely with business and technical teams to get projects across the line.
 Interests and aspirations

Having worked in the in large financial organisations for most of my career, with challenge of highly dispersed development and analysis teams across the UK and offshore, I am really keen to continue to develop what I see as a real advantage of running change projects at the University. Namely, the fact that you are only 5-10 minutes from the vast majority of the your colleagues and the advantage that brings for good stakeholder engagement and constant communication.

Adam Watson

Project Manager

 

 Background

I started work at the University in January 2018 as an IT Project Manager.

For the previous 18 months I was a Business and IT Project Manager at the University of Leeds, leading two key strategic projects delivering a new Student Portal (based on Blackboard) and a Single Sign On capability (based on ADFS & Azure, OpenAthens & SHIBBOLETH) as part of the Student Experience Progamme.

Before this I was at Leeds Beckett for 14 years, where I started out as an IT Help Assistant and when I left I was Learning Systems Team Manager, leading a team of five staff, providing support, training and project managment for the institutional Portal and VLE service; undertpinned by Blackboard, TurnItIn, Google Apps and PebblePad.

I have also have experience of working in the Department of Health / NHS as a contract Project Manager, where I successfully delivered a new CMS and family of websites for the National Screening Service.

 Experience

I am certified in PRINCE2 Practitioner (2006,2011,2016), ITIL Foundation (2010), Train the Trainer (2007), TOGAF 9 Certified (2016), Institute of Leadership and Managment Level 2 (2015). I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

My key experience is:

  • Project Managment, Business Analysis and Enterprise Architecture for teaching and learning enabling projects, including the delivery of VLEs and Portals underpinned by cloud based infrastructure.
  • Running a support service and designing and delivering a programme of training.
 Interests and aspirations

I am looking to gain more experience leading projects based around agile development and help embed architectural best practice into the project tool kit.

Kathryn Woodroof

Portfolio Manager

 

 Background

I've been working at the University since 2011. I held a variety of roles within the Space Management team and was Business Systems Manager there from 2014 until 2016, when I joined the Enterprise Projects Team.

 Experience

 My experience is in the following areas:

  • Tools and techniques for discovery analysis

  • Generating customer insight

  • Bridging the gap between technical and non-technical colleagues
 Interests and aspirations


Emma Lyons
Business Analyst

 

 Background

I joined the team in January 2018. I worked at the University of Leeds for 9 years as a Developer and Nestle for 3 years as a Developer and Project Manager.

 Experience

My experience is in:

  • Using my technical knowledge to kickstart idea analysis
  • Working across multi-disciplinary teams from all levels and building good relationships
 Interests and aspirations

I am passionate about making sure systems are enabling users to work smarter rather than be a hindrance to the job in hand. If this requires significant change then I enjoy helping users work through it and gain satisfaction from the a positive end result.

Darren Geary

Project Manager

 

 Background

I started at the University in January 2018 as and IT Project Manager.

Before this I worked at Sheffield Hallam University as a project Manager for 6 years and for 3 years as a Manager in Registry services managing Exams, Awards and Graduation.

Before working in the HE sector I was Technical and Service Delivery Manager working for various Insurance Outsourcing companies.

 Experience

I am a Prince 2 and Managing Successful Projects (MSP) Certified Practitioner.

I am also and ITIL and DSDM Agile projects Practitioner.

My experience is in Project Management, System Implementation, Service management, design, monitoring and improvement.

 Interests and aspirations

I am interested in Project benefit management and embedding continual improvement within the business so that projects continue to deliver benefits and tool to continually improve post project closure.

Katie Burn

Project Officer

 

 Background

I’ve worked at the University since I graduated in 2003. I have held various roles within the Library and Information Services since then, with a focus on customer service and content delivery. I was lucky enough to be appointed the Executive Officer for the refurbishment of the University Library which propelled me into the world of project management. I have been in my current role since 2012, and moved across to IT services in 2016 to focus on wider university projects and business analysis.   

 Experience
  • Tools and techniques for discovery analysis

  • Research and gathering insight

  • Option evaluation and analysis

  • Facilitation

  • Staff engagement

  • Project Management (PRINCE2 Practitoner)

  • Helping to bring about positive change
 Interests and aspirations

I get really energised by meeting different people across the university; working together to understand their processes, developing options and solutions.

I'm lucky enough to also see some of this work through to the project stage. Seeing positive change happen as a result of what usually starts out as a lot of post it notes and brown paper is pretty satisfying!

Nicola Hodgson

Project Administrator

 

 Background

I joined the team in December 2017 after a family based career break. Before this I worked for DWP in Operational Processing, Project, Finance, and most recently as a Senior Strategic Planner.

 Experience
  • Working with multiple stakeholders
  • Project Management (inc Prince 2)
  • Programme Management
  • Online learning (Policy, Management and Government - MA)
  • Business Planning
  • Finance and Performance Management
  • Publications

 Interests and aspirations

I enjoy working with lots of different people across an organisation and understanding how the different roles fits together. I’m interested in project management as a tool, balanced with people and building positive stakeholder relationships to achieve results.


Joel Smith

Business Analyst

 

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