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Kathryn Williamson Hall Programme Manager named Young Project Professional of the Year

The winners of the annual Association for Project Management (APM) Awards 2023 have been announced at a prestigious awards ceremony taking place in London on Monday 20 November. The awards, sponsored by RPC UK Ltd, celebrate excellence within the project profession – from project organisations, projects, programmes and individuals working across a broad range of industry sectors in the UK and internationally.

Kathryn Williamson Hall a Programme Manager for Radar Production at Leonardo UK was named Young Project Professional of the Year at this year’s event. The award recognises talent in all sectors in those aged 29 years or under who are progressing through the early stages of their project management career.

Kathryn is Programme Manager for Radar Production at Leonardo UK, where she is responsible for delivering E-SCAN radars for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The Typhoon Production programme consists of a several projects to deliver E-SCAN radars to several countries including Kuwait, Qatar, Germany and Spain. The project is a combination of Leonardo UK and Euroradar partners, which Leonardo UK is consortium lead.

The key project deliverable in 2022 was the production and delivery of radars for the Qatar project. Typhoon aircrafts were fitted with E-SCAN radars and formed part of a joint UK-Qatar Typhoon Squadron utilised in the World Cup 2022 for air policing and security measures.

Kathryn played a key role in this project and responsible for owning the stakeholder management plan for the project, including the majority of its delivery. A key project management technique deployed by Kathryn throughout the project delivery was her proactive approach to risk. Risks to schedule and delivery were monitored and sentenced on a detailed level. She also introduced Integrated Production Planning - engaging the internal Leonardo UK and Euroradar team to develop a single consolidated plan.

Kathryn’s approach has been firmly embedded across her production programme and within the external customer and Eurofighter community for E-SCAN radar production planning. It continues to be used and jointly improved upon through use. The Qatar Production deliveries Kathryn led had direct and important impact on the Qatar defence operations, delivering world leading radar technology and capability. The political and reputational importance of Kathryn’s project was also significant for UK and European industry, as well as between the UK and Qatar nations.

Overall, the project delivered against this critical 2022 milestone on time, to budget and at the required technical specification for the customer.

On receiving her award, Kathryn Williamson Hall said “This is fantastic, I am very happy to have won. It was a great opportunity to work on this project and to be recognised for my work and my team’s work as part of the EuroFighter Typhoon Radar Production Programme, and the project we delivered for Qatar. It is great to be here this evening and to see all the great work going on in the project management community.”

The APM Award judges praised Kathryn for delivering such a large and complex project, with one judge commenting, “This was a very strong entry for Young Project Professional of the Year and credit to Kathryn to successfully delivering such a political and commercially sensitive project, nationally and internationally.

“Kathryn is clearly very dedicated and was able to change her management style and adapt to the various other members of the project team and client bodies. This is a very interesting project with many internal and external factors to mitigate in order to achieve success.”

Professor Adam Boddison OBE, Chief Executive of APM, said: “I would like to congratulate Kathryn and all the finalists in this award category.

“Our awards are all about celebrating the outstanding successes of the project profession, and I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and finalists for their incredible achievements over the past year.”

Runners up for the Young Project Professional of the Year included Holly Chapman (Lexica), Charlotte Brew (Sellafield Ltd), Sophie Davies (Network Rail) and Sebastian Goldsmith (Arcadis).

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