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PROJECT MANAGEMENT TRAINING
As the IT Program Manager at Brisbane
Airport Corporation (BAC), Kelly Wilkes
is someone accustomed to big projects.
Kelly is part of the BAC Assets Project
Delivery Team, which crosses over the
functional disciplines of civil, building,
services and information technology
working on a portfolio worth over $200
million a year. Kelly was one of the
BAC staff put through their paces in
November last year when the biggest
show came to town, the G20
On what was the biggest weekend in
the airport’s history, BAC successfully
managed the movements and logistics
of 26 world leaders and their entourage.
On that weekend, Brisbane Airport was
able to achieve a 100 per cent safety
and security result. This is testament to
the project management skills of the core
staff entrusted with the planning of G20.
Airports are complex, busy places.
In 2014, some 22 million passengers
travelled through Brisbane Airport.
Going forward, BAC has set itself a very
ambitious growth and infrastructure
investment plan and as part of this
plan QUT was commissioned to deliver
a customised Stakeholder
For Kelly Wilkes, the Stakeholder
Management course was a key pillar of
BAC’s capability improvement program.
“The airport environment involves
working in complex, technical, social
and environmental conditions, project
managers require much more than
project process, they must be able to
get the best out of their project teams,
contractors and community to ensure
successful project delivery.
“In this kind of environment it is not
‘if something happens, but when’”.
Stakeholder management is one of the
key skills required.
“As a trusted partner of
BAC, it was natural for us
to approach QUT to design
a course leveraging their
experience and expertise
in Project Management,
combined with the
understanding of our
business and its context,”
Led by the expertise at QUT, a diverse
group of disciplines and experiences
was pulled together to guide BAC staff
through a tailored program combining
academic learning with practical
experience and leadership.
“The lasting benefits have improved not
only capability but team dynamic, trust
and relationships, with many still calling
on lessons learned through the program
every day,” said Kelly.
BAC, like many organisations, has
realised now more than ever the need
for project management skills is more
critical with projects growing in size,
complexity and risk. Globally about
25 per cent of the world’s economy
is delivered through projects and in
Australia that figure approaches
30 per cent.
Professor Stephen Kajewski, Head
of QUT’s School of Civil Engineering
and Built Environment has been at the
forefront of project management training
in Australia and internationally.
QUT was one of first
universities to deliver
master programs in Project
Management and has been
and corporate education
for over 25 years.
“We’re known as a ‘university for the real
world’ because of our close links with
industry and our relevant teaching. My
goal from the outset was to have a pool
of highly experienced, highly qualified
facilitators drawn from industry, project
managers and academic experts.
Professor Kajewski stresses that
project management is no longer the
sole domain of engineering, it is found
in many industries from engineering,
construction, infrastructure, resources,
through to IT, banking and finance, and
other government sector services.
“Project managers must now deal with a
myriad stakeholders across a number of
areas - government, social, community
and the environment. Having expertise
in project management can give an
organisation a competitive advantage –
this can be attractive to clients looking
for one-stop shop service providers.”
Investing in Project Management training
could be one of the best investments
your organisation makes this year.
For more information on project
management at QUT, please contact
the Science and Engineering Faculty
Business Development Team at sef.
firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 7 3138 1191.
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