Hosts in 2021



Guild of Educators
Steve Wake

Steve is at the forefront of the development of national and international standards in project controls and management.

He is a member of the management standards committee of the BSi. Internationally acknowledged expert on earned value project management and most recently on the newly published ISO standards for EVM and WBS. Steve works with government, national and international bodies and academia as a subject matter expert as well as on matters of governance. Also was one of the authors of Agile Portfolios with ABC.

With his Guild of Educators hat on he is working with OECD and the City of London to introduce Fusion Skills internationally to people aged 7-70+.

Steve is currently working on a think-tank for major sporting events. In the afternoons he is championing circular economies and sustainability to combat climate change. He has also worked in the automotive, print aerospace, defence, insurance and IT industries as a project manager and consultant. Steve led the Association for Project Management to their award of Royal Charter and is Chief Examiner for EVM and Planning with APMG.

He curates and chairs his own highly-regarded EVA conferences, now in its 25th year. Also curates the PMI’s major Synergy event now in its 10th year. He is a visiting lecturer at Warwick WMG, Cranfield and UCL as well as the Moscow School of Economics.

Steve has an MA in Manpower specialising in the sociology and psychology of organisations and is a member of the London Mozart Players Development Group. His long passion for all kinds of music is almost matched by his continued appreciation of silence.

Global Project Management & Control Director
BAE Systems
Sue Simmonite

Sue Simmonite is the Global Project Management & Control Director for BAE Systems, a FTSE 100 Global Aerospace & Defence Company delivering some of the most complex military platforms, products and services.

Sue has been with BAE Systems for over 25 years with experience across a range of complex projects in different sectors and business units leading on Project Control, Project Management, Contract Closure and Business Integration, having joined initially as a Business Modern Apprentice.

Operating within the Chief Technology Office based in the UK, Sue works across many different cultures and geographies to provide the enabling Project Management & Control capabilities to achieve operational excellence in projects, programmes and portfolios.

Sue is actively engaged in operational support to the global Portfolios, Programmes and Projects through Chairing key independent reviews such as Integrated Baseline Reviews. Sue also is the corporate sponsor for all senior PM leadership programmes working closely with thought leaders in this area in academia.

Sue is the company representative for the Association for Project Management (APM), the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the UK Major Projects Association (MPA) and has recently achieved recognition as an APM Fellow as well as having been recognised internally as one of the inaugural BAE Systems PM Fellows.

Operations Director – Project Controls
Lee McDonagh

Lee is a Project Controls Director with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry working for contractors and in project management consultancy on large infrastructure and property projects.

Lee leads the PMO Practice across the Mace Property sectors, including Commercial Property, Government and Housing, Healthcare and Education and Pharma and Life Sciences. His team provides integrated PMO and project controls across various programmes and projects within the sectors, embedded into the delivery teams.

Lee has led a number of multi-disciplinary PMO and Project Controls teams providing integrated governance and programme controls for a number of key refurbishment and upgrade programmes across the Parliamentary estate and other Public Sector clients such as MoJ, TfL and LLDC. He is passionate about using project controls and PMO to drive project delivery, focussing on the practical application of controls techniques to support delivery to time and cost on all projects.

Lee’s experience in the construction industry has been in site engineering and planning infrastructure projects as diverse as widening the M25 motorway, constructing a station on the Jubilee Line Extension, extending an airport terminal and delivering the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is supporting diversity and inclusion in the construction industry as an active member of the Mace Ethnic Diversity and Inclusion Network (EDIN) Steering Group where he is an ally to the network in prompting diversity.