December 2018 Print


Chapter Business

November was a very busy month for our Chapter and it capped off a year of wonderful speakers and learning opportunities within our Chapter, culminating in last month’s inspiring Chapter Meeting, PMs are not Psychologists, and our first West Australian Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS).
However, in many conversations with our members, I’ve become aware that there are some key member benefits that are not too commonly known, especially when you need those last couple of PDUs. So take a seat, relax and let’s explore some of the interesting ways to gain knowledge and help with renewing your certification:
  • - Free for all PMI members, this online community provides access to over 1 million professionals worldwide, including thousands of diverse articles and hundreds of hours of webcasts, which all attract PDUs.
  • Projectified™ with PMI Podcast - Do you want project management content that helps solve daily problems, learn best practices and get expert advice to advance your career? Projectified™ with PMI, PMI’s official podcast series, brings hot topics and emerging trends to listeners free of charge. Free downloads are available 24/7 at
  • Project Managers Toastmasters Club - Did you know that our Chapter supports a Toastmasters club to help you learn public speaking skills in a safe and supportive environment? Meetings are held immediately before our Chapter meeting and the club hosts additional meetings each month as well. Check them out at  
  • Chapter Meeting Webcasts - View webcasts of previous Chapter events you may have missed. Just go to to view these videos. Please note that you will need to ensure you log into the site first for the videos to appear. It’s the easy way to catch up on what you may have missed.
I hope that this helps with your learning and renewals. Remember, all of the above attract PDUs and are easy and cost-effective ways to learn and renew your certification.
The Board and I look forward to seeing you at our FREE Christmas event, which will be a great evening of quizzes, karaoke, food and fun. Take this opportunity to make the most of your membership benefits and join us.

Cole Vindevoghel PMP


Coming Soon!

A new initiative we would like to bring to our members is a coming soon communication as part of the monthly newsletter. The idea is to give our members more of a regular update on what is coming soon.  We have one more chapter event for the year and then Christmas Party which should be a lot of fun. 
In terms of events for 2019, Brad(Chapter Event Director) has been working tirelessly to lock in speakers for every month of the new year. 
This full calendar of events is coming soon and is an exciting line-up.  We are also reviewing including other events over and on top of the monthly chapter meetings which are structured slightly differently.  Stay tuned for this. 
Throughout 2018 the boards focus has been in enhancing and bringing more of an experience to our members. 

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Events Insight

December 2018
Christmas Party Special Event

December 12, 2018
5:45 PM to 8:00 PM

We won the award for best member retention in 2017 and were spending it on you to say thanks and
Merry Christmas.
It is going to be bigger and better than any WA PMI Christmas Party before.
Come and join us on the 12th Dec for an evening of networking, fun quizzes, great food, bountiful drinks and this time with…………………...Karaoke.

Book your seat for a fun night: click here:



November 2018

Our last event of 2018 (excluding the Christmas Party) and it was great to go out with a BANG’ listening to Josh Hawes discuss Psychology and its application for PM’s. I hope you will all agree that he really was an engaging and interesting speaker covering a fascinating topic.

I really enjoyed the fact that our Finance Director ‘Juanita’ introduced the event and our new Secretary ‘Lockie’ introduced the presenater. A great job by both.

The main theme I took out of the presentation was just how often I may have mistakenly dismissed the right candidate with the right attitude in favor of qualifications. I must say that employing people for attitude alone feels wrong, however; having hired a number of people in my time; my experience has taught me that this is true.

In reality in the projects world, we don't always have the time to train people with the right attitude but wrong technical capability. Having said this I certainly will be spending a lot more time making sure the next hire is thoroughly checked for attitude once I'm confident they can perform the work technically.
I don't know about you but I got so much out of this event. As always I happy to take your feedback via email at .  

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Membership and Volunteering


Welcome to our new Members!

The WA Chapter Board wishes to recognise the new members and certification holders in October and November.

Our new members are:
Tayelolu Adetutu,
Steven Cripps,
Leonard Ernst Curtis,
David Dhu,
Shane Donohue,
Manish Gupta,
Monika Henriksson,
Belinda Jansen van Vuuren,
Mohammed Khaiafa,
Dale Naughton,
Mark Nixon,
Mark Weeks and
John Edward Wheeler.

Our new certification holders are Derek Lawn (CAPM - 20 Nov), Paula Ainsworth (PMP - 30 Oct), and Rudi Herselman (PMP - 12 Oct). Please join me in congratulating our new credential holders and members.

Congratulations to our new certification holders!

The WA Chapter Board wishes to recognise the new certification holders in October and November.
Our new certification holders are:
Derek Lawn (CAPM - 20 Nov),
Paula Ainsworth (PMP - 30 Oct), and
Rudi Herselman (PMP - 12 Oct).

Member Achievements

Congratulations to Galen Townson (past Chapter President and current Region 10 Mentor), who was recently elected to PMI’s Global Board of Directors.

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More to Read

PMI Australia Awards:

Nominations Opening December 1!

The Project Management Institute Australia Conference Awards provide the opportunity for practitioners to appreciate and recognise the achievements of organisations, projects and individuals in the field of project management.

For PMIAC 2019, the array of Awards has been expanded to acknowledge the breadth of contributions to the profession, through recognising that project management enables successful stakeholder outcomes in many ways. Although built upon common principles, project management also reflects the distinct characteristics of individual contributions, the influence of industry dynamics and the role of innovation and research.

With that in mind, PMIAC 2019 is seeking nominations for the following categories:

Project Professional of the Year
Young Project Professional of the Year
Research Achievement
Distinguished Contribution
PMO of the Year
Project of the Year
Innovation in Project Management

Speak at PMI Australia Conference

We are on the lookout for high quality speakers for our PMI Australia Conference 2019 Program!

Featuring 4 streams
PM Capabilities,
Innovation and Trends.

Think you have what it takes? Read more about what we are looking for.  Submit Paper

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Speaker Announcements

The first wave of speakers will be announced in the next newsletter! Keep your eye out on the website for early announcements!

Holly Ransom | Global Though Leader & Strategist.

In Sir Richard Branson’s Global Top 10 List. Interviewed former USA President Barack Obama. Appointed by Australian Prime Minister & Chaired G20 Youth Summit at age 24 years. Mentored by Sam Walsh (former CEO of Rio Tinto). Millennial & Disrupter | Director | Global Speaker. Read more.

Mike Lutomski | Global Space Expert – SpaceX and NASA International Space Station.

30 years Space Expert on human spaceflight programs – Managing Risks of effects on human body; Managing Risks of space flight & space debris. Director – Risk, Safety. Sustainability, Reliability, Project Management. Global Speaker. Read more.

Stephen Jenner | Global Expert – Managing Project Benefits.

Expert Advisor to Global Governments – UK Cabinet Office, UK Home Office; Australian Government. Former Head of UK £2bn Criminal Justice System IT Portfolio. Global Thought Leader & Advisor – OECD & European Commission. Global Speaker. Read more.

Partnership & Exhibition Opportunities

Get in touch to see how you can take your business to the next level and partner with PMI Australia Conference.

Contact our Project Management Institute of Australia Conference Directors – National Partners, Marketing & Innovation


Geoff Close
+61 431 702 314

David Close
+61 412 090 591

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The Project Management Institute Western Australia Chapter would like to acknowledge and thank our valued Sponsors, who have assisted in the development of the chapter and provide services to benefit our membership. Thank You!

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