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November 2020 PMiA: Portfolio Management During COVID-19

Thanks to everyone who came to our November PMiA session on Monday!

You can view the presenter’s slides here.

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OCTOBER 2020 PMiA: Microsoft Project – Adapting it to Your Business

Thanks to everyone who came to our October PMiA session on Monday!

You can view the presenter’s slides here, and register for our November session here. 


August’s Session – Managing the Complexities of Stakeholder Engagement

How do you engage with stakeholders in complex projects in which you have a wide diversity of stakeholders and where each of them can be impacted in such different ways?

Come join us at PMiA in August when Ryan Hastie from Wodonga Council will share some of his experiences in dealing with complex projects and stakeholders in his work as Business Engagement Facilitator.

Ryan will explain some of the challenges he has had, his approach to meeting those challenges and the results of those outcomes in difficult situations.

Guest Speakers: Ryan Hastie


Ryan has been the Business Engagement Facilitator for Wodonga Council for two years, assisting the Council during significant commercial development and infrastructure works to revitalise the Central Business Area. This work has included new retail precincts, reconstruction of existing roads, creation of new roads and works to improve pedestrianisation.

Prior to his current role, Ryan worked at RSM as an Accountant/Advisor. Ryan has a distinguished background of working with a range of different stakeholders in a variety of industries and has brought those developed skills to his job at Wodonga Council with great success.

Ryan is an experienced business advisor with a demonstrated history of working with SMEs. Skilled in business improvement using strategic planning, sales, direct marketing & financial reporting analysis.

Date: August 26th, 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: ChamberHub – Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce
Register: Click here

PMiA July – Defining requirements that deliver


Defining what you client or your business requires increases the chances of the solution delivering what is really needed.

How do you ensure you deliver all your client’s requirements? Not just the product or service, but the complete solution.

Not just the what, but the who, when where and how. By capturing all their requirements.

  • Your accounting/finance system isn’t meeting your needs and you need to change it.; or
  • You need a better system to manage your customers; or
  • You need to purchase a new phone system; or
  • You want to deliver a new product or service to your clients.
  • How do you ensure the solution delivers all you require?

Capturing all your (and your stakeholders) requirements is key. But how do you do this effectively?

During this session, we will explore tools and techniques you can use to:

  • Specify and document business requirements for your next major purchase.
  • Help your clients define what they really need from your business.

You can only get the solution your business needs if you are clear on your requirements.

You can only truly deliver your clients’ needs when you understand what they require.


Guest Speakers: Steve & Susan Owens

Steve and Susan have been working on major IT, business change and business transformation projects for… well, way too long. In 2015, they moved to Albury from Sydney and started E2E The Change Agency. They work with local organisations managing various business initiatives.

Steve is an Agile Scrum Master. He brings Agile tools and techniques to specifying business requirements. He has been Project Director and Project Manager for major business projects across a variety of business types.

Susan has a MBA, Organisational Change Management and Project Management qualifications. She works with project teams, IT teams, production staff, customers and vendors to achieve alignment for project success. On many projects, Susan has managed the business / vendors relationships, ensuring the vendor delivers what the business requires.

Date: July 29th 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: ANCC ChamberHub
Register: Click here

PMiA May – Choosing the right projects

Choosing the Right Projects

All organisations should have a long term plan. Where do you want the organisation to be in 3 years’ time?
As we all know, managing projects is hard and risky work. If you are going to do projects, you had better make sure that they move you closer to where you want to be at the end of your plan, to justify the effort.

No matter how small or large your organisation, resources are limited. It is critical to use those resources only on projects that align with your strategy.
How are you going? Are you choosing your projects or are they choosing you?

Come along as we discuss some simple processes, tools and techniques to ensure that you maximise the alignment of the projects that you undertake.

Guest Speaker

Mark Guiney has over 25 years of industry experience including executive roles as a National Manager in Network operations and HR consultant on a major outsourcing in Telstra. He has established and managed Business Operations groups for Swinburne University of Technology and VETtrak and undertaken Business Development roles for Training organisations in both the Public and Private Sectors.

He has always enjoyed Project management and as a Program/Project manager has successfully delivered projects ranging from smaller technology solutions through to large building, system, outsourcing and organisational change programs.

Mark has also managed his own company Consulting in PM methodology, development of PM learning content (physical and online) and delivery of hundreds of training workshops in Project management and Business Leadership and innovation.

Mark holds a Master Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and has a particular interest in the development of processes to identify, nurture and implement innovative, business concepts.

Mark currently works in Albury as the Tafe Services Manager for the Border region of NSW TAFE which includes Corowa, Finley and Deniliquin.

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PMiA – Let’s Talk About Ethics

Let’s talk about ethics – What are they and what do they mean for us? Almost every day we see discussion in all forms of media aobut honesty, acting fairly, abuse of power and corruption. At the March meeting David Thurley will use a series of anecdotes from his personal and business life to challenge you to think about the role of ethics in your business and private life.

Guest Speaker: David Thurley

David Thurley started his working life as a Research Scientist with a large Australian company and eventually became its technical manager responsible for all environmental matters as well as the implementation of multi-million dollar projects.

In a change of career he started his own consulting company specialising in the treatment of industrial wastewater and environmental management.  Over many years this led him to work in several countries including Malaysia, Brazil, France, Canada, Greece, the USA and UK.

For several years David was also a dangerous goods consultant accredited by NSW WorkCover to authorise licences for factories and facilities in NSW.

Although retired now, David is an Albury City Councillor, National President of the Murray Darling Association and a member of the Murray Darling Basin Community Committee.  In his spare time he does some volunteer science teaching in primary schools and amazes his grandchildren with scientific experiments.


Date: 25th March 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: ANCC ChamberHub
Register: Register Online Here

PMiA – Risk Management in Projects

Facilitating a conversation on “Risk Management in Projects”, Charmaine Stefani, Internal Audit and Risk Manager from Albury Wodonga Health will explore how risk management presents both an opportunity for improvement as well as a process to identify and treat agreed risks in an effective and efficient manner.
Linking this together will be how risk management and projects supports an organisation to achieve its strategic and operational objectives.
Guest Speaker: Charmaine Stefani
Charmaine Stefani is Albury Wodonga Health’s Internal Audit and Risk Manager. Prior to working at AWH, Charmaine worked at Hume Medicare Local as the Quality Manager and Project Lead for its closure prior to the establishment of the Primary Health Networks.
Charmaine has just completed her Graduate Certificate of Internal Auditing with the Institute of Internal Auditors; holds a Bachelor of Management from CSU; Diploma of Project Management and Diploma of Quality Auditing.


Date: 25th February 2019
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: ANCC ChamberHub

PMiA October Meeting – Managing Commercial Contracts for Project Success

Strong Contract Management is key to Project success. Would you like to better understand the contract lifecycle; from procurement, to management and exit? Anthony McFarlane and Paul Gray from Harwood Andrews will talk us through some factors to consider when managing contracts and vendor relationships. Also, what to think about when planning to exit a contract.

Date: October 29, 2018
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Location: ChamberHUB Suite 8, 512 Swift Street Albury, NSW

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Guest Speaker: Anthony McFarlane
Anthony is a Principal Lawyer at HA Albury. His philosophy is to achieve results for his clients by applying an outcomes approach to everything he does.
Anthony is a specialist in mergers and acquisitions and commercial law including Australian and International business sales and purchases. Anthony has significant experience working with Government and commercial transactions and policy reform.

Guest Speaker: Paul Gray
Paul is a Principal Lawyer at HA. He brings a commercial approach to the law from a broad set of experiences as a business owner, private legal advisor and in-house counsel.
Paul also manages HA’s in-house advisory practice, built on a decade of experience as a client and managing legal functions within one of Australia’s biggest corporations.

If you have a burning question about managing contracts, that you would like answered, at the session please email it to