The Board is the Australian Institute of Project Management’s governing body. It's responsible for setting short and long-term goals, strategic directions, and policies governing the operations of AIPM and the conduct of its members.

The Board has several sub-committees such as the Audit & Risk Committee and the Governance & Ethics Committee. The Board also forms short-term working groups to oversee key strategic issues, as needs arise. To learn more, see our governance.





Michael King OAM, FAIPM, CPPD, MBA GradCertPM, CertCivEng, MAICD

Chair of the Board
Congress Elected Director

Michael is a Principal Project Manager with experience in the design, documentation, and contract administration of civil and building projects across private, Federal, State and Local Government capital works programmes and projects.

As a project professional, his experience in Government also includes the development of Project Management Frameworks for professional skillset development in project delivery. Michael’s project background includes the delivery of Defence infrastructure projects in Tasmania and Aid projects in South East Asia.

Special Responsibilities: Audit and Risk Committee Member, Governance and Ethics Committee Member, International Committee Member, Australian Institute of Project Management International Certification Body Pty Ltd Director.




Michael Young BSc, MBA, GradDipPfM, FAIPM, FAPM, FACS, FGIA, FIML, MAICD, CPPE, IPMA Level A, DipVET, DipTDD, AdvDipGovt(StratProc), AdvDipPM 

Deputy Chair of the Board
Chair Chapter Congress

Michael is a strategy implementation advisor, entrepreneur and Company Director with a passion for sustainable change and business transformation. He works with senior executives of transformation, modernisation and organisational change programs and helps C-level executives plan for and deliver strategy.

Michael brings critical skills in governance; commercial acumen; an extensive international network; presentation, representation and speaking skills; an appetite for change; and a significant track record working closely and negotiating with senior executives across many industry sectors. He also brings technical expertise in strategy development and implementation, marketing and product development, government procurement and tendering, information technology and systems, and industry certification, professional standards and competency-based assessment.

Michael has over twelve years experience on Boards and Board Committees in not-for-profit peak bodies, has been a Company Director for four domestic and one international company and has held Board Committee and governance roles in sporting bodies. He is a Certified Advisory Board Chair and an AICD qualified Director and Chair.



James Bawtree FAIPM CPPD

Director of the Board

James Bawtree initially joined AIPM in 2003 as a member. He is qualified as a consultant and trainer in project, program and PMO management, formally training over 1000 project, program and PMO managers. James has over 17-years career in strategy execution spanned many areas, including portfolio, program, project, PMO and change management as well as strategic planning, capability management, manufacturing engineering, transformation change, mergers and acquisitions, system engineering and organisational design.

He specialises in performing organisational strategic reviews and leading large complex programs on client engagements spanning multiple disciplines and engaging global resources. He has led and managed multi-million-dollar programs in the banking & finance, utilities, infrastructure, federal & state government, defence, manufacturing and healthcare industries. James is a qualified gateway and P3M3 reviewer and subject matter expert in organisational reviews and has led the largest reviews in Australia and supported large reviews in New Zealand and the UK.


Connie Beck FAIPM CPPD
Director of the Board

Connie is a motivated Executive with Global Transformation, Consultancy, Managed Services and eCommerce background advising Boards on improved efficiencies in IT through Outsourcing and Transformation. Career highlights - managed $200m+ Outsourcing portfolio for Getronics Asia Pacific, delivered Coles/Wesfarmers largest Digital Transformation - eCommerce online shopping platform. Recently appointed Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management & Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has consulted across a plethora of industries implementing Managed Services and establishing PMO to manage all project activity. Consulted at Dulux, Canon, ANZ, Cadbury Schweppes, Medibank, Repco, Toyota, Linfox, ACCC, Tomago Aluminium, Worksafe/TAC, Ausgrid, Melbourne Water, AXA, RTA, Shell, Government (including Prime Minister & Cabinet) as well as the mining industry - Rio Tinto, BHP.

She is recognised in the industry for stakeholder management and building trusted relationships having led significant programs of change both in projects and managed services. Her extensive experience building high performing teams across all technology towers to deliver enable outcomes aligned with the company's strategic direction.



Nigel Hennessy BSc (Hons) FAICD AICD Dip Dip FP

Independent Director of the Board

Nigel is a professional public Company Director specialising in digital transformational and its impact on governance, commercialisation and data analytics. He has extensive experience in leadership positions including Managing Director/CEO for CCN/Cabcharge (ASX.CCZ), Simoco Pacific Pty Ltd, AquaSpy (Agrilink) Inc and EASAMS Australia Ltd. He was Deputy MD and General Manager Defence of BAE Systems Australia (LON.BAE.) and headed up the Australian Defence Systems business for the company and represented BAE Systems on numerous Government committees.

He successfully started a systems company in Australia and has been involved in several other successful ventures in Australia, Hong Kong and the USA. This included the setting up of a Golf Business in the USA with Bruce Devlin and a Water Technology Export NFP with support from the Water Industry sector and Penny Wong. He is a published author in governance and has often been asked to present at conferences in Australia, USA and China.

Nigel is currently a Director for Syntonic Limited (ASX.SYT); Thinkable.Org and is on the Executive Committee of Regional Development Australia (RDA) for the Sydney region. He is also a Commercialisation Adviser to the Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Special Responsibilities: Governance and Ethics Committee member, Information, Innovation and Influence Committee member.



Director of the Board

Rob has worked globally in financial services for 25+ years in operational, consulting, project and portfolio management and business development roles spanning retail banking and lending, shared services and operations, wealth management, insurance, retail and utilities. 

Rob has served in key roles including Project Director of leading management consultancies, strategy development and project and portfolio manager in major enterprise wide program management offices. His most recent roles have been leading the development and growth of the direct marketing channel for a leading Australian life risk specialist and establishing the enterprise programme management office for a major telecommunications client. 

He is presently the Head of the Capital Planning & Delivery for Telstra, responsible for managing the enterprise wide strategic prioritisation, governance, execution processes and financial management and capability uplift of Telstra's $4-5bn annual capital investment project portfolio.

Rob is a Fellow of the Finance and Securities Institute and Fellow of Australian Institute of Project Management, holds Certified Practicing Portfolio Executive (CPPE) and Project Management Professional (PMP) qualifications from AIPM and PMI. In 2004 he wrote an Enterprise Project Management thesis in completing a Masters of Project Management with RMIT. He is a regular presenter at national and international project management conferences.

Specialities: Strategic and Business Management Consulting, Project, Program and Portfolio Management, PMO Management, Strategy Development, Change Management, Training Assessment and Design, Merger & Acquisition, Direct Marketing, Channel Management, Insurance, Wealth Management, Banking.


Mary Ramsay GAICD

Independent Director of the Board


Mary Ramsay has extensive leadership and experience in innovation, strategy, marketing, digital transformation and start-up commercialisation. She is a highly skilled and motivated, strategic thinker with extensive experience in managing large scale, complex digital transformation programs of work and liaising with a diverse range of stakeholders from C-suite, government, industry and not for profit sectors.

Since 2016, Mary has represented Hanley Energy (a global tech innovator in the hyper-scale data centre industry) as Country Manager in Australia and is responsible for all business operations, with new and existing customers in the Asia-Pacific market. She is a non-executive board director of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Waverley College Foundation, President of the Waverley College Parent Association and former member of IAG Satellite’s Poncho Insurance Advisory Panel.

Until March 2020, Mary was General Manager, Partnerships and Innovation at Stone & Chalk (Australia's largest innovation hub) and is now transitioning from this role to focus on new executive opportunities and her Board and Advisory career.

Throughout her executive career, Mary has held senior leadership roles with not-for-profit and for-profit entities such as ASX, American Express, PwC, CBA, BT, AMP, Tourism Australia and Western Sydney University. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, a Master of Commerce degree from UNSW, a REINSW Real Estate license and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate.

Mary is an active volunteer in her local community and an active angel investor in start-ups.


Elena Zagorenko MAIPM CPPE

Director of the Board

Elena is a senior manager and leader with a track record of successfully delivering portfolios, programs, and projects in complex environments. With over 13 years of hands-on delivery experience, Elena worked across several industries including Banking, IT, Civil Construction, Electricity Transmission and Mining. Elena is a visionary thinker who works closely with leadership teams and boards to build sustainable systems and processes that enable successful delivery of corporate objectives. 

She believes in driving capability improvements through embracing diversity and inclusion on all levels of the business. Her key areas of expertise include program and portfolio management, organisational strategy implementation, international marketing, and development and roll out of fit-for-purpose project management frameworks 

Special Responsibilities: Diversity & Inclusion Initiative sponsor, International Committee member.