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.




Elena Zagorenko FAIPM CPPE

Chair 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 





Director of the Board

Paul is an experienced leader and executive manager having led teams of project and program professionals in the delivery of various portfolios of complex and multi-discipline projects and programs for numerous sectors and clients. His career has provided him opportunities across the design, construction, contract, risk, stakeholder, program and project management, facilities, operations and maintenance as well as in the executive general management, project, program and operations fields.

Paul enjoys maintaining relevance in the industry as an active professional having had experience in government, industry and large multinational consulting firms. This has provided him with a unique understanding of the many challenges the industry may have in the fluid professional environment of project and program management.


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.


Darius Danesh PhD, MEngSc, BEng, AdvDipPM, DipPM, DipGovt, FAIPM CPPE, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Director of the Board

Darius is a specialist in Project, Program and Portfolio Management and a decision-making advisor working closely with leaders across many industries in the public and private sectors. He has worked internationally across a diverse range of industries including Defence, Infrastructure, Transport, Energy, Oil and Gas, and Mining.
Darius has led and advised on a range of subject matters including Project, Program and Portfolio Management, PMO Management, Governance, Change Management and Performance Improvement, Organisational Maturity Assessment, Strategic Leadership and Asset Management, Multi-criteria Decision-Making and Decision Support Systems, Infrastructure Development, Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Programs, Quality Audit and Risk Management.
Darius has been a Company Director and a Board member at various engineering and project management organisations. He is a Fellow Certified Practising Portfolio Executive (FAIPM CPPE) and a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineering Executive (FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE). He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Engineering Science and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Project Management from the University of New South Wales (UNSW); and a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management.



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.


Peter Tilley MAIPM

Director of the Board

Peter is a Principal Project Manager who has over 40 years’ experience as an architect/project manager in both the private and public sectors, including positions within the Western Australian Government responsible for the delivery of public works building projects. Peter has previously held positions as Executive Director of Business Strategies, Director Capital Works Procurement, Manager Evaluation and Risk Management, Client Service Manager, Senior Project Manager and spent time working in the Middle East (Dubai).
Peter has managed and overseen the procurement of hundreds of WA Government capital works projects and is intimately familiar with the government procurement evaluation process.

In 1993 Peter joined the Western Australian Government Department of Building Management as a senior architect and quickly rose to managerial and eventually Executive Director positions. As a member of several State Government Taskforce teams, Peter co-authored the Strategic Asset Management Framework and was a key member of the Department of Education Functional Review Taskforce addressing asset creation, utilisation and rationalisation.

In 2008, he joined GHD in Perth as a Principal Project Manager and transitioned to the role of Executive Consultant in the Business Case and Economics team in 2017. This private sector experience highlighted the plight of project management consultants in the contemporary competitive environment and created the passion to represent the Project Management industry via AIPM. Peter is also a certified Gateway Reviewer and Review Leader.