26 Oct 2017

Thales CEO named as Honorary Fellow of AIPM

Fellows, Conference, Chris Jenkins
Thales CEO named as Honorary Fellow of AIPM

Thales Australia’s CEO Chris Jenkins has been announced as the ninth Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) during the 2017 AIPM National Conference in Melbourne this week.

A lifelong contributor to project management, Chris was acknowledged by Australia's peak industry body for project management for his conspicuous and meritous service to the profession of project management spanning his roles across Thales which culminated in his appointment as CEO and Country Manager of Thales Australia and New Zealand in 2008. Chris transformed the way project delivery was conceptualised with the implementation of the 24 hour work cycle during his leadership over the Nationwide Public Transport System in Netherlands.

Mr Jenkins joins Kathryn Campbell CSC and Telstra CEO Andy Penn as the only Australian-based Honorary Fellows of the AIPM, and in his role as an Honorary Fellow will continue to advocate for the profession of project management and good project management within government.

Prior to his current appointment, Chris held the position of CEO of a Thales consortium in Netherlands delivering the national public transport smartcard program, and went on to become Vice President Operations for two years.

Chris is a significant contributor to the industry through his positions as National President of the Australian Industry Group; Chairman of the AIG Defence Council; Member of the AIG NSW Executive and AIG National Executive; Member of the Space Industry Innovation Council; Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability; Fellow of Engineers Australia; and Adjunct Professor of the University of NSW. Chris was formerly Chairman of the International Centre for Complex Project Management; and member of the Defence Portfolio Ministerial Advisory Council and DSTO Advisory Board.

AIPM CEO, Ms Yvonne Butler, expressed her delight with the appointment when she said "Chris has been one of the most conspicuous leaders and contributors to the profession of project management over a number of years and I am honoured to have him accept to be an Honorary Fellow of the AIPM. Chris is a defence industry leader who is passionate about local skills, and a strong advocate for Australian engineering, technology, design, and manufacturing. He was the perfect choice to be the next to be awarded with this, the highest honour for project professionals in Australia”

AIPM's Fellowship program aims to recognise members of the project management community who have rendered exceptional service to the Institute and are prominent in the profession of project management. The awarding of the Honorary Fellowship to Mr Jenkins is another step in the AIPM's mission to work with Government and industry to highlight the critical role that project management plays in the delivery of sustainable social and economic outcome.