Project Management Special Interest Group

AGM 2022

Our AGM is now booked for 17 March 2023 from 2-3pm. Join us as we go over this year's successes and layout our plans for the next. We are honoured to be joined by Rob Bourn, Orion Heritage, who will share his talk titled Dig in a Void: A Mammoth Task’. 

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This year we have nominations open for four ordinary committee members. If you would like to take a more involved interest in the group, this may be the position for you! If you like to stand for nomination at this AGM, please return this form to Megan at groups [at] by 9 March.


The Special Interest Group for Project Management's first meeting was held on 22 January 2014, and was followed by their forming AGM. The PMSIG provides a forum for all those in the profession managing and delivering projects across the historic environment sector irrespective of project role, stage or type. The group seeks to improve the impact and benefit of work carried out by professionals in historic environment practice by making the principles of good project management more widely understood. Principles like the importance of focussing on end goals, of planning to achieve goals, of managing risk and change in projects, of ensuring the quality of work produced, defining appropriate roles with relation to specific expertise in project teams and of properly structured communication.

The PMSIG is a focal point for the promotion and development of project management standards within the profession with a particular focus on

  • promoting Project Management as a distinct discipline with its own skill set
  • updating our thinking about effective Project Management during all project stages
  • providing a knowledge hub for good practice, to disseminate principles, practice and techniques across the profession
  • delivering training
  • providing the opportunity for mentoring and coaching
  • drawing on outside expertise and best practice.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.
Please contact us at


Gillian King(Chair)
Charlotte Willis (Secretary)
Alistair Barclay (Treasurer)
Marie-Claire Rackham-Mann
Sarah Hannon-Bland

Specialist competence matrix

This specialist matrix is designed to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for when working in project management.

Three Year Plan

Coming soon

Forthcoming Events

For information about upcoming events, please visit our event calendar.

Previous events

  • The 2017 AGM was held on 12 April at The Environment Agency, Kingfisher House, Goldhay Way, Peterborough,Cambridgeshire, PE2 5ZR starting at 1pm. Jim Anderson from the National Capital Programme Management Team gave a short talk on 'Developing project managers to deliver the Client's project management role'.

Useful resources

  • Introduction to Project Management
    Group member Martin Locock led the webinar Introduction to Project Management in July 2020. The session was intended for those working in the sector who have had little contact with project management and covers: project management as a discipline, common terminology and acronyms, the role of a project manager in the heritage sector, and challenges faced by those new to the role. It will give attendees an insight into the responsibilities and duties of a project manager. You can access the recording of the webinar, as well as other CIfA events, here.

AGM minutes

AGM Minutes 2021

AGM Minutes 2019

Committee meeting minutes

Updating soon.