Project Management Special Interest Group

The new Special Interest Group for Project Management first meeting was held on 22 January 2014, and was followed by their forming AGM and CIfA Council approved it.

Group aims

The PMSIG aims to provide 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 PMSIG aims 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, including the importance of focusing on end goals; of planning to achieve goals; of managing risk and change in projects; of ensuring the quality of work produced; of defining appropriate roles and required expertise in project teams and of properly structured communication.

The PMSIG will act as 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 (£10 for non-members). To join, please contact the CIfA office at


Steve Haynes (Hon. Chair)

Nicola Powell (Hon. Secretary)

Andy Crockett (Hon. Treasurer)

Daniel Jackson

Martin Locock

Stephen Kemp

Sarah Ashbidge

PMSIG are always looking for members who are interested in joining the committee and there are two positions vacant for ordinary committee members at the moment. Please contact the Hon. Secretary Nicola Powell at groups [at] if you are interested and want to know more.

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.

Forthcoming Events

Notice of AGM Thursday, 28 June 2018 and call for nominations

We will be holding our AGM on Thursday, 28 June 2018, at the Royal Wessex Yeomanry Army Reserve Centre, next to the Wessex Archaeology offices at Portway House, Portway House, Old Sarum Park, Salisbury, SP4 6EB. We’ll meet at Portway House at 11.00 and then be escorted to the Royal Wessex Yeomanry Army Reserve Centre for the event to begin. The room can accommodate 20 people so please email the PMSIG via groups [at] if you would like to attend so we can ascertain numbers. Please put ‘PMSIG AGM 28 June’ in the subject line.

Entry is free. Tea and coffee will be provided and there is Wi-Fi available. Parking is either at the Wessex Archaeology offices or at other locations on the estate (all within a few minutes’ walk). Bring your own lunch or there is a cafe at the Flying Club close by. After AGM business, there will be a presentation focusing on the management of major projects. More details on the Agenda. Wessex Archaeology can also provide a tour of their offices after the AGM for those that wish to stay for one – on top of all the shiny things they’ve found, the offices (and the Yeomanry centre) are part of the original RAF airfield infrastructure. The hangars are listed buildings from the First World War.

Current committee

Up to our AGM this year we have seven full committee members:

Chair: Steve Haynes
Treasurer: Andy Crockett
Secretary: Nicola Powell
General Committee Members: Sarah Ashridge, Dan Jackson, Martin Locock, Steve Kemp

The officers all have two more years to serve and one general committee member is up for re-election this year, so there are three places available.

If you would like to stand as a General Committee Member, please fill in a nomination form and e-mail to anna.welch [at] or post to Anna Welch, Power Steele Building, Wessex Hall, Whiteknights Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 6DE. You will need a nominator to sign the form and two seconders (please note these must be members of the Project Management Special Interest Group but do not have to be members of CIfA).  A link to the minutes from last year's AGM is below on this page and the Agenda is here

Closing date for nominations is 11 June 2018.

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'.

  • 2016 AGM was held on Thursday 21 April during the CIfA Conference in Leicester

  • AGM 2014 - The first Annual General Meeting at the Museum of London on Friday 11 April 2014. After the AGM, the Group heard from Elpiniki Psalti, the project manager for the
    Cheapside Hoard exhibition, about putting on such an important exhibition. The Group was then able to view the exhibition.

AGM Minutes

Minutes of the 2017 AGM
Minutes of the 2016 AGM
Minutes of the 2015 AGM
11 April 2014

Committee Minutes

19 June 2014
22 January 2014

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Whiteknights Road, Earley,
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