Professor Taylor

Tom Taylor is a project management professional with over thirty years experience in projects and business. He is a joint founder of Buro Four, principal of dashdot and vice President of Association for Project Management. He is a consultant, advisor, manager, speaker, lecturer, broadcaster and author. He can chair, facilitate, speak, provide original courses, sit on panels, contribute to think tanks, lead streams, motivate, enthuse, educate and entertain.
 
Tom is a joint founder of Buro Four an eminent project management outfit. He was chairman for fifteen years, an active manager and is now a retained consultant. Earlier positions have been with Arup Associates, Conrad Ritblat, KF Baker and Laing Management Contracting.
Tom is principal of dashdot - a consultancy, training and publishing organisation.


Tom is a previous APM London branch chairman, Council and executive board member, and national chairman; and is currently an Honorary Fellow and an active APM vice President. He is proud to be a Certificated Project Manager and to have a Certificate of Corporate Governance from the IoD.


He is a Visiting Professor at Salford University, a guest lecturer at Bartlett School of Architecture, RCA and Bath University as well as being an external examiner at UCL.


From a range of many projects he has particularly been involved in the definition and delivery of the National Tennis Centre for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the Centenary Project for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the Cable and Wireless College at Coventry.


He received the inaugural President's Medal from APM in 2007, was identified as Innovative Project Manager of the Year in 2008 and the 2009 recipient of the Sir Monty Finneston Award.
 
Tom has chaired events at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Excel, The Oval, Bridgewater Hall, Brands Hatch, Universities, hotels, conference centres and football grounds. In recent years he has spoken at events in New Delhi, Zurich, Rome, Vienna, Dublin, Riga, Lisbon, Helsinki, Krakow, Warsaw as well as throughout the UK. He has actively supported young project managers as the next generation. He has provided courses through AUDE, RIBA, RICS, Colander and others.
 
Tom was the joint sponsor of the APM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition. He is also a recent author of a range of accessible and topical books including:
"Recession Survival - a self assembly kit for businesses of all sizes"
"Recession Recovery (and beyond) for businesses of all sizes"
"How to Select the Right Project Manager"
"Characteristics of Effective Project Managers"
"GMPM = genetically modified project management"
"Management in Practice"
with other business, management and leadership titles in preparation.
He also provides articles for magazines, newsletters and year books.
 
Other themes that have been developed into talks or have involved research include:
"The Project Management Decade - grasping the opportunity"
"Ten Essentials Every Project Manager should know"
"Sustainability, the Environment and Green Issues - for managers of projects"
"Delegation and Allocation" - both ways for most people"
"Healthsafetyandwelfare is not one word"
and others plus there are more or modifications in development.
 
Tom has undertaken specific studies of matters such as Site Supervision, Project Health checks / Live Project Appraisals, Static Building Assessments, Graded Project Management job descriptions, Ethics and Professionalism.
 
Tom has facilitated practical workshops on business development, corporate away days, team building, risk reviews, value engineering and project debriefs.

He just sits about most of the day, does occasional filing and ironing, drinks tea and also sometimes thinks of getting fit again or even going for a swim.