This was the first in a series of Crossrail Learning Legacy webinars focused on Project and Programme Management, hosted by our partners at the APM.
This webinar aims to provide an overview of the programme controls put in place on the programme.
The Crossrail Programme Controls Team set out to develop a world-class controls function which, through robust reporting and sound programme management protocols, would support the Crossrail programme to deliver the works safely and to time, specification and cost.
The Crossrail programme controls function was built on four key principles. These were to: set the standards; provide integrated information; bring foresight and advice and provide assurance.
The webinar, presented by Richard Palczynski, explains the overarching principles for Crossrail’s programme controls and explains the overall structure of the programme controls department including the changing requirements over time. It covers the key objectives for the programme in accordance with key commercial agreements between the programme sponsors, Crossrail and the industry partners.
Through the delivery of the core base services of planning, cost management, risk management, programme change management and reporting, the ambition has been met, and continues to evolve as Crossrail heads into the final delivery phase.
Richard joined Crossrail in June 2015 as Head of Programme Controls. Now, as Director of Programme Controls, his role is accountable for ensuring visibility and accuracy of programme performance data, and providing the Executive Leadership with the information they need in order to manage the programme and maintain their focus in the right areas.
Throughout his career, Richard has collected a broad range of major programme experience across infrastructure projects such as the Fylde Coast Waste Water Programme, Jubilee Line Extension, Channel Tunnel Rail Link, West Coast Route Modernisation Programme and now Crossrail. Having previously worked for Bechtel, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty, Mace and now Crossrail, he has a portfolio of different roles under his belt from design and construction management, commercial and project management to six sigma and project controls to name a few.
In 2012 he was awarded his Fellowship with the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 2016 he was additionally awarded Fellowship by the Association for Project Management as well as by the Guild of Project Controls. He’s a Supervising Civil Engineer and enjoys skiing, triathlon, cycling and running.