PMI Sydney Chapter




Chapter Event: 22 May 2018; Collaborative Design Approach Challenges for IT facilities in Construction

22-05-2018 6:00 pm -8:30 pm

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Collaborative Design Approach Challenges for IT facilities in Construction

Join us in Parramatta for the PMI Sydney Chapter May event!

The next PMI SC event on 22nd May 2018 will be hosted in Parramatta, at the Western Sydney University City Campus, Parramatta, where Stuart Penny, Kerry Holling and Bill Parasiris will discuss collaborative design approach and delivery challenges for IT facilities in construction. The event will be hosted in the building that our three speakers contributed to delivery of during its construction.

Stuart, Program Manager – IT Transformation, Toyota Financial Services, will discuss the challenges of being an IT PM on a major construction project and look at how we were able to achieve some genuine and significant innovation despite the waterfall nature of the overall project.  The value of prototyping will also be explored along with some lessons learnt about winning the important battles on IT requirements so that the building remains capable of supporting ongoing innovation and change.

Kerry, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Western Sydney University, will discuss the role of Senior Executives, that is ensuring that programmes and projects have the greatest chance of success by providing the tangible resources and somewhat intangible support needed to be successful. Specifically, the actions and approaches that were required to deliver the Parramatta City Campus project.

Bill Parasiris, Executive Director, Estate and Commercial, at Western Sydney University, will discuss the key matters to consider when delivering a project of this size and strategic priority. Emphasising the importance of a holistic approach and quality engagement with key stakeholders, Bill will detail the challenges and lessons learnt throughout this still-live process.

This Parramatta location is easy to get to by public transport and is a 6 minute walk from Parramatta Station (see the walking map below from Parramatta Station to the venue). Travel time from Wynyard Station to Parramatta Station by train is approximately 40 minutes. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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About your presenter:



Stuart Penny is an experienced Program Manager with solid consulting and commercial experience globally. He has a long track record of successful delivery of large scale projects and programs across public and private sectors. His 25+ year career has seen a focus on projects of all types, sizes and delivery approaches and includes starting his career in civil engineering and construction project management. He has a passion for effective management and leadership of diverse and distributed teams and a reputation for delivering strategic business transformation and organisational change.

Kerry Holling


Kerry Holling joined Western Sydney University in July 2011 and is the Chief Information and Digital Officer. He has university-wide responsibility for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Solutions and Project Services, IT Operations, Digital Security and Risk, Service Delivery Improvement and frontline Academic and Campus-based support. Kerry is also a member of the University Executive and is the Secretary of CAUDIT (Council of Australian University Directors of IT). From 2007 until 2011 he was the CIO for what is now called the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. Previously, he was the Australian CIO for Digital Equipment Corporation (1996-1998), Compaq Computers (1998-2002) and Hewlett-Packard (2002-2006). This provided him with invaluable insights into the technology sector, the operation of large commercial businesses, and the impacts of technology enabled disruption on both consumer expectations and corporate strategy.  After six years in the University sector, he was recently recognised as one of the “Top 10” most effective and innovative CIOs in Australia by CIO Magazine.

Bill P


Bill Parasiris, a proud Western Sydney University graduate and lifelong Western Sydney resident, is currently the Executive Director, Estate and Commercial, at Western Sydney University (WSU). In this role, Bill heads the Office of Estate and Commercial (OEC), within the University’s Division of Finance and Resources. OEC is responsible for managing the University's $2.2 billion portfolio of properties and campuses and all commercial operations. With over 20 years’ experience in property, commercial operations and asset management, his experience covers sales, leasing, marketing, property development, business plan development & implementation and project management. Bill’s career has spanned multiple sectors, including retail, commercial, industrial, residential and education. He is currently overseeing the University’s Western Growth program of work, and key WSU projects overseen by Bill include the negotiation of the largest student accommodation transaction agreement in the Southern Hemisphere to date in 2013; the delivery of WSU’s state-of-the-art Peter Shergold Building, home to the University’s School of Business, in December 2016; and the Liverpool City Campus in the burgeoning CBD of Liverpool in March 2018.


Time: 6:00PM (Networking); 6:30PM to 8:30PM (Event followed by networking)

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Location: Peter Shergold Building, Level 9, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Professional Development Units (PDU): 1 PDU can be claimed for attending this event

Cost:  Free for PMI Sydney Chapter Members (log in first), $20 for Guests

We are no longer accepting registration for this event


Chapter Event: 19 June 2018 - PMI Sydney Chapter Event - Meet the C Level: Managing Complex Transformations - Management Insights

19-06-2018 6:00 pm -8:30 pm

Janine Modaro  Ken Sheargold100x100  Barbora Muzikant100x100 

Join us for the next PMI Sydney Chapter event where you will have a rare and unique opportunity to network with and learn from C-level executives and their insights relating to the three areas of focus for the PMI Talent Triangle, in particular Leadership and Strategic and Business Management.

The focus topic for the panel review will be ‘Managing Complex Transformations” and our expert panel will include Janine Modaro, Director-Transformation al Program Management of KPMG and Ken Sheargold, Chief Executive Officer of PM Partners and will be facilitated by Barbora Muzikant, Director Project Management Consultancy of ACCELR8.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Time: 6:00PM (Networking); 6:30PM to 8:30PM (Event followed by networking)

Date: Tuesday 19th June 2018

Location: 60, Margaret Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Professional Development Units (PDU): 1 PDU can be claimed for attending this event

Cost:  Free for PMI Sydney Chapter Members (log in first), $20 for Guests

Sorry, the event is now full and we could not accept more registration