What’s next for PRINCE2® under AXELOS?

Tuesday 21 April 2015

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

Free - BCS members and non-members welcome

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps


  • 6.00pm - Registration with tea, coffee & biscuits
  • 6.30pm - Presentation with Q&A
  • 8.00pm - Post presentation networking opportunity
  • 9.00pm - Close by 9:00pm

Mike Acaster


Public sector IT programmes are potentially risky as they are often very large with a wide range of stakeholders. Compared to private sector projects, they are also often subject to uncomfortable public scrutiny. To drive up project and programme delivery, the then OGC, which was part of the Cabinet Office, developed a portfolio of guidance on project and programme management (PPM) best practice. This is supported by practitioner certifications, the most notable of which is PRINCE2®. At the beginning of last year, the responsibility for the PPM Portfolio was transferred to a joint venture company, AXELOS, co-owned by the UK Government and Capita plc.

Mike Acaster, the AXELOS PPM Portfolio Manager, will talk about the impact of this transfer of responsibility and what is next for PRINCE2®.

As the PPM Portfolio Manager, Mike Acaster looks after the development of the PPM portfolio including PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP®, M_o_R®, MoV®, P3O® and P3M3®. Mike joined AXELOS from its inception on the 1st July 2013 having transferred from the Cabinet Office.

Originally appointed to the role of PPM Portfolio Manager in August 2007 in what was then the OGC, Mike has served as project executive for the development of the Best Management Practice PPM portfolio. While at the OGC Mike also worked on several collaborative procurement projects but was originally recruited to work the OGC's popular Successful Delivery Toolkit. Mike joined the civil service in 2001 after a career with British Sugar in their R&D centre based in Norwich, where he worked on various products from genetic engineering, new product development, process control improvements and an IT roll out.

Prior to that Mike enjoyed a career in research at several UK and American universities.

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