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About OPM

We are driven by three principles:

Personal –         we relate to the individuals and the particular circumstances of each assignment, working with you to sustainable improvements.

Professional -   we apply proven good practice using our extensive experience and through active membership of relevant professional organisations.  We contribute to their further development and comply with their codes of conduct.

Concise -           we make the minimal necessary disturbance to your business, maximising the cost-benefit for you.


Since 1988 OPM has delivered exceptional value in over 100 assignments to prestigious clients by applying skills with wisdom.   Many clients ask us to help them across a range of issues.

OPM has delivered project management services and training to the Atomic Energy Authority, BBC and the British Standards Institution as well as to financial institutions, and for example a communications company and a contract research company.  OPM has also developed and implemented management systems for BSI, London Underground Ltd and for part of a national bank. Institutional development planning and implementation has strengthened major state organizations in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Sudan and Zimbabwe as well as UK based companies.  OPM has advised the World Bank head office on its own institutional development issues. 


About David Shannon

The profile of David Shannon in the April 2010 Issue of Project magazine as one of their ten most influential people in project management - Click here to read the article.


David Shannon MA Oxon, CEng, FAPM, FIBC, MICE is a senior interim manager and advisor.  He has delivered major programmes and projects in the private, public and charity sectors.

David trained and qualified as a Civil Engineer before joining PA Management Consultants Projects Division where for eleven years he handled major infrastructure and related institutional change projects for clients in the Middle East and Indonesia as well as in the UK. 

David was then recruited into the Organization Planning Department of the World Bank in Washington DC where he advised senior managers and directors. 

On returning to the UK in 1988 he established Oxford Project Management Ltd. 

Experience ofprogrammesand projects include:

Project management support for the development and launch of the world’s first environmental management systems standard. 

Designing and implementing institutional developments of various government departments in Africa including rural development programmes, wildlife and national park authorities and a relief and rehabilitation organisation.

Defining processes for the Chief Engineer’s Group of London Underground.

Developing procurement procedures for Crossrail.

Leading improvements in programme and project management, governance, procedures and compliance for a major rail sector rolling stock procurement and leasing company.

Delivering project management training for the ENI Group in Angola, Croatia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Romania and UK for the design and realisation of major oil and gas field developments.

Chairing the steering committee for production of the UK National Occupational Standards for Project Management.

David Shannon has published and presented papers in academic and professional journals and conferences including: Project Magazine, European Academy of Management, International Project Management Association, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, University of Lille.

In the Association for Project Management he has been a Branch Chairman, Council Member, Head of the Professional Board and Deputy Chairman. He founded the Governance of Project Management Group in 2003, is its Chairman and has jointly authored its three guides.  In 2009 APM recognised his contribution to the profession with an Honorary Fellowship. 

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