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Programme Management Clients


An extract from Steve's LinkedIn recommendations:

Programme Manager at Camelot

“Steve is a great mentor, he is always willing and available to help me in my project management career and also with the job applications i make.” July 20, 2009

Top qualities: Expert , On Time , High Integrity

Tosin Olafare 

hired Steve as a Project Management Mentor in 2009 , and hired Steve more than once


“Steve is an accomplished programme director who managed and extremely complex project for my main client, Camelot. His most recent assignment was the portfolio management of two major programmes - one establishing Camelot's strategic initiatives roadmap for the next three years and a second comprising projects to deliver those initiatives, particularly in relation to Camelot's digital channels (web, Sky TV, smart phones). While working with Steve, I found that he was extremely, extremely professional, incredibly capable and an asset to my business.” June 30, 2009

Top qualities: Great Results , Expert , High Integrity

Tony Watson 

hired Steve as a IT Consultant in 2007 , and hired Steve more than once


“As a Project Manager I reported to Steve during his time as Programme Manager at Camelot. I found Steve to be an extremely professional, enthusiastic, communicative, and strategic but delivery-oriented Programme Manager. It was clear throughout our time working together that he has a vast breadth of experience of, and expertise in, large programme delivery and rescue.” June 25, 2009

Richard Aldington , Project Manager , Camelot Group PLC 

reported to Steve at Camelot

“I've known Steve professionally for over five years. In all my time of dealing with him I’ve found him to be courteous and a consummate professional. I wouldn't hesitate in putting Steve forward for any role that he had a suitable skill set match for.” March 24, 2009

James McNicol , Consultant , Sanderson plc 

was a consultant or contractor to Steve at Various companies


“I placed Steve Syder in his first contract with BT in 1992, and he remained there for five successful years. Steve is a model professional, always going that extra mile for his clients, and it is no wonder he has forged such a successful career as a freelance Programme Manager. He is extremely conscientious, thinks corporately and is an excellent bridge between the business and technicians. I heartily recommend Steve to anyone who needs the best in programme management.” July 7, 2008

Stuart Wilson , Business Development Director , Parity Resources 

was a consultant or contractor to Steve at BT


Programme Director at DTI

“Steve is an extremely diligent and calm individual. Steve used these qualities to good effect when we worked together on an EDRM implementation at DTI. The project had some rough times and Steve succesfully steered the customer through this time and on to a successful deployment whilst maintaining good and fair relations with the suppliers in order to resolve the project issues. It was refreshing to work with Steve who immediately understood the need to for customer and supplier to work in partnership to resolve project issues and conflicts. Steve contributed significantly to the successful outcome of the project.” November 5, 2009

Paul Ashton , Senior Project Manager , Hewlett-Packard 

was a consultant or contractor to Steve at DTI


“Steve performed his role perfectly. With him being Customer and Board facing, and doing the job very well, I was protected from these aspects which let me get on my role. The management of the supplier was perfectly delegated to me. Steve is very adaptable in his management style. On the project I saw Steve manage at arms length on some subjects and micro manage others. I would have no hesitation in working for or with Steve again.” July 17, 2009

Steve Rumbelow , Project Manager , Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 

reported to Steve at DTI

“Steve is a totally reliable and dependable consultant. He handled a high pressure project extremely well and showed good leadership qualities. I'd recommended his services to any consultancy and would use him again without hesitation.” June 28, 2009

Top qualities: Personable , Expert , High Integrity

Richard Netts 

hired Steve as a Business Consultant in 2007


“I worked for Steve for approximately 1 year at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (ex DTI). During that time he was committed to delivering the best quality product he could into the Department - and encouraged me, and the team, to achive the same aim. He is very delivery focussed. He is a very effective team leader (and player) and showed great interest in my development, expanding my work objectives to provide me with more challenging, and therefore satisfactory, areas of work, whilst also increasing my project management skills. Steve encourages freedom in his staff - allowing me to design and develop innovative products that were unique in BERR. His way of working is motivational - you want to go along for the ride - and I would recommend working for Steve to anyone.” July 17, 2007

Steve Ashton , Programme Office Manager , Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 

reported to Steve at DTI


Programme Manager at Companies House

“Steve recruited me to Companies House to help implement the 2006 Companies Act. As Programme Manager he had already established a firm basis for the Programme with all the structure, relevant documentation and all required checks and balances in place. He has an excellent Management style in particular being able to demonstrate the correct amount of supervision and direction to those reporting to him. Those that are competent and confidant in their abilities are allowed to get on with their work without too much interference apart from regular Progress meeting and formal reporting to enable him to monitor progress against agreed plans. Those less confidant are given the support and guidance to enable them to do their jobs to the best of their ability. He is excellent at mentoring Project Managers who are not fully experienced. In summary Steve is one of the most consummate professionals I have worked with in my 35 years experience in the IT and Business communities. I would not hesitate to recommend for any Programme Manager or more senior role that his experince for which he qualifies.” September 25, 2009

Geoff Stephenson , Project manager , Companies House 

reported to Steve at Companies House


“Steve is a highly competent programme manager and a huge asset to any programme of work being undertaken. He is highly proficient in motivating teams, ensuring good quality delivery on time and to budget. He is well respected by all that work with him and I would highly recommend Steve as a Programme Manager to any organisation. Someone who I would jump at the chance to work with again” September 21, 2009

Bethan Davis , Business Analyst , Companies House 

reported to Steve at Companies House


“Steve is a high quality Programme Manager who genuinely made a difference whilst representing AMTech IT Staffing at Companies House. I would class Steve as one of the most effective and professional Programme Managers I have had the fortune work with and would welcome the opportunity to work with him again in the future.” July 10, 2007

Top qualities: Personable , Expert , High Integrity

Steven Byrne 

hired Steve as a IT Consultant in 2005


Programme Manager at Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

“Steve is the consummate Programme & Project Management professional. Working with Steve at VOSA was a real pleasure and a learning experience. For example, a review of a business-critical shared services project that we conducted together was never going to be easy but Steve's excellent preparation, PPM knowledge and team-working made a tough job so much easier. Steve's commitment to success and his ability to work easily with colleagues from varied backgrounds and experience will be a distinct benefit to any client.”July 15, 2009

Ian Stanbury MCQI CQP , Interim Programme & Project Quality Manager , Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) 

worked directly with Steve at Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA)


Programme Manager at Orange

“I worked for Steve for approximately 18 months at BT, Cardiff and later for 1 year at GUS, Worcester. Steve is one of those managers who makes you know he values you while at the same time demanding the highest quality in every deliverable. He does not mince words but is always absolutely fair. His commitment to the quality of the delivered system was an example to the rest of the teams which is why I was delighted to work for him twice. The regular team meetings were real opportunites to discuss technical challenges, opportunities and ideas. His mind is never closed to an innovative approach - but it must be practical and it must work. He doesn't welcolme fuzzy thinking. He himself is highly motivated and communicates that to the entire team so that it's a shared, valued experience. And fun!! I recommend Steve to those thinking of hiring him or working for him.” June 21, 2008

Col Spring , Executive Programme Co-ordinator , Bath & NE Somerset Council 

reported to Steve at BT, Cardiff and GUS, Worcester