LINDA BUSH

Linda Bush has 32 years' experience and a strong record of delivery in project support, business management, consultancy, accounting and project management. This experience has been gained across a wide range of functional areas in Investment Banking - Back Office, Middle Office, Front Office, Risk, Finance, Audit and IT. As well as being a qualified Accountant controlling budgets up to £100 million (1,100 FTE), Linda is an experienced Director-level PMO and Business Manager who is consistently asked to return by previous managers. She has also set-up and managed the administration and accounting for three small companies.

PARTICULAR EXPERTISE

  • Programme Management Office (PMO) – Set up of Project Governance processes and PMO functions from scratch, both as a Consultant, and in a Line management role. Peer reviews of signature programmes, and management of project plans, stage gates and closures. Stakeholder management in global organisations and on large scale programmes.

  • Business & Portfolio Management – Business Manager and Head of PMO for a busy change delivery team with a portfolio of over 30 programmes and over 200 staff. Trusted Advisor and ‘right-hand-man’ to the Head of a large Department or Programme – providing a sounding-board and honest, constructive feedback on strategy and HR planning.

  • CEO/COO/CIO Office Manager – Secretariat and senior internal Consultant for special projects and investigations, ad-hoc ‘fire-drill’ data analyses, and reporting to senior management.

  • Programme Accountant – Accounting and financial commentary and reporting for programme budgets of up to £100 million and headcount management for up to 1,100 people.

  • Strategy and Implementation – Formulation and delivery of an IT Strategy for Banking Operations and Product Control, including vendor selection, management of project managers, IT planning/ budgeting and actual costs versus budget variance analyses.

  • Project Management – From initial requirements gathering and business analysis, to implementation of new systems and process improvements.

 

COMPETENCIES

  • Qualified Accountant and Project Manager

  • ISEB Programme and Project Support Office and Prince 2 practitioner

  • Able to scrutinise and challenge in a capable and supportive way

  • Professional maturity, with the courage and personal integrity to ask difficult questions

  • Ability to manage complex projects and budgets

  • Conscientious and diligent administrator - innovating and improving processes and controls

  • Very well organised, with excellent attention to detail

  • Effective communication and influencing skills with management and colleagues at all levels

  • Creative problem solver, with the ability to remove hurdles and get things done

  • Advanced MS Excel skills, plus PowerPoint, SharePoint, MS Project, Visio and Clarity PPM

  • Highly motivated and capable under pressure

  • Inspiring team leader, trainer and mentor, who gets the best out of people

  • Enthusiastic team player, flexible and able to cope with change.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

  • PRINCE 2 - Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner

  • APMP - Association for Project Management Professional

  • ISEB PPSO - Foundation & Advanced Programme & Project Support Office

  • CISI IT - in Investment Operations & Introduction to Investment

  • NEDA - Essential Training Course for Non-Executive Directors

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

LORNA FALLACE,
DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY PLANNING, UBS

May 2019

"Linda is extremely detail/quality/control focused. Nothing gets past her! Her wealth of experience in business management, PMO, audit and accountancy combines into a powerful skill set, you could put Linda in front of any level of seniority and she would have credibility and impact."

STEPHEN OELKERS,
HEAD OF FINANCE, REGULATORY & RISK IT, ICBCS

June 2016

"Linda has been vital to the effective and smooth running of the Risk and Finance IT department. She has helped us to keep a track and control of the Run-the-Bank costs, budgets, and developed an efficient cost allocation model. Linda is very proactive, especially in supporting the senior management team. She is dynamic, forward-thinking as well as forward-planning. Linda is also hard-working, dedicated and loyal. I can highly recommend her."

FIONA WING,
CHANGE PROGRAMME MANAGER, RBS

August 2014

"Linda combined the two roles of Business Manager and Head of PMO for a busy change delivery team with a tracked portfolio of over 30 programmes/projects and over 200 staff. Linda's strength of purpose, wealth of experience and eye for efficiency meant that attention was always focused where it was needed. Linda's highly motivated approach inspired a culture of best practice across the team, at all levels. Her persistence to get questions answered and her analytical expertise and confidence to challenge were used to great effect."

DERYCK BRAILSFORD,
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, CREDIT SUISSE

May 2013

"I have known Linda from several roles now, and have been consistently impressed by her. She is one of the very few people I have worked with that really understand what a PMO is supposed to do, and then goes about fulfilling that role to the highest of levels. She has excellent planning and budgeting skills. She has excellent meeting facilitation skills. She has excellent coordination and delivery skills. She can work with both senior and junior team members to get things done. She is tenacious and focused, but without upsetting anyone. I would have no hesitation in working with her again. Nor should you."

SHOAIB AHMED,
PMO MANAGER, RBS GLOBAL BANKING & MARKETS

February 2012

"Linda is a highly skilled and professional senior PMO. I worked with Linda at RBS on the Unicorn Programme. She demonstrated strong communication, stakeholder management and leadership skills. Whilst her role was predominantly focused on managing programme financials she acted as a key knowledge holder and provided invaluable support for more junior members of the team. Her depth of experience was demonstrated through her understanding of planning techniques, managing complex budget structures and utilising RBS's planning/project management tools. Linda impressed me with her hands on approach, positive attitude and ability to deliver required results. She was regarded highly by management and her colleagues. I would have no hesitation in recommending Linda and it would be a pleasure to work with Linda again in the future."

RICHARD HUMPHREY,
HEAD OF PMO - CIB INTERNATIONAL, STANDARD BANK

July 2011

"Linda is a hard-working and conscientious PMO professional who used her extensive knowledge of the banking industry to help develop our start up PMO function. Linda proved a solid team-player who initiated and completed improvements in the PMO processes and collation of process information for the education of project managers while also proving to be an effective interface between IT and the supported business areas - in particular, the Finance department. I would have no hesitation in working with Linda again should the opportunity arise."

BEN GREEN,


PROGRAMME MANAGER, RBS

May 2011

"Linda is extremely self motivated. She used a range of communication skills and consistently communicated excellently with peers, sub-ordinates and people that held executive positions. Linda displayed a great level of flexibility during her time in RBS. Her role changed two or three times which did not present a problem for her continuing with her high standards of performance. Her main success was running a key strategic project for the organisation which involved managing a number of resources across numerous areas of the organisation. Linda was successful in this and showed that she possessed excellent co-ordination and management skills."

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