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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, ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND

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."

HUMPHREY PERCY,

GLOBAL HEAD OF FINANCIAL MARKETS, WESTLB

November 2010

"Linda worked at WestLB from September 1996 to July 2003 where I was Chief Executive of Global Financial Markets. I found her to be extremely hard working and loyal and a pleasure to work with. Linda?s level of commitment was exemplary and she demonstrated an ability and maturity to contribute to the group; she managed complex projects and adhered to budgets set and communicated well with her colleagues. Linda is a self starter and is self motivated so is used to working both with others and alone."

RECOMMENDATIONS

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

COMPETENCIES

  • Qualified Accountant and Project Manager

  • ISEB Programme and Project Support Office and Prince 2 practitioner

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

  • Very well organised, with excellent attention to detail

  • Advanced MS Excel skills, plus PowerPoint and SharePoint

  • 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

  • Ability to manage complex projects and budgets

  • Highly motivated and capable under pressure

  • Inspiring team leader, trainer and mentor

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

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.

LINDA BUSH

Linda Bush has 30 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.

 
 
 
 
 

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."