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Iain Lawson

Digital Programme / Senior Project Manager


Successful Programme Manager / Senior Digital Project Manager with a wealth of technical and commercial skills acquired across a wide range of industries including:
Digital agencies, Media, Publishing, Automotive and Luxury Goods.
Over a decade of experience in planning and delivering digital projects and programmes.  Expert in designing and implementing agile processes.  Proven track record of building strong, delivery-focused teams.

Work History

Apr 2015Present

Senior Digital Project Manager

De Beers Group of Companies
  • Full project life-cycle management.
  • Multiple third party and off shore supplier management in a complex environment.
  • Supplier / solution selection.
  • Implemented controls and processes to manage an existing maintenance pipeline of work.
  • Implementation of an Episerver and MS Dynamics solution.

Managed the requirements gathering, supplier selection and the implementation of a new customer facing e-commerce website for a startup initiative in De Beers . This initiative is part of the new entrepreneurship group within the De Beers group of companies.

Mar 2013Mar 2015

Digital Programme Manager

Bauer Media
  • Senior stakeholder management in a complex high pressure environment
  • Management of risk and status reporting
  • Planning, resourcing and budgeting of digital programme (£1.2 million +) to launch 6 major brands including Heatworld ( and Grazia (
  • Programme governance including project life cycle management and budgetary controls
  • Implementing an Agile process and championing it throughout the organisation
  • Recruitment and mentoring of a team of 4 project managers.
  • Team management - both direct project manager reports and technical teams
  • Digital transformation of programme office

Brought two high profile projects back on track that were running over budget and schedule by implementing rescue processes, improving communication throughout the teams and managing expectations with senior stakeholders. Used the delivery of these projects as a platform to restructure the processes and teams to ensure that future projects were delivered on time and budget.

Successfully planned and managed the digital transformation of the programme office in a large media organisation.  Improved governance of project costs and schedules, enabling the company to be flexible and agile enough to re-prioritise development to support changing commercial requirements.

Nov 2012Mar 2013

Senior Project Manager / Consultant

  • Agile consultancy to ensure that CDS’s development processes were in line with the major public sector clients

Provided consultancy to a CDS in implementing Agile so they could align their processes with new guidelines from their public sector client that required a proven and solid Agile process on a major contract. The process was embraced both by the agency and supplier, and delivered a successful framework for future projects within the agency.

Jun 2012Nov 2012

Senior Project Manager

2ndByte (TraderMedia Group)
  • Planning and delivery of full application rebuild
  • Ensuring clear and regular communications throughout the organisation and across the two development sites
  • Responsible for project budget (£270k), ensuring accurate time tracking and cost control

Senior digital project manager on the Fiat Automobiles Group account responsible for the delivery of the new used vehicle locator web application and dealer back office systems (

Oct 2011Jun 2012

Senior Project Manager

Tribal DDB
  • Senior project manager on the VW and Diageo accounts for Tribal DDB
  • Responsible for delivery of multiple projects, including major site redesign and AB testing platform, for website modifications
  • Management of internal and third-party technical and creative teams
  • A/B testing analysis of the VW model landing page redesign and its final implementation

Managed the design and delivery of the new model landing page for VW. This project included an A/B test to determine the success of the design in improving the customer approval score and was managed in a way that allowed the client full flexibility on focusing cost and development time on the correct vehicle models in the order that aligned with their marketing strategy.

Senior project manager on the discovery phase of the Guinness museum interactive experience.   

Jun 2011Sep 2011

Project Lead

  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Implementation of iterative development process
  • Budget and status reporting to senior stakeholders

Project lead responsible for the ‘Renew’ phase II content project for Ford Motor Company. Set up processes and systems to deliver personalised customer experience for Ford at  autoshows.

Mar 2011Jun 2011

Senior Producer

  • Management of both internal and offshore development teams
  • Requirements analysis, estimates and creating statements of work
  • Reporting project status, risk analysis and budget/spend to both to client and internal management

Senior Producer/Project Manager on the Unilever Flora account responsible for the delivery of global projects including the upgrade and localisation of the Flora heart age web tool across international markets.  

May 2010Dec 2010

Project Manager

National Archives
  • Full project life-cycle cycle management on a time critical delivery schedule
  • Managing transfer of sensitive data and security protocols

Successful delivery of a commercial image conversion and resale project worth 3.5 million pounds.

Large-scale data/process transfer from external supplier to internal systems that saved client 750k per annum

Oct 2008Apr 2010

Project Manager

Natural History Museum
  • Third-party supplier management and Facilitation and conflict resolution between
    third-party suppliers and internal stakeholders

Senior Project manager on all the software development projects (£1 Million +) for the Darwin Centre programme at the Natural History Museum. These projects delivered an internationally acclaimed interactive experience in the Darwin Centre Cocoon building, David Attenborough film studio and online for the museum’s new social networking website.                         



Internet Developer
  • Developer/web Project Manager and Consultant: Schlumberger Information Solutions
  • Senior developer : Cavendish Interactive
  • Intranet Analyst Programmer : Warner Music International
  • Analyst / Programmer : Turner Bianca Group