James Emmett


James Emmett

Bellapais, High Street, Shrewton, SP2 4DB

Tel 01980 620670 / 0774 7770755

Career Objective

To operate as a senior executive (COO/CIO/Programme Director) in a dynamic, challenging, results orientated organisation, with International/varied interests, where I can utilise my innovation, analytical, strategic and visionary skills to drive efficiency, improve shareholder/stakeholder value, and enhance the profitability and product/services of the organisation. Maximise my communication and delivery skills in engaging with Stakeholders, suppliers, identify opportunities for efficiency improvement, manage external initiatives and legislative reform, and lead, manage and drive improvement through transformation of operating divisions.


High achieving, multi disciplined, results orientated and proactive director level executive with CXO and Ministerial front facing gravitas, International exposure and senior level engagements across 44 countries and 3 continents. Enviable UK based Public Sector experience across National and Local Government, exemplary communications and governance skills, and comprehensive multi sector improvement, 21 year line exemplary management track record. Logical, pragmatic and lateral where required, and driven to challenge standards, improve them and deliver measureable, valued and sustainable bankable and efficiency benefits. Targeted solutions delivered across management and technically enabled business change, using high quality strategic and advisory skills coupled with organizational design, process development, and a flexible management method which also promotes leadership by example.


Evaluated Diagnosed/Analysed, then implemented an innovative off-shore, on shore hybrid model for the applications development component of the Government EMA. Re-structured the reporting and governance arrangements successfully to satisfaction of clients. Constructed the requirements capture approach through an on shore hybrid. Delivered results immediately. Selected, briefed and deployed a lead PM to India to control risk. Led and directed effort of a 100 strong team. Implemented turnaround of a 6 month failing programme, within 4 weeks, delivered on time, under budget by £600,000.

CommunicatedAddressed a 70 strong United States Government NSA/ NIC team on how to plan and approach business management, and Information systems implementation in third world and developing countries. This information delivered practical, pragmatic and first hand advice, enabled collaboration and shared experiences from the audience. Facilitated the development of a set of generic risks, enabled an open discussion of $500M cross sectoral spend, and promoted cross agency dialogue and cooperation.

DirectedLed, Controlled, Co-ordinated and developed activities of 80 consultants over 175 national and International engagements, across 3 continents and directed on the ground efforts which ensured management and technical engagements completed on time, to specification and effectively managed budget(s) that ranged from $1m to $240M.

Operated Implemented Business and Technical Leadership for EDL, a secure communications and networking organisation. Led and directed the marketing and brand development. Performed ongoing financial and strategic assessments. Developed a niche consultancy operation, which grew and produced £9M revenue over a 6 year period. Successfully delivered both management and innovative, sustainable technical and management solutions, under my direct control.

ActionedEvaluated, analysed, secured a framework opportunity for the Overseas Development Agency. Led the bid team, authored the tender, submitted and negotiated contractual terms and conditions, and went on to secure 95% or $16M of the value of the framework agreement over the next 6 years, controlled additional spend that ran into millions of dollars.

Organised Engaged to troubleshoot performance issues - Deployed in to assist 2 Project Managers on the request of the Director of the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, to evaluate the programme, control risks, and plan a way forward. Developed fresh communications, executed plans for improved governance, identified requirements for transition, improved testing arrangements and third party stakeholder engagement, streamlined the teams and approach and delivered successfully, both the pilot

Professional Experience Portfolio Strategies Limited Director

Programme Lead, Transformation Strategy, British Petroleum (BP) 2009 – current

Supported and advised the Global Head of Strategic Resourcing, provided and initiated planning, thought leadership and steerage to transformational initiatives. Established PMO, reporting and governance activities, provided Programme advice, Programme Planning, risk management, financial appraisal, analysed options, facilitated initiation of new projects and programmes, which drove multi million pound cost reduction projects and operational efficiency improvements. Managed in conjunction with and contributing to the introduction of Vendor Management, budget management improvement, technology infrastructure alignment, efficiency improvement initiatives and stakeholder identification and engagement.

Pcubed Limited Principal Consultant and Programmes Director 2007 –2009


Interim Head of Technical Delivery: Office of Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) Supported and advised CTO of the Ministry of Justice, the Chief Architect and the commercial teams. Investigated cost saving initiatives/options and identified £1.2M of savings. Undertook comprehensive holistic risk and inter/dependency analysis. Implemented third party supplier negotiations, analysed KPI’s, rationalised operational requirements and secured additional 35% service cost saving.

Programme Assurance Manager / Project Manager – OCJR (MOJ) DVLA to Police Links & HMCS DVLA LINKS Reported to the Programme Director and SRO.Investigated governance and communication issues. Implemented measureable and successful governance. Provided Team leadership and steerage. De-risked all approaches. Managed and ran Board meetings and reporting requirements. Directed 2 comm/portal Links (DVLA HMCS and DVLA VP/FPO) Recovered and delivered to specification to original planned timetable.

Portfolio Management and Portfolio Delivery Consultant -NPIA –Led and developed the innovative design and structured organisation of the Portfolio Management Office. Identified skills gaps, determined skills matrix, developed and agreed a solution, prioritised skills and agreed governance structures. Rationalised and agreed the business case, undertook risk analysis, stakeholder analysis and reviewed other business cases and prioritized/aligned initiatives to strategy according to “Proving Method” strategies.

Capita Group Plc 2005 – 2006

Programme Director (Group)


Programme Director, Educational Maintenance Allowance

Budget of £4.38M Programme and a £13.8M annual operation – Led and built a team of 75+ . Supported and directed current support arrangements for BAU. Recovered client trust, managed and implemented Project Board governance, identified and successfully brought stakeholders together. Delivered on time to original timetable, recovering 6 months of lost time

Transition Director, Birmingham City Council - As part of an award of a £500M ten year engagement - Directed the transition work stream for a major City Council. Delivered on time. Planned with stakeholders and senior executives, facilitated workshops, enabled, agreed and set strategies in place. Negotiated with third party suppliers and agreed common direction. Contributed to success of transition and formally requested by board of BCC to be deployed to head up programme.

Empower Dynamics Ltd 1997 – 2007 Head of Consulting 1997 – 1999 /Director of Consulting 1999 – 2004 / Group Director 2004 - 2005


Governance & Benefits Realisation Consultant, London Borough of Harrow

As part of a £20M+ programme undertook a dual role. Supported incumbent Programme Director. Reviewed the benefits realisation policy, process and approach. Determined next steps. Implemented new governance arrangements, on an outcome based contract. Delivered measurable improvements. Reviewed and deployed new quality standards, that were reported and measured against KPI’s.

Programme Assurance and Performance Improvement Consultant, London Borough of Harrow

On behalf of the supplier Partnership Director - Reviewed and completed comprehensive audit of 11 major projects / transformational programmes on behalf of the incumbent ITS supplier across e-procurement, SAP finance and HR, e-portal development, channel migration and customer contact centre establishment. Implemented new process for baselining enterprise and facilitating more reliable and trusted metrics. Established more robust PMO governance, identified skills gaps, proposed recommendations for improvement, agreed and implemented solutions. Engaged with stakeholders. Agreed detailed plans on approach. Delivered successfully on time.

Programme Transformation Consultant, South Northants District Council

Led £5M transformation programme. Audited / reviewed plans, procedures and approach. Audited mandate, briefed, budgets, warranty and transition plans, governance arrangements, organisation, channels, quality standards). Provided support to the Council Officers around governance arrangements, scope, finance and plans for the Customer Contact Centre Establishment. Reviewed ICT Strategy. Provided advice, direction and support to the Strategy Manager on methods to align initiatives to Business Strategy. All recommendations implemented and delivered anticipated benefits across cost reduction, efficiency and improved communication.

Project Director, Government of the Republic of Zambia

Led team selected to develop the baseline requirements for a USD19.5M Payroll Management and Establishment (SAP) control system for a 225k user population in Africa in the required timetable, to specification, and £1.5m (27%) under budget after leading a full time team over 4 years. Effectively managed political issues, recovered programme twice. Evaluated and procured a third party specialist SAP supplier, deployed and reinvigorated resources. Negotiated to secure common ground and a way ahead with two national governments, and multiple stakeholders including IMF, World Bank and third party suppliers. Delivered on time to full specification without invoking contingency.

Programmes and Portfolio Strategy Consultant, Government of the State of Orissa – As part of a £5m project - Devised a strategic infrastructure/investment roadmap for the State of Orissa. Supported initiatives to develop support for 7.5m people. Determined, documented and described the options afforded by dynamic and static data capture activities, planned the way ahead, detailed the necessary organisation, conducted options appraisal and performed gap analysis on infrastructure considerations versus constraints.

Previous Roles Projects & Business Manager, Weavers Business Solutions 1995 – 1997 Senior Accounts Management, Specialist Computer Education 1994 – 1995 Senior Negotiator / Manager, Royal Life Estates1987 – 1991 Education
  • BA (Hons) Business Management & Administration, University of Brighton Business School, 1994 – 2.1
  • Cranfield – Portfolio Appraisal – 2007, Change Management – 2003, Programme Management – 1997
  • (J Stapleton Associates), SSADM – 1994 (Weavers Business Solutions)
  • Eligible to work in EU – British Passport Holder / Languages: English / UK Security Cleared to SC level


Sep 1991 - May 1994

BA (Hons) Business Administration and Management

Brighton Business School