University of Bath

Henry Watts IAAPS Project Manager

Henry is responsible for project-level governance for IAAPS, ensuring the programme keeps to schedule and budget through robust leadership and management.

Role

Henry directly supports the IAAPS programme director through:

· Functioning as head of PMO for the programme, establishing and executing a governance framework for the projects

· Rationalising spend against budgets across the programme and reporting to funding bodies

· Owning and maintaining the programme master schedule

· Supporting project leads in production of management information, aggregating, analysing and presenting this to Programme Board

Career

Henry has been a project manager since 2005 when he graduated from Portsmouth University and moved onto the Ministry of Defence’s graduate scheme within the Defence Engineering & Science Group. He has worked on a broad variety of projects from maintenance of armoured vehicles to composite material research and GPS navigation systems. However, he soon developed a niche subject matter expertise in Maritime Electronic Warfare, managing procurement and installation of key major equipment to the Type 45 Destroyer fleet as well as the Trafalgar and Astute submarine classes.

Henry also led the security information assurance process for the Type 45 Destroyer from design into acceptance, negotiating with prime contractors and the MoD’s accreditors to ensure that information was adequately protected.

In the private sector Henry was a product manager for a suite of cutting-edge submarine communications equipment, driving sales from Navies and Special Forces around the world. He led a small team developing bids to compete with the biggest names in UK defence as well as developing the company’s strategic and technical roadmaps.

Over the last 18 years Henry has simultaneously maintained a successful career in the Royal Navy Reserve where he remains a serving specialist in Amphibious Warfare as well as delivering leadership & management training at the Royal Naval Leadership Academy. He has deployed across the globe in support of numerous exercises and operations in such places as Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, America, Canada, the Baltic and the Mediterranean.

Education

Masters of Engineering (Electronics & Digital Control Systems) from the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2005 Association of Project Management Professional (APMP) qualification gained in 2012.