Bill Baird is a Program Management & Project Controls Consultant, with over 25 years of global expertise in Program and Cost Management within the energy and utility industries.  

He is particularly experienced in the development of Program Management Offices (PMO's), Business IT Solutions, Project Controls and embedding effective Cost and Management Systems for Major Capital Infrastructure programs.

EXAMPLES OF BILL'S WORK:

  • As Project Controls Manager CH2M HILL Canada Water, Bill was responsible for the Cost and Commercial Management Strategy to support the initiatives of this department's delivery objectives. By mentoring and coaching Project Managers in the art of project controls, Bill led a strong drive in accurate forecasting, change and risk management. This ensured projects were working strictly in accordance with contracts and objectives to successfully complete the agreed deliverables with quality.

Bill also acted as Project Manager for the Suncor Fort Hills Project, and was the Project Controls Manager for the K+S Potash Handling Facility, Vancouver, BC.

  • The Thames Tideway Tunnel project is a proposed 25 km tunnel running mostly under the River Thames through central London, intended to provide storage and conveyance of combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river. The main tunnel will be approximately 25 km long and have an internal diameter of 7.2m. The entire project is expected to take 6 to 7 years to complete and cost $4.2 billion. Due to the complex nature of this project and the varying external Governmental reporting bodies, a rigorous level of detail in how the project costs were reported had to be established.

Bill led a team of Cost Engineers to mature the management reporting processes used. Furthermore, using his experience from working in the public sector, he devised and implemented a new Cost Management Strategy. To ensure this strategy was embedded, he produced methods to outline the approach taken by the Project Controls Team, to complete cost estimates for all internal and external business plan submissions.

  • The TE2100 project, led by the Environment Agency (UK), was formed in 2002 to develop a comprehensive action plan to manage tidal flood risk for the Tidal Thames from Teddington in West London, through to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex. The TE2100 plan is now internationally recognised as a leading example of climate change adaptation.

Bill worked in an executive role as the Thames Estuary Phase 1 Delivery Program Manager. He was accountable for the development and implementation of the plan to procure the first tranche of flood defence capital works from the 100 year TE2100 strategy. This programme encompassed 23 Policy Units, grouped into 8 Action Zones, with 500,000 residential homes, 40,000 non-residential properties, important business, critical infrastructure, industrial areas, 4 World Heritage Sites and the Port of London.  

In this role, Bill established a PMO (Program Management Office) to include a variety of skilled resources including Project Managers, Civil Engineers, Estimators, Cost Consultants, Environmental Consultants, Risk Managers, Change Managers, and Procurement Officers. The baseline capital programme was completed within 5 months and profiled the expected forecasted spend for the next 10 years, including areas of efficiencies, benefit realization and cost savings. This achievement was a first for the EA and has helped establish the requirements of the TE2100 procurement strategy.  

This role included weekly liaison with government officials, such as Her Majesty’s Treasury Office, Cabinet Office, Infrastructure UK, and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to provide updates on budget planning, risks and stakeholder engagement. Bill formed close relationships with these departments to assist in the development of the Outline Business Case totaling £1.25bn. Bill also led the preparation for the competitive dialogue procurement process and tender evaluation of the integrated delivery partner.

SUMMARY

One of Bill's most appreciated skills is his ability to transform highly complex deliverables into simple, pragmatic programs of work with clear objectives. He is an inspiring leader and creative contributor who pursues excellence in everything he does. Bill thrives when working with an enthusiastic team on complex and creative projects.  

McBaird Consulting designs and delivers unique programs to support leadership development, innovation growth, team optimization, program management, and project controls for progressive corporations, emergent startups and purposeful individuals.