Iain B. Simpson manages, designs, and writes.
I’ve made my life into what I enjoy doing most: solving problems and applying myself to challenges; motivating myself and those around me to develop existing skills and learning –always learning– more. I most enjoy working with other people.
This is why I am passionate about project management. Applying tools and techniques that are easy to learn (and rewarding to master) towards solving a problem or realising an opportunity; working with a team of project professionals, customers and end-users, (people all); delivering something unique and tangible.
For these reasons I think project management is a life skill, and am on a personal mission to bring project management learning to Scottish primary and secondary schools. I am an active volunteer and advocate within the PMI, United Kingdom chapter, and since April 2011 a Beaver Scout Leader (on hiatus with new member of family since April 2012).
I am a project manager with 8 years experience in the UK Oil & Gas Industry. Current projects involve lifecycle verification of modifications to existing offshore oil installations. In previous jobs I have planned large-scale fabric maintenance campaigns; inspection operations, projects, and shutdowns; been responsible for the quality of company records within SAP Plant Maintenance, eliminated backlogs, and became skilled at using all related software to carry out analysis, planning, tracking and report writing.
Away from work I am completing a MSc in Project Management at RGU (planning to graduate with MSc in 2013). I love tinkering with old computer hardware, and have a working collection of many old and current consoles and computers. My other hobbies are writing, photography, painting, reading, art, design, typography, jogging, yoga, cooking and gardening (mainly to grow food).
I live in the countryside with my beautiful wife and daughter. We have two cats, four chickens and a whole lot of fun.