PMI UK Chapter

Who's Who

Meet the PMI UK Chapter Board of Directors

Ciaran is a programme manager with extensive experience in the delivery of large, complex programmes across a range of industry sectors. Ciaran has been an active volunteer holding a number of roles including Vice President and Commercial Director in which he focused on national events including Synergy and Awards. He champions professional development, mentoring and building effective networks.

Ciaran Smith
Chapter President

Chris is an experienced project, programme and PMO professional with a wealth of experience and passion for results. He has been an active volunteer with the Chapter for almost twenty years, he lives in Yorkshire and is married with two lovely kids.

Chris Field
Vice President

Shola is an experienced accountant and Continuous Improvement professional within Global Business Services providing support to Finance related projects in the Pharmaceutical sector (EMEA.) She is also MBA qualified and a philanthropist at heart. Outside of work, Shola enjoys jazz, gospel, classical and soul music, loves to travel and is a big fan of writing.

Shola Alli
Director of Finance

In this role, Nigel’s aim is to develop educational programmes to support your professional development and certification journey

Nigel Smith
Director of Professional Development

Merv is passionate about the design and delivery of high-value virtual and hybrid event experience, having led the award-winning Digital Events team throughout COVID. In his new role as Director of Technology and Digital Events, he seeks to connect and skill-up PM professionals, and other change makers to deliver projects, at pace and scale to achieve 10x social impact.

Merv Wyeth
Director of Technology and Digital Events

Emma-Ruth Arnaz-Pemberton is a PMO, PPM specialist with extensive experience in the change management industry and a particular focus on collaboration. She is involved extensively with a number of organisations; notably the ResponsiblePM.Org, Project Management Without Borders, Project Managers Against Poverty, and PM4Change.

Emma Arnaz-Pemberton
Director of Corporate Outreach

Rachel is a Project Manager with experience in managing a portfolio of software implementation projects across a range of products. Rachel has been volunteering with PMI UK since 2019 as the Events Manager within the Northern Ireland Branch. As Director of Academic Outreach her role focuses on strengthening relationships with universities and Enactus.

Rachel Wong
Director of Academic Outreach

Over 25 years in project management at Cap Gemini and NHS, a benefits management SME at Sellafield Ltd and chair of young people’s charity Building Self-Belief CIO

Hugo Minney
Director of Volunteering

Franco is an Engineer whose career in the Oil and Gas Sector has transitioned from design engineering to Project Management. From Project Engineer to Project Manager and eventually Managing Director of a major international engineering and construction company. Franco has founded the PMI Rome Italy Chapter and served it for several years as its President.

Franco Guarrella
Director of Branches

Alla has more than eight years of project management, project management office and executive experience and worked closely with PMI for more than eight years; she is a member of steering committee for synergy years 2016-2019 - the flagship event of PMI UK chapter and contributing author at She is a keynote speaker for project management and leadership topics at PMI, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom, universities and other government organisations.

Alla Antoniuk
Director of Marketing and Communications

Joanna is passionate about Technology, Digital Transformation and Strategy as enablers for successful businesses. She operates globally in the technology and telco markets, and her teams have received global awards for outstanding technical achievement. Joanna has held board positions with PMI UK (and others) for ten years.

Joanna Newman
Director of Membership

Tunde is a project management consultant and strategy advisor with extensive experience providing strategy for complex projects and managing major programmes, across diverse industry sectors.  

He sits on the board of Oxford Urbanists (OU), he is also an active volunteer in the project management domain and has conducted extensive research on megaprojects, infrastructure development and project financing.

Tunde Ajia
Director of Operations