Board and Committee

Amanda Nuttall - Chief Executive Officer

AN pic April 2015As a senior consultant with Strategic Proposals, Amanda advises and works with sales, marketing and bid teams across a wide range of sectors predominantly within the engineering, construction, facilities services and IT sectors, supporting on live deals as well as driving systemic improvements to their proposal processes.

A member of the APMP since 2006, she has achieved APMP Professional Certification.


Amanda presented at the annual APMP conference in 2013 and again in 2015, sharing the journey of creating the first ever bid and proposals apprenticeship programme in the world. The formal development of this apprenticeship is well underway and collaborative work continues with the Trailblazer group to deliver a new set of standards designed specifically for the bid and proposals industry.


Richard Bannon - Immediate Past CEO and Symposium Director

Richard Bannon sqr 2015Winning good new business by leading bid teams for over 25 years, Richard is seeking to bring his skills and experience to the development of the APMP UK Chapter. He will continue work on creating a sustainable Board structure to match our continued Chapter growth, with succession planning and increased transparency in our governance. Richard is a strong advocate for all levels of Certification and aims to ensure the APMP UK Chapter moves towards becoming the nationally recognised authority on all aspects of bidding through demonstrated member professionalism, increased awareness of the APMP in the UK and our Certification Programme.

Richard has been engaged with APMPUK since 2001 previously serving on the Board as Secretary and more recently for Certification & Development. Richard is active in supporting members at all levels of Certification.


Nic Adams, CF APMP - Immediate Past Chair/Director APMP International and UK Conference Co-Director 2017

nicadams sqrWith over 25 years IT Industry experience including more than 15 years in bid and engagement management, Nic has extensive experienced in bid, proposal, contracts and programme management and is skilled in the development of the Win Strategy, creation of the Value Proposition with a broad background in the development, management and control of corporate bid processes.

Nic has a history of personal involvement in non-profit organisations and has been elected to numerous board positions within AFSM International, Rotary, Lions International and various education institutes.

Having been an active member of APMP since 2004, Nic has served on the UK Chapter Board of Directors since 2007, holding the offices of CFO from 2007 to 2009, COO for 2010, CEO for 2011 and 2012 and of Immediate Past CEO for 2013 before once again taking on the role of the UK Chapter's Chief Financial Officer for 2014.

Nic fully embraces the APMP mission.  He is an elected director on the international APMP Board for the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years and in 2014 has been appointed to the APMP Executive Board in the new role of Association Treasurer.


Martin Kaye, CPP APMP - Treasurer

Martin Kaye apmpMartin first joined APMP in 2005 as the APMP UK committee member for membership.· After a short break, he returned to the same role in 2012 and is now moving on to be the Finance Director.

Martin has over 20 years of experience as a bid manager, being skilled in leading teams to win profitable high value contracts through use of best practice. Early bid management experience was in aviation control systems and telecoms. Over the last nine years Martin has been contracting in a variety of industries as diverse as security and travel management and he enjoys the diversity and flexibility that working as a contractor provides.



Jon Darby, CPP APMP - Marketing and PR

jon darbyJon has over 18 years’ of bid management experience in the ICT industry with a track record of winning bids in the public and private sectors worth up to £500m. Jon is experienced at leading opportunities through all stages of the bid campaign and has led global bid teams across organisation and geographic boundaries working in-country from Italy, Germany, Netherlands and the US.

Jon has been an APMP member since 2002 and in 2011 achieved Proposal Professional Member (PPM) certification. Jon works for Harmonic Ltd as a Business Winning Consultant where he coaches clients to win critical, complex bids.


Claire Bird - Apprenticeships and Development Director

Claire BirdClaire has been a member of the APMP since 2012, achieving Practitioner status in 2015.  She has previously volunteered as part of the ‘Trailblazer Group’ responsible for developing the first apprenticeship programme for the bid and proposal profession within the UK.  Claire has 10 years’ experience working across a range of sectors, and has held a number of senior Bid Management roles for Lloyds Banking Group, NG Bailey and Accent on Training Limited.  She is passionate about bid and proposals, and making it a career path of choice, and is excited to support the development of opportunities for young people, within a profession that spans multiple industries.

Claire managed the world’s first Bid and Proposal Apprenticeship at NG Bailey, and is well placed to drive through the Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship.  Working with the wider trailblazer team, she hopes to develop the Apprenticeship Director portfolio by continuing to build on the great work done so far to further embed the scheme and raise awareness across industries.


Peter Lobl - Membership Director

Peter Lobl sqrPeter is Membership Director of the APMP UK and an EU Commission Expert Reviewer. He has worked on both sides of procurement, providing advice and guidance to Public Sector (Kent County Council, Home Office) and private sector clients (Unisys, Alcatel, HP) on how to get the best out of the Public Sector bidding process. As director of Sixfold, an APMP approved ATO, he is personally in touch with countless new members each year and believes passionately in the APMP as a powerful enabler of bid professionals.

Peter works with Sales and Bid Managers in large multi-national corporations to develop excellence in all aspects of winning high value business. This has included developing account and capture planning processes, honing client relationship skills and assistance with all aspects of bid development. Peter has been a member of the APMP since 2006 and achieved Practitioner certification in 2008.


Mark Whelan - Special Projects Director

MHW apmpMark Whelan PPM.APMP is an APMP Professional and has been involved in technical and commercial proposal management for the past 25 years. Mark is a successful business leader experienced in engaging at an executive level. Mark enjoys building and managing winning teams through mentoring and leading by example.

As well as his involvement with APMP Mark has contributed to IT best practice (ITIL) publications including the BSI committee on service management standards.
The Special Projects portfolio provides support to the members and the board and Mark welcomes ideas from the membership for projects which improve the member experience and the operation of the chapter.


Alan Howard - Certification Director

Alan howardAlan began his career as an engineer, working with IBM mainframes before moving on to System Engineering He was selected to become an IBM proposal consultant, it was here that he first became exposed to the arcane art of bids and proposals. Then he was headhunted several times to a series of bid management and consultancy roles.

Later became a Sales Manager, facilitator and trainer, developing additional skills . Alan now has his own company, providing bid and proposal services as well as running training workshops.

Alan joined APMP in 2009 and was appointed to the board of the APMP UK in 2016 as the Certification Director. He has been heavily involved with the mentoring programme and the conference training days.


Vicki Jackson - Communications Director

vicki jacksonVicki is an ambitious, tenacious and commercially astute bid management professional with 10+ years’ experience leading £multi-million bids and tenders on behalf of both private and public sector clients. She demonstrates a particular expertise in the NHS/Healthcare, Defence and Legal/Professional Services sectors and has an industry leading tender win rate of 85%.  Passionate about all things bids and proposals, she is devoted to promoting and professionalising the art of winning business. Vicki is personable, dynamic and brings energy and a real enthusiasm for bidding to the organisations she works with.

Vicki has been a member of APMP since 2012 and is excited to be supporting the UK Chapter in the delivery of its strategic goals, building on its current comms and engagement activity and developing the way we engage effectively with our members.


Chris Colquitt - Technology Director

Chris ColquittChris Colquitt is the manager of the global proposal management team at Clarivate Analytics, supporting customers accelerate the pace of innovation. From working to cure cancer through to putting people on Mars, they help customers across the world identify and answer their important questions.

Within the UK APMP, Chris acts as Director of Technology. Here, he works with a team of volunteers to support and evolve the current technology systems, to identify and communicate a technology landscape for UK bidders and to support the other workstreams in IT special projects.


Karen Althen, CP.APMP - Events Director

Karen AlthenKaren is Senior Bid Manager in Daisy (an IT and Telecoms Company) and over the years has used her APMP experience to help win major bids and places on government frameworks. Karen promotes APMP throughout her organisation and encourages all members of the bid team to follow best practice, ensuring consistency and success across the bidding cycle.

She has been a member of APMP for around ten years and during that time has organised successful events and mentored other members to Practitioner level. In addition, she has presented at local, national and international events including the APMP International Conference.  Karen will assist in the organisation of regional events and will attend as many as possible in order to get to know members and build up a rapport with local organisers. She also has some innovative ideas as to how events are run and hopes to generate interest in APMP and increase membership.




  • The last of 5 articles this week

    Today is the last day of National Apprenticeship Week.  We hope you’ve enjoyed the insights we’ve shared across social media this week from experienced bid and proposal apprentices, and their employer.  If you missed it, you can catch up on what Charlotte, Vicky and Frank had to say. 

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Round Up

  • The penultimate of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s Day 4 of National Apprenticeship Week, and today we hear from Vicky Coleman, a Proposal Manager within NG Bailey’s Engineering Services division.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Meet Vicky

  • The third of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and an anticipation of the launch of the APMP UK Chapter’s first Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship later in 2017, this week we are sharing insights from individuals and businesses who have already taken part in a similar scheme in the bid industry.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: The Employers Perspective

  • The second of 5 articles coming this week

    It’s Day 2 of National Apprenticeship Week, and in line with this year’s theme “Ladder of opportunity”, we caught up with Charlotte Rees, a Bid Manager at NG Bailey, to hear about the opportunities which have opened up as a result of her completing a Bid & Proposal Apprenticeship.

    National Apprenticeship Week 2017: Meet Charlotte

  • 1 of 5 articles this week

    It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and what better week to update our APMP UK Members with the progress being made with the development of a brand-new Bid and Proposal Coordinator Apprenticeship.

    Happy National Apprenticeship Week 2017 from APMP UK