Announcement: Aspire Europe and Pearce Mayfield join forces

Two of the most established brands in the training market are joining forces to maintain a high quality offering in the Axelos and APM accreditations market place.

Pearce Mayfield were established in 2001 and Aspire Europe in 2004 and both have been active the development of UK best practice through authorship roles in PRINCE2, MSP and P3O. This track record brings authority and experience to the delivery of courses unmatched by any other company

Rod Sowden, MD Aspire Europe said “We have worked closely with the Pearce Mayfield team since Patrick Mayfield was one of my authoring team for MSP 2007.  I’ve always admired their unique approach to the training delivery and their courage to stand by their values in an increasingly commoditised market”

Richard Rose, MD of Pearce Mayfield “We have  often shared trainers and other resources so it was only natural to continue the working relationship when the opportunity arose. We can continue to deliver high quality courses to our current and future customers but under the Aspire Europe brand in future”

“I really want to thank all the people that contributed to the successes of Pearce Mayfield in the past and look forward working with them under the Aspire Europe brand in the future” Richard continued.

For enquiries and more details please contact Aspire Academy on 01275 848099 or email

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Case study – Thameslink – the amazing journey

Late last year we were commissioned to write a lessons learned report on the Network Rail Thameslink programme to enable other organisations to learn from their experiences.

Once we started work it became clear that there had been extensive documentation of lessons throughout the lifecycle, the problem was that people weren’t listening.

The challenge therefore was find a way to communicate the lessons that this amazing programme had faced and how they overcame them and the lessons that others can learn from this experience in a format that could be consumed.

The scale of the assignment has led us to invoke a number of new techniques beyond this case study that enabled key individuals to share their passion, their pains and gain through the use of videos and workshops to ensure their story wont be lost.

Rather than a formal report, we have created a case study and supporting videos to communicate the message. This Thameslink case study provides an insight into workings off a major infrastructure programme, and how they in effect developed and approach that has become the second generation of programme management within Network Rail.

Thameslink review case study

In addition to this report, we also produced a paper on the challenges in general around lessons learned and knowledge sharing, based on our experiences on this assignment.




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10% discount on our Planning guide!

Is it time your organisation improved its planning?

Anyone can claim to be at the leading edge of the industry or a thought leader, but how many people put themselves ‘out there’ and go into print as authors securing the backing of one of the world’s leading publishing companies like the TSO?

This book was written by Rod Sowden (Aspire Europe MD). It started life as a guidance for one of Aspire Europe’s customers, but later developed into a course and finally evolved into a book. It evolved as a result of P3M3® assessments and spotting a systemic problem in most organisations with their planning, which we found to be a global issue. The book helps to pull all the threads and concepts together into one practical guide that extracts the best from many of the bodies of knowledge around the world.

We are convinced and confident this book will make a difference to the success of your projects so why not take a look inside! We are able to offer a 10% discount if bought through us. Contact us to find out more

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New Appointment at Aspire Accelerate

Aspire Europe are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Moore as our new consulting services director. Chris will be taking on responsibility for the Aspire Accelerate brand, which is primarily focused on advisory and delivery support services to our clients.

Chris has extensive experience in the market after 15 years as a director of CMC Partnership, before that he led WS Atkins IT project management consultancy. For more information on Chris –

Rod Sowden, Managing Director, Aspire Europe Ltd said “We believe that we are incredibly fortunate to have attracted Chris, he has exactly the experience that we are looking for to take our delivery support proposition on to the next level in the coming years and he will significantly strengthen our management team”

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The Golden Thread of Planning

Back in 2008 Aspire Europe started delivering maturity assessments (using P3M3®), part of which is reviewing how effective organisations were at planning. Our experiences from these maturity assessments and working with clients, is that planning is  an area of weakness for many organisations. this article goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this.

Based on the findings, the P3M3® lead author, Rod Sowden, goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this . To read more, click here

If you find the article useful – please let us know

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PRINCE2® 2017 – Download a free chapter

The new Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 guidance is published next week (18/05/2017) and can be pre-ordered from here

But if you can’t wait until then, you can download the Content summary and Chapter 4, Tailoring and adopting PRINCE2, of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® (2017 Edition) to get an exclusive preview of the updated guidance.

The above download requires a log in (it is quick and easy to create a user profile).

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Aspire Academy accredited to deliver AgilePM® and AgileBA® qualifications

Aspire Europe are very pleased to announce that the Aspire Academy is now accredited to offer the AgilePM® and AgileBA® qualifications at both Foundation and Practitioner level.

A major benefit for both courses is 1 year’s free membership to the Agile Business Consortium for successful candidates (at any level).

Individual Consortium membership offers the following benefits:

  • 20% discount on items in the Consortium’s webshop
  • Free access to Member Training Days
  • 20% discount on general events such as the Agile Business Conference
  • Free access to the latest templates
  • Discounts on selected events run by partner organizations
  • Belonging to an organisation at the forefront of Agile development

This page, provides an overview of the initiative.

If you would like more information, please contact

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