05 Sep Head of Department Profile: Peter Houlihan
Meet Peter Houlihan, National Head of the EPMO
You are the National Head of EPMO. What does this mean?
EPMO stands for Enterprise Project Management Office.
Essentially, the EPMO helps the organisation get the best value from the investments they make into projects.
We define that word ‘value’ fairly broadly. Yes, it might be about financial value, but it is any kind of benefit for the community we serve.
Have you worked in EMPO roles previously?
I’ve been working in and around projects for almost 35 years.
I was Operational Manager for the EPMO for NAB for five years and also worked as an independent consultant, helping people set up their own EPMOs.
What do you like about project work?
In the 80s TV show, The A Team, one of the characters used to say: “I love it when a plan comes together.” I can definitely relate to that.
It is so satisfying to plan and schedule around a set of clear objectives and then see it all delivered.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
George Clooney-ish (I like coffee), Harrison Ford-like (I like spaceships), Gregory Peck-ish (strong sense of fair play – like Atticus Finch).
What do you do for fun?
Cheer on the Richmond Football Club, plan (and take) trips with my wife and go out with my close-knit family.
What do you like about working for the Salvos?
It’s great to work for a place where the connection to doing good in the world drives everything and is so immediate and obvious.