The PLP Training Team

Greetings from our two regular trainers, Mike Bates and Paul Whitehead

At PL Projects, we like to think that project management training with us is different to training with other organisations. This is because everyone who works on PL Projects training courses also works in other parts of the company, be it consultancy, planning or other related work. This means that all our courses are staffed by people with up-to-date experience in the practical application of project management.

We are proud to be an accredited project management training partner of the Association for Project Management (APM) and offer course-based training towards the APM’s Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and Project Management Qualification (PMQ). These can be delivered as public courses in Yorkshire, particularly convenient for Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Barnsley, Huddersfield and Halifax, or in-company anywhere in the UK.

Between us, we have over forty years’ experience of project management training as evidenced by grey hair and beards. Both of us were instrumental in developing and leading the undergraduate and postgraduate project management provision at the then Leeds Metropolitan University. Training wise, creating a new word, we also developed and delivered the APMP and Introductory Certificate courses, using old APM language, together with bespoke in-company courses to keep us busy. We continue to deliver the PFQ and PMQ, using new APM language, as well as risk management and MS Project courses all of which are delivered with the same enthusiasm and banter as always.

Mike Bates MSc MAPM

I am reputedly the academic member of the management team at PL Projects, having joined PL Projects from the university sector. I like a challenge and consider problem solving as one of my fortes, registering as a significant ‘resource investigator’ on the Belbin profile. Whilst in the education sector, I taught on Project Management undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Alongside this I ran a range of residential project based activities in the Lake District where I developed a passion for planning and project controls.

I worked in the construction sector prior to moving into academia. During my time at Leeds Metropolitan University I developed the successful Project Management degree. Following the success of this I also set up the Centre for Project Management as a result of demand for project management training and consultancy.

I have worked recently with the RFL in getting them up and running with project management systems and with Alexander Dennis Ltd, where I organised the implementation of Project Server 2010 – software installation, system set-up and accompanying training. I have subsequently been involved with training and consultancy work with Virgin Money and most recently with Leeds City Council. Throughout, I have retained my position as an academic assessor for the Association for Project Management.

Mike Bates
Paul Whitehead

Paul Whitehead MSc MAPM

Now retired from my day job, I am enjoying a bit more playing-out time whilst equally enjoying my new hobby… once again working on project management course development and delivery with Mike.


I spent the first half of my career initially on motorway design and construction. Following this I spent a lot of time tinkering about with roads and associated structures in the Barnsley area of South Yorkshire County Council. Abolition of the metropolitan authorities led to a change of direction. I joined what was then Leeds Polytechnic working for a decade or so delivering Civil Engineering courses.

New provision in project management needed staff and so I teamed up with Mike to work on the undergraduate degree. During this time, I co-developed the MSc in Project Management, taking on the course leader role for the next decade.

I maintain a keen interest in civil engineering as my tirade of abuse while driving around our rapidly deteriorating road network will affirm!