Deeper Dive into Psychological Stress in Project Management | November Chapter Event & AGM 2023

Business Acumen


In this keynote presentation highly-experienced project management practitioner, multiply-accredited clinical psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, counsellor and psychological stress researcher, Professor Alan Patching of Bond University, will take us on an engaging journey of comprehension and discussion of this important topic. He will challenge us to understand more of how the phenomenon of stress impacts us personally and how it might impact our teams and our work. 

More importantly, he will help us comprehend the importance of understanding psychological stress and its potential impacts in the modern project management workplace, and what we can do to avoid stress and/or manage its impacts on individuals and on our projects. Importantly, Patching’s insights don’t come from some theoretical popular-press report or social media blogger with high enthusiasm for but few if any qualifications in the topic area – they come from personal projects experience, extensive clinical experience and internationally recognised research into stress and its specific causes and effects within the profession of project management.

Dr. Alan Patching is an experienced public speaker with over 2,500 keynote presentations delivered at major events internationally. He was once selected to represent Australia in international professional public speaking symposia so you can be sure of an energetic and engaged evening of interesting, exciting and valuable learning from someone whose comprehension comes from decades of actual project management experience on complex and high profile projects combined with findings from a formal and ethically approved study of stress among almost 500 project managers in Australia.


Takeaways / Lessons

  • Exploring the impact of psychological stress on individuals, teams, and work performance
  • Understanding the significance of psychological stress and its potential impacts on project management
  • Learn to effectively manage the impact of psychological stress on individual and project management


Speaker Introduction


Dr. Alan Patching

Director of Industry Engagement at Bond University

Dr. Alan Patching held dual roles as owners’ project director for the design and construction of the Sydney Olympic Stadium, as well as CEO of the owning entity, which was the largest Olympic stadium venue ever built. After his success in these roles, he decided to pursue a career in psychotherapy, counselling and clinical hypnotherapy. He expanded his qualifications in these fields, earning a Master's degree from the UK and a PhD in mental health among construction project managers in Australia. He holds three formal project management and construction-related qualifications and nine in mental health-related areas.

Dr. Patching is an expert in construction project management and has negotiated construction and property-related deals worth over $20 billion in 2022 values. He has been a project manager, project director or project advisor for billions of dollars worth of high-profile projects throughout Australia and in other countries including Italy and the UK. He has managed projects in retail, major events, fashion, technology and aviation. Dr. Patching is a regular contributor to public discussions on workplace mental health and challenges facing construction and infrastructure in South East Queensland as it prepares for the 2032 Olympics and the anticipated doubling of the SEQ population by 2050.

Currently, Dr. Patching is the Director of Industry Engagement at Bond University. He also serves as 2023 board member of the Committee for Brisbane and has been Chair of the Committee for Brisbane Connectivity Committee which addresses challenges in all manner of connectivity required to service the anticipated doubling of the SEQ population by 2050.




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545 PM | Chapter Event Opening

600 PM | Speaker Presentation Starts

700 PM | Presentation and Q&A Ends; Networking Opportunities

730 PM | AGM starts

830 PM | AGM ends

900 PM | Chapter Event Closes


Note: AGM is exclusive to members only. 


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Event Date:23 November 2023

Event Time:17:30 to 21:00

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