Project Description

Barbara Read

Barbara Read

Program Manager

Areas Of Expertise

  • Project Delivery
  • Banking / Finance

Education

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney

Key Clients

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia ( CBA)
  • Link Superannuation Group
  • Mercury Solutions Centre
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • IBM
  • BNP Paribas
  • UBS
  • State Bank
  • Flemings Bank
  • Woolworths

About Barbara Read

Barbara is a skilled program manager, joining Seven Consulting’s Sydney practice in July 2016. She has over 22 years’ experience in large and complex program delivery and management having matured through development and architecture roles into business analysis and management.

Barbara has extensive global banking and finance and superannuation experience across the spectrum of customer / channel / account processes including payments, including end to end business transitions programs.


What Barbara brings

  • Demonstrable track record of delivering large scale programs on schedule, to budget and scope, and to a high degree of quality.
  • Strong customer focus and belief in working collaboratively with the business to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.
  • Experience running the PMO Practice for Seven Consulting supporting over 40 consultants.
  • Experience at project initiation including definition and implementation of program and governance structures.
  • Tutoring and mentoring of reports to enhance capability and skillsets, building dynamic and outcome focused teams.
  • Identification and meticulous attention to the finer aspects and mechanics of delivery.
  • Proven versatility in joining the dots and encouraging collaboration across disparate teams to leverage capability and deliver business value.

Key Achievements

As PMO Practice Manager at Seven Consulting, Barbara managed and grew the practice across 40 consultants and 20 clients. This tenure was a 12 month maternity leave cover. Key achievements on building the practice, through strong focus on client engagement, recruitment, staff development and stringent quality assurance.


As a project reboot specialist at BNPP, Barbara re baselined the project scope, organisation structure, schedule, resources and Budget. Barbara also consolidated and lead the review of key delivery risks and issues to set the project up for a successful delivery. This was a 4 week process and involved the delivery of a Unit Registry administration transition and their key vendor (OneVue).


As the Transition project manager for Link Group, Barbara managed the transitions of five different superannuation funds into, between or out of Link’s administration systems. These included the migration of superannuation, defined benefits, insurance and pension products across into the new platforms and covered all Technology, Business and Operational change components.


As IT Delivery Program Manager at CBA Barbara had responsibility for a $50 million joint payment\risk\security project with 100+ resources and 11 direct reports that was in distress and had waning confidence from the PSG. Responsible for bringing the project back on schedule, re-focusing teams on priority tasks, establishing appropriate governance across all activities including risks and issues, change and budget control. A major achievement was the resurrection of stakeholder perceptions through improved engagement and effective communications. The project was delivered on time, under budget, having assessed and absorbed a number of change requests and was lauded by all stakeholders and eventual customers as a great product and a huge program success.


As a Program Manager at Woolworths, Barbara managed their payments PCI Remediation program across IT and business. She had accountability for managing the remediation of previously identified compliance gaps across the Woolworths payments landscape and preparing the organization for the next compliance assessment. This involved addressing technology, people and process issues and working with the BAU teams and vendors to embed these into ongoing BAU operations.


As a senior IT project manager, at CBA, Barbara delivered projects across a number of CBA business units including retail, wealth, and payments. Barbara successfully delivered the core module (channels\integration\customer) of CBA’s new bank wide group sales and leads program ($80+ million). Guided the setup of the technology stream including, defining project governance structures and reporting, supporting requirement gathering sessions, driving project estimates before taking responsibility for the core delivery component which included implementing a new SAP module (SAP CRM).


As a project planning resource for CBA, Barbara had accountability for business case development, including estimates, for a series of payments and wealth management initiatives. Identifying and liaising with key business stakeholders to define needs and benefits, engaging impacted technology and operations teams to develop estimates and initiate high level delivery planning and project governance and resourcing structures. 


As a project Manager for CBA, Barbara project managed number of key initiatives across multiple releases and capabilities throughout the full 5 year delivery of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s $1.5bn Core Banking program. As part of this, she managed the scope, design, delivery and implementation of a new customer offer engine which allowed the bank to redefine the way it offered products, prices and features to their customers. A core component of managing this delivery was to ensure the purpose of this new capability was clearly defined and provide strong governance to protect the systems core value. The project including the new capability that was created; won numerous awards including the PEGA global product award for banking applications.


For CBA, Barbara project managed number of key initiatives across multiple releases and capabilities throughout the full 5 year delivery of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s $1.5bn Core Banking program. As part of this, she managed the scope, design, delivery and implementation of a new customer offer engine which allowed the bank to redefine the way it offered products, prices and features to their customers. A core component of managing this delivery was to ensure the purpose of this new capability was clearly defined and provide strong governance to protect the systems core value. The project including the new capability that was created; won numerous awards including the PEGA global product award for banking applications.


As a Lead Designer, for CBA, Barbara led the design and delivery of a brand-new CBA Lending and Interest Rate Derivative Product across 8 separate project streams. She was also accountable for the budget, quality, on-time delivery and end-to-end integration across multiple technology stack’s (SAP, Multiple Channels, Integration, Group Data warehouse & a PEGA Rules Engine).


As a Lead business analyst for CBA, Barbara was responsible for delivery of the business analysis work (subject matter expertise) as well as working with upper management to define enterprise delivery processes and engagement on service and maintenance capability, for CBA first core banking release.


As lead Business Analyst at CBA, on the Personal Loans Online project creating an online origination path for personal loans and integrating to automated risk decisioning/pricing and fulfilment systems. Responsible for delivery of the business analysis work including requirement gathering, estimates, scheduling, documentation and build/test support. This system reduced the turnaround for applications from 10 days to intraday and the project won the CBA Best New Product award for that year.


As Lead designer & developer, Mercury Solutions Centre, Barbara worked with Mercury Solutions Group and CBA to deliver a number of strategic projects as either a business analyst\SME or senior designer\developer.


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