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To support people, organisations and business to understand the value of collaboration and the benefits achieved through collaborative working.

Special Interest Groups

ICW has established 8 Special Interest Groups (2 of which - Professional Development and Strategic Marketing & Communications - have evolved into pro-active teams) to share and develop topics that are of key interest to its members.

The Groups are a way to be involved in the life of the Institute and help it move forward with thought leadership and practical experience drawn from its members.

Currently groups are focusing on driving internal changes to enhance members' benefits, increasing the focus on people skills, future of Collaboration and also how best to engage with the SME community. A full list of the current groups and their SIG Lead follows.

Membership of these groups is open to all. If you wish to join any of these groups please contact Alan Maund at the ICW office and he will get the SIG lead to contact you to discuss the matter and membership further.

List of Members

Collaborative Behaviours and Challenges

The Collaborative Behaviours and Challenges Special Interest Group (SIG) focuses on understanding the barriers and challenges to promoting effective collaboration, and supports leaders and individuals to steer effective collaboration within their organisations to embed and sustain relevant behaviours in their collaborative culture.

Sarah Vanderheide

Associate Director support: Leigh Lawry

Collaborative Leadership

The Collaborative Leaders SIG aims to support the purpose and vision of the ICW through the understanding and development of collaborative leadership. They focus on developing and promoting collaborative leadership to enhance value creation created by collaborative relationships for the benefit of all parties.

Stephen Blakey

Associate Director support: Bill Taylor

Public Procurement

Collaboration in public procurement is gaining increasing importance and recognition due to the perceived benefits gained. The ICW has a role to play in positively influencing government thinking and supporting effective implementation of collaborative working within public procurement. The SIG aims to gather members' views and provide representation to help shape public procurement and realise more beneficial collaborative working.

Valerie Elliott

Associate Director support: Bill Taylor

Social Value (formerly Third Sector)


Michelle Lawrence

Associate Director support: Alan Maund

Structured Collaboration

Richard Smith

Associate Director support: Paul Greenwood

Thought Leadership

Brings together an expert group of our members, including leaders, academics and seasoned practitioners; to focus on how collaborative working, its thinking and practice, should and can evolve to meet existing, emerging and new challenges. Its key aim is to promote and advocate collaborative working, to increase interest and demand by highlighting its full potential and extensive range of benefits.

Richard Holm

Associate Director support: Adrian Miller


We have set up forums - one for each Special Interest Group, which ICW Executive Network, Members and Associates can join and discuss their area of interest. Details can be found in the Members Hub (available only to ICW Executive Network, Members and Associates).

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