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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 initially established 12 Special Interest Groups 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 focussing 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

Marketing and Communications

Our Marketing and Communications SIG focuses upon supporting the ICW and its members in creating, promoting and driving engagement in what we have done, are doing or events we have planned to further promote and advocate collaborative working.

Catherine Macleod

Associate Director support: John Osborne

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

Professional Development

The Professional Development SIG is focused on attracting new, diverse and brilliant members to the ICW as well as creating an inclusive environment where members feel valued, rewarded and excited.

Jo Potter

ICW Team support: Alan Maund



Andy Green

Associate Director support: Chris Odam

Small-Medium Enterprises


Andrew Dixon

Associate Director support: John Osborne

Third Sector

The Third Sector SIG brings together inspirational leaders from local and national charities and non-profit organisations around a shared vision: to develop the way the Third Sector collaborates. Chaired by Humraaj Singh, of Caudwell Children, the SIG has brought together senior representatives from across the UK’s Third Sector and Government, who bring with them a wealth of insight and decades of experience within the third sector

Humraaj Singh

Associate Director support: David Hawkins

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

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

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.

Kevin Middleton

Associate Director support: Bill Taylor

Defence & Security

This Special Interest Group is focused on improving the effectiveness of collaborations between Government and industry to achieve better programme outcomes. We are looking for contributions into the Stakeholder Groups to ensure all interests are considered.

Tim Mowat

Associate Director support: TBA

Construction and Infrastructure


Tyrone Fletcher

Associate Director support: Paul Greenwood

ISO 44001

The objectives of this SIG are to collect and collate feedback from the marketplace, ICW member companies and ICW Branches on potential changes and recommendations based on practical application of the ISO44001standard. This group will engage with and utilise the vast experience of these ICW member companies and branches to register their thoughts for change on each section of the standard. The team will be setting up a data collection tool of frequently asked questions on the ICW website to capture and register any ideas, thoughts or suggestions – positive and negative on each section of the standard. This data will then feed into an ICW member guidance document or white paper, listing positives and possible changes or amendments to the ISO44001 standard. This will go directly to the ISO committee via Paul Greenwood and will influence the next version of the standard which currently is due in 2023.

Richard Smith

Associate Director support: Paul Greenwood


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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