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ICW Collaborative Working Awards 2016

Thursday 8 December 2016
House of Lords, London
Sponsored by BSI

The Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) Collaborative Working Awards event took place at the House of Lords on Thursday 8th December sponsored by BSI, hosted by the ICW Chairman Lord Evans of Watford, introduced by the ICW CEO Les Pyle.

The awards process involved submissions for 6 categories, short listed by BSI to 3 for each. A team of judges comprising Frank Lee from BSI, Mehmet Chakkol from Warwick University Business School and Lord Evans the ICW Chairman met representatives for each of those short listed to dig into the details of their submission in order to decide on the winning entries. In all there were 9 awards presented by the judges.

The 2016 ICW Awards reflects the growing focus on collaborative working with more than double the number of registrations for the inaugural celebration last year. Since its inception in 1990 the Institute has focused on the identification and dissemination of good practice in the field of Collaborative Working. This year's Awards certainly brought forward a wide spectrum of submissions providing a significant challenge to our judges.

The publication of the world's first national standard for collaborative working, BS 11000, created a benchmark for both Government and Industry. Certification to the Standard is a notable accolade which many organisations have achieved and to which many more aspire. This year the Institute is proud to announce that the final draft of ISO 44001 has received its approval and will be published early in 2017. This development has been the result of a significant contribution from the ICW community alongside an international committee. So we will be looking forward to next year's awards embracing an even wider International community of practice.

As part of the ongoing drive for Collaborative Working to be recognised as a professional business discipline the Institute has expanded the approach to Collaborative Working capability development through an individual membership scheme and a growing portfolio of training offerings including the launch of an MSc module in Collaborative Leadership and working is progressing towards an Post Graduate Diploma in 2017. As these initiatives move forward the Institute has been able to witness and evaluate many examples of collaborative excellence. These include individual organisations that have been pathfinders for industrial, collaborative relationships where partners have fully realised the benefits of working together and individuals who have been innovators / evangelists for Collaborative Working.

The Institute believes that there should be further recognition for these outstanding performances through our Collaborative Working Awards Programme.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has been working alongside the Institute since 2005. We are delighted that once again BSI is jointly sponsoring the Awards with the Institute and providing professional support for the evaluation and recommendations.

We congratulate all those who submitted and hope that whilst there can only be one winner for each category they will all take pride in their efforts and look towards next year's awards.

The 2016 ICW Collaboration Awards Winners

The winners are:-

Collaborative Pathfinder Award

For an Organisation that showed both leadership and innovation in promoting and harnessing collaborative working approaches within its sector.

Siemens with BAM Nuttall. The judges considered the unique relationship between Siemens/Bam two very different industries to provide significant value to their customer SSE merited this award.

Public/Private Sector

For an outstanding Public Private Partnership relationship that had demonstrated exceptional performance and benefits realisation, through the effective use of collaboration.

Leeds City Council with Carillion. The judges recognised the value of the 10 year relationship, which has delivered a number of significant programmes to the benefit of the residents of Leeds.

Industry to industry Collaboration

For Collaboration between two or more industry partners representing an outstanding relationship that demonstrably highlighted the benefits of collaboration.

The Kier Highways Alliance for their unique engagement model with their multiple industry partners.

Collaborative Skills Development

For an Organisation that implemented development and training to build collaborative skills as part of its people development.

Emcor UK for their fully integrated approach from recruitment through to executive development

Innovative Collaboration

Recognising innovative approaches to collaborative working, within Public / Private sectors or Academia, demonstrated by either an individual or Organisation.

BAe Systems with Emcor UK for their joint approach to supporting UK defence aerospace capability.

Supply Chain

Recognising where supply chain partners have engaged with and contributed to enhanced ways of working.

Kier Alliance Partners. The judges recognised that whilst this initiative was instigated by Kier its contractors had the courage and enthusiasm to participate. We hope to see more such collaborations in the future.

Collaborative Leader

For an individual that showed leadership and innovation in the development of collaborative working approaches.

Simon Kirby of Hs2. In his previous role heading up Network Rail Infrastructure Projects Simon spearheaded the introduction of BS 11000 in the Rail industry through challenging both Network Rail and their industry partners to adopt greater collaboration. More recently he has continued this in his work at HS2, who I am delighted to hear, have now joined the ICW Executive Network. Simon's individual contribution to promoting Collaborative Working and supporting the aims of the Institute has been unwavering.

Emerging Collaborative Leader

Recognising future talent that will provide the next generation of leadership.

Naomi Redman of Skanska. As we look to the future for Collaborative Working and the role of the Institute we have to increase our focus on developing capabilities to harness the true value of collaborative working and support the next generation of collaborative leaders. We began these awards by recognising a leader of today and are delighted to present this award to an emerging leader for tomorrow.

Chairman's Special Recognition Award

This award is presented by the ICW Chairman for a submission that warranted recognition out with the existing categories.

D B Cargo. This year's submissions presented even more challenges than previously to choose between those organisations that have moved the cause of collaboration forward. There has to be winners but one particular submission caught the judge's eye - The chairman of the Awards judging panel has the prerogative to make this special award to D B Cargo for their innovative work in collaborative skills development.

BS 11000

A further 4 x BS 11000 certificates were also presented to the growing BS 11000 accredited community: Abellio / Scot Rail; Govia / Thameslink Rail; Harris Critical Networks; TXM Plant.

ISO 44001

The proceedings concluded with the formal announcement by David Hawkins of ICW and Frank Lee of BSI for the International Standard for 

Collaborative Working designated as ISO 44001 based on the principles embodied in BS 11000.

Announcing the standard, ICW described the journey which started with the CRAFT methodology first launched in 2003 which established a systematic approach to collaboration, from strategic concept through to exiting from the business relationships. This led to discussion with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and publication of PAS 11000 in 2006 followed by the launch of the world's first national standard - BS 11000 in 2010. Over the past 10 years ICW continued to work with its membership community for independent validation.

Since 2013 ICW has orchestrated discussions with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and has achieved agreement between 12 countries within America, Europe and Asia for the final draft that has now been accepted with ISO 44001 to be officially published in by the International Standards Organisation, Geneva early in 2017.

ISO 44001 covers a wide range of aspects and includes a number of processes designed to improve engagement and risk management, underpin effectiveness, raise rates of efficiency, enhance skills and build sustainable relationships.


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