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ICW Collaborative Working Awards 2018

Thursday 13 December 2018
The House of Lords, London
Sponsored by BSI

This year's awards were attended by the largest gathering of the ICW community ever, a fact recognised by our Chairman Lord Evans in his opening address. As one of the judges he complemented all the finalists on the difficult task they present the judges. He also had the difficult task of formally saying farewell to our CEO Les Pyle who was standing down as of the end of December and welcoming Claire Ward who would be taking up the baton in the New Year. Les was presented with a portrait done by our own Nicky Painter as a memento of his many years as CEO.

Les Pyle then took to the podium to offer his perspective on his 17 years as CEO and thanked all those who had supported the development of ICW from what was largely a public sector funded initiative to a private sector focused enterprise. He identified 5 watershed moments under his watch, the Creation, development and publication of CRAFT, DTI funded research in 2005 Future Connections, The launch by BSI of BS 11000 in 2010, Change of name from PSL to ICW in 2012 and the Launch of ISO 44001 in 2017. He thanks those who had contributed to the development of ICW and wished Claire Ward and the ICW team every success.

The 2018 ICW Collaboration Awards Winners

This year we received an increased number of nominations and our thanks to BSI for their sponsorship and support together with our judging panel that had a difficult task to select the winners. The quality of submissions was high and the finalists can take comfort in the fact that there was very little to choose between them.

The winners are:-

Industry-to-Industry Award Winner: East Midlands Asset Delivery (EMAD)

EMAD is made up of 23 organisations working together to deliver industry leading network maintenance and improvements in the East Midlands. Their collaboration has developed over the last 2 years with each partner specialists in different fields supporting each other and sharing best practice. The collaboration across all organisations has driven improvements and efficiencies, delivering best value for Highways England and the road use.

Public/Private Sector Award Winner: Great Western Railway and Network Rail

In 2016 Great Western Railway and Network Rail established the Western Route Alliance which has been critical to supporting ongoing transformation, and the Railway Upgrade Plan. Their concept of ‘track and train' Alliance focused on behaviours and putting the customer at the heart of decision making is leading the way. The Alliance is seen by Department of Transport as a successful partner in delivering projects and the Alliance was recognised in consultation for the future of the franchise.

Collaborative Competence Award Winner: Collaborative Learning Circle

Collaborative Learning Circle (CLC) engages with colleagues, clients and supply chain partners to help transform the highways industry approach to improving safety, customer service and delivery through innovation and collaboration. Learning and development (L&D) is delivered through a range of e-learning modules to embed collaborative working as the industry norm. CLC also delivers exceptional social value through a partnership with OnSide Youth Zones providing life changing opportunities for disadvantaged.

Innovation Award Winner: St David's Children Society

'Adopting Together', supported by the National Adoption Service (NAS), is a unique collaboration between the Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAA) in Wales and the statutory sector in the provision of a targeted and innovative service. The project represents transformational change in the commissioning of social care that aligns with the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. The project is led by St David's Children Society supported by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Cardiff University.

Supply Chain Award Winner: A14 Integrated Delivery Team

The A14 Integrated Delivery Team (IDT) is a collaboration of organisations committed to delivering the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. The joint venture comprises Costain-Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Atkins-CH2M together with Highways England. Working collaboratively in a fully integrated team, they set out to deliver safely a world class scheme and leave positive legacy for A14 users by delivering much more than a road. The collaborative nature of the supply chain management approaches and the tangible outcomes this has created for the project, its supply chain and the wider industry. In particular the focus on behaviours the supply chain partners is really enhancing their understanding of Highways England culture and deliverables.

International Collaboration Award Winner: Bahraini Defence Force/WYG Group/MOD

Initiated as a gift from the King of Bahrain to Queen Elizabeth II, the new UK Naval Support Facility, Bahrain is the first UK naval base built east of the Suez Canal in over 50 years. It provides operational facilities, living accommodation and welfare to support naval activity in the Arabian Gulf. The collaboration between Bahraini Defence Force, UK Ministry of Defence and WYG covered the design and construction by the Bahraini Defence Force, this project is a significant milestone in the history of the Royal Navy, underpinning military capability across the broader Middle East. Working collaboratively with the hosts to provide guidance to ensure the facility was designed and built to MoD and UK standards. WYG's role, by invitation of BDF, was interlocutor between all parties within a non-contractual arrangement where trust and collaboration was key.

Environmental Enhancement Collaboration Award Winner: Broadland Environmental Services Limited

The judges wanted to recognise The Broadland Flood Alleviation Project (BFAP) which is a partnership between the Environment Agency and BAM Nuttall/Jacobs Joint venture. It was the first of its kind in delivering Flood and Coastal Risk Management through a fully collaborative framework. The team has efficiently upgraded over 240km of flood banks in 15 years safeguards 1700 properties and 24,000ha of land within the Broads National Park.

Emerging Collaborative Leader Award Winner: Caroline Dobbs RBS

As the driving force behind the RBS collaborative approach of the Project Delivery framework, transforming its capital programme and making the delivery mutually beneficial for all. Ensuring collaboration was at the heart of everything; defining new processes to seeing objectives come to fruition. The judges wanted to recognise Caroline's enthusiasm and dedication.

Collaborative Pathfinder Award Winner: Mrs Rafiga Huseynzade SOCAR

This nomination recognised the invaluable contribution made by Mrs Rafiga Huseynzade of SOCAR in developing and driving a collaborative approach that reduced waste traditionally through excessive flaring of gas, contributed to a reduction in CO2 and delivered greater volumes of gas to consumers. As such it reflects reduction of environmental impacts and national economic benefits, alongside commercial outcomes for the partners.

Chairman's Special Recognition Award Winner: Ben Cross - A14 IDT

This award is presented by the ICW Chairman goes to Ben Cross in recognition of his personal contribution to changing the face of supply chain management.

Collaborative Leadership Award Winner: Frank Lee BSI

This award was given to Frank for His contribution to the development of the Institute, His focused approach and his willingness to share his experience which has been invaluable in much that ICW has achieved and a valued member of the ICW community.


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