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  • 24 Mar 2023 2:36 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    We are proud to announce that GRAHAM Group, specialists in Building, Civil Engineering, Interior Fit-Out, Facilities Management and Investments, has become the latest organisation to join our prestigious group of Ambassadors.

    Stepping up from ICW’s Executive Network, GRAHAM Group has already been recognised with a number of ICW Collaborative Awards with their commitment to being at the leading edge of collaboration and in providing the highest quality of service and safety to their clients and communities. In its new role as Ambassador we look forward to the many collaborative opportunities and mutual benefits that lie ahead.

    ICW Chairman Lord Evans was delighted to welcome GRAHAM’s Chairman Michael Graham, and Head of Integrated Management Systems Denis Leonard, at the House of Lords this Thursday to recognise and congratulate them on their new role and to thank them for their unwavering support over many years.

  • 21 Mar 2023 5:22 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    Our Annual Associate Directors Seminar, held at Warwick University - one of our longest-standing academia partners - was a great success, covering many important and topical subjects. The seminar's main focus was building the 'Institute of Tomorrow', working Collaboratively with a select number of key stakeholders being the positive way to do this. Our new vision and mission were key elements in our discussions, as well as how structured collaboration addresses the challenges we face today.

    Being a member-focused organisation, we also looked at how we add value to our members, both in terms of what we do now and what we can do going forwards. Professor Paul Connor joined in the discussion, detailing how he is helping us build our new communication and Marketing strategy.

  • 10 Mar 2023 9:13 AM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    The ICW will be starting a series of events in 2023. These events will focus on sharing knowledge and experience on all things collaboration. They will be a mix of informal online ‘share and learn’ sessions, more formal webinar activities, and we will be reintroducing our in-person events later in the year. The in-person events will be on the road too, and we are looking to hold events not only in London but also in Leeds and Cardiff.

    The events will be for our members, and their guests, to ensure a wider understanding of the benefits of collaboration, and how collaboration and collaborative working can make a real difference.

    We are delighted to announce that Jill Clancy FICW, Associate Director of ICW, has taken up the role of Collaborative Events Leader. She will be organising these events and making sure they run smoothly - certainly a challenge but one that she is eager to take on having really benefited from ICW events in the past.

    We aim to meet as many of our members’ requirements as possible, so the events will cover a variety of topics. Some events will be single topic, while others may focus on a particular sector or link topics to ensure a wider view. We will aim to share learning and experiences of the journey people have taken to successful collaboration, and on some very specific areas that members want to know more about. We will ensure that the events are in line with the ICW’s 4 key strategic aims: Social Value, Sustainability, EDI and Better Commercial Outcomes.

  • 8 Mar 2023 1:00 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    Stephen Blakey FRICS, FCInstCES, FICW, Commercial Projects Director at Network Rail,
    Frank Lee FICW, CEO at ICW

    We had great pleasure in welcoming ICW Ambassador company Network Rail's Commercial Projects Director Stephen Blakey to the ICW offices at Evergreen House this week. Stephen is a leading advocate of collaboration in business, and a real supporter of the work we do at the Institute to promote the wider adoption of structured collaboration. It was great to learn from Stephen how initiatives that the Institute is deploying can support Network Rail's strategy, and help ensure the projects that they are undertaking provide maximum value to their stakeholders. We found it very valuable getting his thoughts and inputs into our plans for ensuring ICW membership continues to be a clear differentiator for our members at the leading edge of collaborative working. We really look forward to working with him on this going forward.

  • 1 Mar 2023 10:43 AM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    On Thursday 23rd February I had the privilege of joining our Ambassador member Leidos at their 'Coronation Showcase' at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. The event celebrated the contribution of Small and Medium Enterprises to the Coronation of HM King Charles III.

    It was inspiring to learn about the contribution of 'Team Leidos', as well as all the supply chain contractors, on how they pulled out all the stops to support the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II. It was also great to have the opportunity to discuss with Leidos' Ambassador representative Angela Crabtree, and colleague Robert McNeill, our visions for the future. In particular, how we believe ICW and structured collaboration can support organisations such as Leidos in achieving their goals and to see how closely our vision aligns with their thinking.

  • 28 Feb 2023 3:41 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    ICW CEO Frank Lee, and Membership Services Director Adrian Miller spent the day with ICW Ambassador member Babcock at Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard recently. This provided a rare and invaluable opportunity for them to explore with Babcock's expert team how ICW can continue to support them in delivering a first-class service to their customers, and in addressing and realising their challenges and opportunities ahead.

    Babcock are delivering high-value, technical and engineering support for ships and submarines at Devonport, to help keep the UK safe and secure. ICW is immensely proud to have Babcock as one of our Ambassador members, in the knowledge that our key objectives of using structured collaboration to provide better commercial outcomes, helping address climate change and other sustainability objectives, delivering social value, and creating a more diverse and inclusive world resonate with Babcock and support their business values and aims.

  • 24 Feb 2023 4:01 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    Our tutor Leigh Lawry delivered the course to 5 delegates: James Sippl of Frequentis, who travelled from Vienna, Austria, Michelle Mortlock from Mott MacDonald based in Glasgow, Anna Norgett of Atos London, Jared Tovee of Volkerwessels in Hoddesdon, and Paul Farrow, a consultant from P3A based in Wigan.

    The 4-day course consists of lectures and a written exam (which is also the entrance exam for the Institute), a presentation to the group of a case study, demonstrating where the implementation of the principles of ISO 44001 did or would have made a difference to the project.

    Dr Paul Connor, a lecturer at Warwick University, is the adjudicator for the written exam, which is marked to the exacting standards of the University.

    If you would like to know more about the course and what it covers, or more information about becoming a member of ICW - which gives you the post nominals MICW after your name - please visit our Training section or contact Alan Maund at the ICW office.

    This could be the next step in you collaboration journey!
  • 16 Feb 2023 3:37 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    It was great to welcome Martin Duffy, Chief Executive of the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), to ICW's offices in London today.

    This was an excellent opportunity for our new CEO Frank Lee to get Martin's input into our new and ongoing initiatives. These will help ICW members demonstrate to key Service and Infrastructure providers how they are going beyond compliance to deliver innovative, additional value through effective structured collaboration that delivers effectively for communities and supports the achievement of sustainability goals.

    Frank said, "Martin's input will be of enormous value to ICW's Members, and I look forward to forging stronger relationships with LCRIG and other key players in the highways sector." Frank and Martin then met with ICW's Chairman Lord David Evans for further discussions.

  • 14 Feb 2023 10:34 AM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    Introducing ICW's new Chief Executive Officer, Frank Lee

    Frank took up the role of Chief Executive Officer of ICW at the start of 2023 following 32 years at BSI. During that time he held a number of roles including regional Director for the Northern European region, EMEA Compliance & Risk Director, and UK&I product Certification Director. While at BSI Frank was key in developing the ISO 44001 Certification Scheme.

    He has been a fellow of the institute since 2014 and was the Collaborative Leader of the Year in 2018.

    Frank brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ICW and is a recognised expert in the field of Integrated management systems and in integrating the 8-stage model for collaboration into the ISO standard HLS structure.

    We are pleased to have Frank as part of the ICW family and look forward to his continued proven leadership in this new role.

  • 9 Feb 2023 3:51 PM | Adrian Wright (Administrator)

    How can we build a collaborative culture - Babcock graduates rise to the (video) challenge!

    Graduates at Babcock International were set the challenge of producing a video, for internal use, to show the benefits of internal collaboration. ICW has been given permission to share this video, "How can we build a collaborative culture", with our members and visitors.


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