The Ambassador category of membership was introduced when the Foundation Management Board was replaced by an elected Advisory Council in March 2020. These companies form part of our corporate membership, representing a wide range of sectors in differing industries. They advocate for the ICW, representing the principles of best practice, providing experience and knowledge of collaborative working, and as such are invited to represent the institute.
Babcock International Group
As Ambassadors to the ICW, Babcock employee Richard Smith quoted a text from Henry Ford:
"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." Nothing truer can be said when we look at the dynamism of our international business and opportunities to collaborate with our customers, suppliers and stakeholders. It is all those combined relationships and the people that are at the heart of everything we do. Working with the Institute as Advisory Council Member and supporting the many special interest groups, Babcock have forged a special relationship with the ICW to promote structured collaboration, support our ESG agenda and mutual objectives.
At BAM, collaboration is fundamental to our culture and our business aims, guiding how our teams work with each other and with our clients and partners. We know that when we work together and build relationships, the unique combination of talent and knowledge that each of us brings creates a stronger team that delivers better outcomes.
BAM's mission is to leave our world a better place than we found it. That’s why collaboration is so critical to us. We want to be constantly learning as a business, working with others to improve how we plan, design and deliver our work, improving our social impact and reducing our environmental impact as we do it.
But we know that we can’t do it alone. That's why BAM employees voted to make collaboration one of our five guiding values, putting it at the very heart of our 'Building a Sustainable Tomorrow' strategy.
BAM is proud to be both a foundation member and ongoing partner of the Institute for Collaborative Working. Our partnership with the ICW has provided an invaluable opportunity to share knowledge and best practice with affiliates across many different sectors, including outside our own - such as public and charity sectors. The ICW's work is proving instrumental in ensuring that best practice, lessons learned and the Construction Playbook's guidelines receive the maximum exposure. We look forward to continuing our partnership so many more will realise the benefits of collaboration and build a sustainable future.
Following the completion of a Geography BSc and then a MSc in Environmental Health and Safety Management, Simon began his career within the utility sector working for Hyder Green Energy supporting new green energy developments with SHEQ management systems, moving then into the water sector working firstly for Untied Utilities followed by Welsh Water supporting with the development and implementation of management systems to support legal compliance within the SHEQ space. Simon then joined BSI in 2005 as a client manager progressing through multiple roles specialising in Greenhouse Gas Verification developing a verification scheme for the aviation sector before moving into general management roles. Simon now feels extremely privileged to have the opportunity to lead the BSI UK&I Operations & System Certification business working collaboratively with our field and office teams in developing and delivering our system certification assurance services.
Simon is married and has 2 boys Joshua (18) and Joel (15), life is busy at the moment with Joshua starting his medicine degree at the University of Liverpool and Joel starting his last year in school, to relax as a family they love to go on holiday and take part in an annual winter sports holiday.
EMCOR Group (UK) plc
"We are a purposeful-led business with an unwavering focus on creating a better world at work for everyone. For our customers, employees, for our partners and supply chains; we strive to have a positive impact on the end users of the facilities environments we manage and the wider communities we operate in. Our motivation as a modern, forward-thinking organisation is to build a sustainable legacy, supporting local value and economies. Structured Collaboration has proved to be a crucial ingredient in the unique mix of resources, people and process we use to co-create transformative game changing service solutions, deliver sustainable economic and social value, and move forwards on the path to achieving our Global Goals.
"Our people at every level in our business understand that collaboration is the best way of working with others. It's quite simply how we do things. Meeting and exceeding the International Standards for collaborative working (ISO44001) provides the guiding principles, framework structure and collaborative approach that underpins our day-to-day practices – however it's become so much more than that. We use collaboration to nurture strong working relationships and partnerships; we believe that together we are better, so we bring out the very best in our people and others. Working effectively means we can (and do) make a real difference. Every day through our professional service teams we are demonstrating that effective collaboration is a powerful tool that enables everyone to achieve more; together we are creating a better world at work."
"I have been in the Procurement and Commercial functions for over 35 years, and throughout this time I have placed a high value on the importance of relationships and getting to know my customers and suppliers, indeed all internal and external stakeholders alike, and this approach has enabled the delivery of many successful projects across diverse market sectors in some extremely challenging situations. The need for, and ability to, work in a genuinely open and collaborative manner, in particular given the increasingly complex opportunities, has never been more important than it is today, and for me understanding all stakeholders requirements, getting to know their objectives and building sustainable relationships is key. That said, we cannot underestimate how building sustainable relationships supports and enhances our business outcomes by understanding our risks, strengthening our joint resilience to challenges, fostering innovation, improving programme outcomes and delivering enhanced benefits for the long term.
"The Institute provides a vital link and resource centre for not only those individuals and companies adopting a collaborative approach for the first time, but also for those of us that have been working collaboratively for some years. There is always more to learn and the willingness of the Institute and its members to share information and best practice is second to none, their ability to offer interventions and advice tailored to the situation at hand is very much appreciated. As I look to the future I see continued benefit of being a member of an organisation that not only promotes and supports collaboration but also adapts to the business environment in which we operate."
"Collaboration is extremely important to me, both personally and professionally. My natural preference is to work with others, and I have been lucky enough in my career to work this way and show others the benefits of such an approach.
"Our business relies on an ecosystem of partners and suppliers working together to help NATS deliver its business objectives. The ICW has been key in us setting up this ecosystem and helping our partners and suppliers see the value of working collaboratively.
"Being part of the ICW and the NATS ambassador allows me to promote across my network and the wider industry."