On 1st August 2021, Dave Macdonald will be handing on the baton for the continuing development of ICW in Australasia. Since the initial meeting in London between ICW (UK) and Dave back in 2014, Dave took on the mantle to establish ICW in both New Zealand and Australia, and since then has had a leading role with ICW (UK) in the development and implementation of collaborative working both corporately and individually in New Zealand and Australia. Dave is a great advocate for collaborative working and has taken an active role in ICW's thought leadership, which was one of the reasons Dave was drawn to ICW.
Through his energy and enthusiasm he established an ICW footprint in both New Zealand and Australia. Leading the charge he was responsible for achieving the first certification to ISO 44001 in the Southern hemisphere, and with our friends at Downer in New Zealand, also developing and delivering the first ICW training courses in that part of the world. Both Bill Taylor and David Hawkins have worked with Dave and his ICW team in supporting their activities.
Despite the time difference Dave never appeared without a smile at the many early morning or late night meetings that have taken place over the years.
Dave has decided it is the right time to hand over the baton to others to take ICW - in both New Zealand and Australia - to the next level. Chris Olson and Erik Barnes are taking up the baton for ICW New Zealand, and Brett Ackroyd is doing so in Australia. They are all looking forward to building on Dave's legacy and taking them forward to the next level.
Brett will be working closely with ICWNZ team while he builds his ICW Australia team.
Dave is not going to disappear entirely - he will still be championing his passion for collaboration wherever he is needed.
David Hawkins, Chief Operating Officer ICW (UK), commented that ICW would like to pay tribute to Dave and thank him for all his hard work in supporting and promoting collaborative working under the banner of ICW in both Australia and New Zealand.