The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration finalists are announced

Thank you to all those who entered, all of the applications were inspirational and we would like to congratulate all those who applied or were nominated on their superb successes and achievements.

The winner will be announced at the APM Awards on 26 November 2018.  Click here to view the finalists.


Stay put and make a scene

Nichols Lisa Hogben has carried out a micro-research project examining the different reactions of men and women to negative behaviours in the construction industry workplace.

Using the information gathered through her research, Lisa has written an article to encourage women to speak up, rather than move on.

Her article has received wonderful feedback and has been shared widely throughout the industry.  To read it, click here.


ORR publish a review on Network Rail’s future plans for the UK rail network

Nichols welcomes ORR’s recent publication of its Draft Determination on Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (2019-2024) plans for the operation, maintenance and renewal of the UK rail network in England & Wales and Scotland.  This key milestone in the Periodic Review 2018 process represents the ORR’s initial view on Network Rail’s plans.

Nichols has supported in this review by providing independent assurance advice on significant elements of Network Rail’s plans.  This has included the System Operator’s capital investment controls and processes, the Strategic Business Planning process, assessing the deliverability of plans and assessing efficiencies plans.

Stephen Jones, Nichols Independent Reporter commented: “We are pleased to have been involved in this review by providing our responsive, independent and highly experienced assurance capability that has challenged and improved the approach of Network Rail and ORR to achieve a more efficient and effective outcome for the UK’s rail network.  We are proud of our contribution and we look forward to the successful conclusion of the Periodic Review 2018 process.”


The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2018

We are delighted to announce that nominations have opened for this year’s Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration.

This award celebrates the legacy of our founder and guiding star, Mike Nichols – recognising inspirational individuals, projects, programmes and organisations, and their contribution to successful transformational change for the world and society. The award will be presented at the APM awards ceremony in November.

We very much look forward to reading your entries and learning about what has inspired you in the past year. Please click here for further details and nomination forms.



Nichols support the Department for Transport by managing market soundings for rail links to Heathrow

Department of Transport - Marketing Sounding

On 24 May Nichols hosted a market sounding launch event for a new Southern Rail link to Heathrow on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

The DfT are seeking engagement from the private sector in development and delivery of this project.  The 180 guests including potential financiers, private promoters, local authorities, legal advisors and contractors received a keynote address from The Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Honourable Chris Grayling MP and presentations from Liz Baker and Stephen Jones of Nichols.

This opportunity is still at conceptual stage and the market sounding exercise is expected to establish the level of interest and capability the private sector has to progress the project.  This is the first project to make use of the recently released DfT Rail Market-Led Proposals Guidance.  Building on recommendations generated by the Hansford Review, Nichols is delighted to be helping the DfT take forward this opportunity as a ‘Pathfinder’ to test new ways of developing projects.

In addition to hosting this event, Nichols are managing a sounding for the Western Rail link to Heathrow, aiming to harness the expertise of investors and local partners regarding the feasibility of delivery through a Public Private Partnership.


Nichols Report on Complex Rail Programmes

Nichols welcomes ORRs publication of its Network Rail Monitor on 4 December 2017, which includes reference to our recent review report on Complex Rail Programmes.  Grant Biggam the Nichols Lead Reporter for this review sets the context for the Nichols Report.

“Nichols was engaged by ORR and Network Rail as an Independent Reporter in June 2017 to review the improvements made by Network Rail in its management of complex programmes involving major timetable change.  We reviewed six representative programmes using a best practice framework for complex programmes developed by Nichols in 2014 for a previous review.

Published by ORR yesterday, our review identifies that improvements have been made by Network Rail since 2015 and areas that can be developed further towards good practice.  Network Rail work closely with the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland to develop and deliver these complex programmes.

We are very pleased with the response to our Report from ORR, DfT, Transport Scotland and Network Rail, and are proud to have delivered another complex multi-stakeholder review to a high quality in a short timescales.”

To read the review please click here.