The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration finalists are announced

Thank you to all those who entered, every application was truly inspiring and we would like to congratulate all those who applied or were nominated on their outstanding successes and achievements.

The winner will be announced at the APM Awards on 18 November 2019. Click here to view the finalists.


The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2019

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 – 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.



Embracing diversity

Earlier this month Nichols Lisa Hogben presented at the Embracing Diversity Event hosted by the Major Projects Association. Many insightful and inspiring topics were touched on during the event, including discussions about why we should resist the temptation to recruit and promote people who remind us of ourselves.

At Nichols, loving variety is something we hold close to our hearts. We are proud to have such strong and passionate people within our business family who are keen to share this message with the wider community.


Frances and Kathryn speak to Emily Ashwell, New Civil Engineer

Frances & Kathryn Nichols

Frances and Kathryn Nichols were delighted to speak to Emily Ashwell from the New Civil Engineer earlier this month about the history of Nichols, what sets it apart and the vision for the future.

In this thought-provoking article, they touch on the origins of the business, as well as communicating the importance of values, creativity, diversity and inclusion to business life.

Having spoken at an International Women’s Day event just a few days earlier, this article is a timely display of Nichols passion to create balance, and promote and celebrate diversity in society.

Click here to read the article in full.


Control is simply not enough

Nichols Neil McCrimmon has written a thought piece about the challenges of running successful programmes. The article provides an insight into the importance of using influence and control as a programme manager, and with this in mind, offers considerations on how to best achieve the goals of the programme.

His article has been posted on the APM website. To read it, click here.


Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2018

We are hugely grateful to this year’s finalists, all of whom demonstrated such inspiring qualities and are each extremely deserving of recognition.

We found one entry in particular, truly inspiring and heart warming; displaying tremendous skill, commitment and passion to their cause. 

The 2018 Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration was presented to the Cumbria Infrastructure Recovery Programme, run by Cumbria City Council and Mott Macdonald. The programme helped to rebuild Cumbria following the havoc caused by ‘Storm Desmond’ back in 2015, capturing hearts and minds alike in the process. We were very impressed with their collaborative approach to create a ‘delivery community’, which will leave a positive legacy for future generations.

We look forward to hearing about and celebrating those who inspire the project community and the world in 2019.