The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2017

All of our finalist’s entries for the award this year were extremely deserving of recognition and demonstrated hugely inspiring qualities.

Two particular entries however, truly touched our hearts and show great hope and light in a time where our world can sometimes seem a dark place.  Both entries were equally as inspiring and so, unusually, two winners have been chosen for this year’s Mike Nichols Award.

As an individual winner, we have chosen Nurjahan Khatun founder of the I Dare U Foundation, and as a programme winner, we have chosen Khadijah Abdullah on behalf of the Education Performance and Delivery Unit in Malaysia.

We were honoured to be joined by both of our winners to accept their awards at the APM Awards Ceremony on Monday 20 November, and are so grateful for Khadijah Abdullah and her team who travelled across the globe to join us on the evening.

We look forward to learning about and celebrating those who inspire the project community and the world in 2018.


Stephen Jones shares his thoughts as the Lead Reviewer for the Hansford Review

Nichols welcomes Network Rail  CEO Mark Carne’s “Open for business” announcement and his endorsement of the Hansford Review.

Nichols was delighted to be appointed to project manage the independent Hansford Review just before Christmas last year. We immediately organised a widespread consultation during January and February, culminating in an industry breakfast seminar at the ICE in early March. The interest in the review was remarkable and reflected a huge range of third parties involved currently and wanting to get involved with funding and delivering rail infrastructure.

We organised four meetings of Peter Hansford’s panel, which maintained the pace of the review and helped to focus the consultation input towards the key recommendations for the review.

Nichols is very proud of our role making the Hansford Review happen and I would like to thank our small team – Elizabeth Baker, Louise Pengelly, Colin Britt and Shyam Patel – for their skill, intellect, flexibility and commitment to delivering a complex multi-faceted review to a successful, high quality report in five months.

We are very pleased with Network Rail’s response to the review and their endorsement of the recommendations.


Loving Variety

Frances & Kathryn Nichols

On 8 November, Frances and Kathryn Nichols presented at the MPA event on Developing the next generation of major project leaders.  Their presentation, Loving Variety, highlighted the importance of diversity and creativity in our constantly changing world, to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.


Stuart Westgate Joins Nichols as Senior Partner

Stuart Westgate, Senior Partner

Stuart Westgate has rejoined The Nichols Group after 6 years, as Senior Partner, reporting to the Board and responsible for Strategic Leadership and Business Development.  Stuart previously held senior director positions at HS2 Ltd and KPMG.

Stuart said “I am very excited to be taking on this career defining role in the UK’s leading infrastructure strategy adviser, at a time when infrastructure investment, renewal and growth are at their highest levels.”

Nichols, the pre-eminent independent boutique infrastructure consultant firm, has a long pedigree of providing strategic advice and delivery leadership to government and major infrastructure clients.

Chair of The Nichols Group board, Frances Nichols, said “Stuart is a welcome addition to our leadership team during a key period of expansion and growth.”


Discussing the differences between Programme and Portfolio Management

Chris Ctori - Nichols

Nichols Chris Ctori presented at the APM’s Programme versus Portfolio Management corporate event on 10 October.

The evening seminar explored the academic and practical differences between Programme and Portfolio Management.

Chris drew on his impressive experience, spanning over two decades, managing complex programmes from initiation through to handover and integration, highlighting the key aspects of programme management that often lead to unsuccessful outcomes if not carefully considered.

This thought provoking discussion event has opened the doors to further exciting themes including programme and portfolio complexity, cohesive leadership, collaborative behaviour, appropriate governance and constructive truth.


The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration 2017

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 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 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.