SECBE Leaders In Construction have the knowledge and insights to help you and your organisation quickly and effectively improve leadership to achieve outstanding results.

We all know great leadership is critical to every organisation and project, but what enables and what undermines effective leadership in construction? What separates managers from leaders? How do great leaders consistently create great environments where their team understand and commit to the leader’s goal to mutual benefit? 

Effective leadership requires the constant development of individuals if they are to perform to their highest ability. SECBE Leaders in Construction have a strong track record in leadership and people development, including its collaborative creation and delivery of CoTrain, a shared apprenticeship scheme that takes an innovative approach to the early advancement of trade and technical staff.

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The following section gives insights on Client Leadership and Leadership & People Development from the Constructing Excellence SECBE awards that have grown 20% year-on-year…

Client of the Year 2018 - ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency)

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have used their influence to stimulate change. They recruited a whole team to drive forward their build programme using Modern Methods of Construction and provide clear pre-construction and project delivery leadership, a consistent approach and continuity on strategic solutions and procurement matters.   Working collaboratively with the supply chain they explore and innovate and have developed a progressive and effective feedback loop...Read more

Client of the Year 2017 - The University of Winchester 

Ridge & Partners nominated the University of Winchester for their willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ in the way they treat their students, staff, suppliers, neighbours, wider community groups and procurement partners. The University transfers its strong corporate ideals through effective leadership, consultation and collaboration. It’s refreshing to see a relatively small client team pushing the boundaries and achieving such exceptional impact. Read more...Read more

Client of the Year 2016 - Peabody Trust - Property Services 

Peabody Trust Property Services has taken a strategic partnering approach because it delivers excellent service and best value for their residents.  Setting out clear objectives, Peabody has entered into four, 10 year, single contractor partnerships and developed collaborative teams that really care about what they are doing.  Their considered move into longer-term relationships is providing Peabody and its supply chain with both quantifiable and intangible benefits, and complaints from residents have “dropped like a stone”...Read more

Client of the Year 2015 - Heathrow Airports Limited

Heathrow has played a leading role in the progressive development of the UK Construction industry and the way it does business. Born from decades of working in a highly competitive global industry, Heathrow has to meet challenging value improvement and efficient targets. Really driving process improvements and working closely with their supply chain they are achieving world class outcomes and best value in all areas, to the mutual benefit of all partners. Read more

Client of the Year 2014 - Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice Estate Directorate leads the way across the public sector as an intelligent client. Active involvement and the use of a ‘continuous improvement value model’ enables its partners and supply chain to improve and develop, and to be rewarded for excellence. This fosters a culture of high performance, delivering projects on time and to high standards, and importantly helps to drive down costs to meet and exceed government reduction targets. Read more

Client of the Year 2013 - The University of Reading

The University of Reading Projects Team drives and nurtures best practice throughout their supply chain because they understand how important enlightened client leadership contributes to the success of challenging build programmes. They have a very structured way of working that enabled them to deliver over £300M of capital projects across their Whiteknights and London Road campuses with no impact upon the day-to-day operations of a busy University. Read more

Client of the year – Winner 2012 - London and Quadrant Housing Trust

A clear and structured plan, together with a confident approach won a significant amount of work for L & Q and its supply chain to manager and deliver. The project aimed to deliver Decent Homes works to 2,500 properties and an extensive programme of major repairs and environmental improvements to 3,600 homes. Their commitment to partnering has brought huge benefits through collaborative working and is enabling the team to continue to deliver a £69 million programme to exacting standards.Read more

People Development 2018 - Playle & Partners LLP

A high level of investment in training per employee has resulted in a successful business for Playle & Partners’ who are challenged to compete against large scale multi-national companies for talent.  As a consultancy with 4 partners and 35 members of staff across 4 locations, people are at the very heart of their business.  The team has had to come up with some innovative ways to attract and retain the best qualified people with sought-after expertise... Read more

People Development 2017 - R&W Civil Engineering

R&W undertake major civil engineering, groundworks, structural and drainage projects and are regularly seen working on highways across the south of England. During a period of accelerated growth, they have developed and maintained a ‘Bananarama’ approach “it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!”.  Upholding this company ethos, the business has successfully managed to create an inclusive, caring environment which has resulted in a loyal and motivated workforce. Read more...Read more

Leadership & People Development 2016 - Lift & Engineering Services Ltd

Lift and Engineering Services has a strategy for developing a diverse workforce at the very core of their business. They recognise that the key to great customer service and business growth is held by staff who are enabled and developed to the best of their ability.  This approach, and the structure to support, gives them scope to increase capacity through the employment of staff with no previous construction industry experience but a ‘can do’ attitude...Read more

Leadership & People Development 2015 - Evolution5

This is a small company with a serious commitment to developing their staff and reinvesting profits to develop the business. They have a responsive, innovative and flexible approach and commitment to share their knowledge and the lessons they learn. An interesting ‘5 star’ philosophy has provided the foundation of focused leadership resulting in the achievement of impressive goals. Read more

Leadership & People Development 2013 & 2014 - O’Donovan Waste Disposal 

This family run waste management business is a beacon for leadership in its sector and across London. Sharing learning and best practice across the industry O’Donovan goes above and beyond legal compliance to achieve excellence in its field.
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Leadership & People Development 2012 - Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering Academy 

At the core of Balfour Beatty’s strategy is the desire to develop a diverse team of leaders collaborating with highly skilled teams of managers and staff. Through their Academy they are creating opportunities for personal, professional and technical progression. Their clear objectives have led to measurable long-term improvements in business performance. Read more

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