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Joint Venture Promotes ‘Fairer’ World

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3 November 2015

Costain and ABC Electrification, a Costain, Alstom and Babcock joint venture, are sponsoring an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Wales Cymru lecture which aims to show how companies can benefit from improved work practices that promote inclusivity, fairness and respect.

Chaired by Joyce Watson AM, Chair of the All Party Group on Construction, the event will take place at the University of Cardiff on November 5. Guest speakers include Cath Schefer, UK Managing Director, MWH; Professor David Kennedy, Deputy Director of the Cardiff School of Engineering and Professor of Structural Engineering, Cardiff University; Alan Davies, Business Executive, Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd and Dawn Turner, Head of Pension Fund Management, Environment Agency.

With welcome introductions from David Rowlands, Chair ICE Wales Cymru and supported by Cynnal Cymru (Sustain Wales), the event will hear presentations from the panel on how issues of respect, fairness and inclusion are being addressed within their respective organisations and how they intend to deal with the opportunities and issues presented by a diverse workforce.

“The most effective teams are the most inclusive, but how do you create an environment where everyone feels they are a key part of the organisation? This ICE lecture draws on the knowledge and experience of academia, client, contractor and design organisations to share best practise on how they have embedded fairness, inclusion and respect and how we can learn from their experiences,” said Lilli Craemer, Chair of the ICE Wales Cymru Fairness, Inclusion and Respect Committee Group and Costain Construction Agent working on the M4 Corridor around Newport in Wales.

Catherine Warbrick, Costain’s Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility Director, added: “We believe a fairer, more inclusive and respectful workforce is more competitive and more productive. Greater diversity can help us to be more responsive to our customers’ needs, whether it’s in driving innovation, expanding our knowledge base or developing our skills, which are all vital to the long-term success of our business.”

Keith Jones, Director ICE Wales Cymru, said he is delighted to have an opportunity to share best practice in relation to fairness, inclusion and respect issues. He added: “At ICE we are keen to break down the barriers to employment.”

The event is being co-sponsored by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Atkins and the Welsh Government.

Date: 5 November 2015

Time: 17.30 – 19.30

Venue: Trevithick Lecture Theatre (T2/09), Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff CF24 3AA

If you’re unable to attend in person, the lecture will be livestreamed to a local venue in the following regions. Click on your region to book your place today.

North East

North West

South West

Yorkshire and Humber

The event requires online registration. For more information and to register for a MyICE account, please click on the link below:

ICE Lecture Wales: Breaking Down the Barriers


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