Project Delivery Team of the Year Award +
Calder Valley Collaborative Delivery Team, Environment Agency
This award submission is for the Calder Collaborative Delivery Team (CDT) delivering the £250M programme of flood defence projects in the Calder Valley (18 schemes, spanning 26 miles). The team’s successful public and stakeholder engagement has led to excellent partnerships and the team’s success delivering social value enhancements internationally recognised by Mytholmroyd receiving the Landscape Institute International Awards 2022 - Excellence in Flood and Water Management. The team seeks opportunities to accelerate, and positively challenge process to achieve results fast, demonstrated by the delivery of early works opportunities. The new solution is a true partnership scheme, with the Council, community and EA all leading on different elements. The urban nature along the river results in limited space to deliver river BNG, so an innovative, collaborative research project was undertaken to address this programme risk. The result is confidence that the required river BNG units can be delivered with surplus to support the future pipeline of works & reducing carbon output. The team worked with residents, local volunteer groups and Calderdale Council, demonstrating a truly collaborative approach to finding a solution. A safe psychological environment was created that resulted in a new energy and bolder ideas.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Scottish Devolution Programme, DWP
This Programme, working together with colleagues in the Scottish Government, has developed solutions to safely and securely transfer Scottish benefit claims across many different benefit lines. Failure would mean vulnerable people falling out of payment – a potentially catastrophic outcome. DWP and the Scottish Government have built a strong, effective relationship and have worked tirelessly towards transferring the benefit claims of almost 700,000 people safely and securely in Scotland. Working across two governments has brought its own unique set of challenges, involving political challenges, technological and business processes, policy differences and the protection of customer data. This programme needed careful engagement with stakeholders, including local authorities, the Scotland Office and the Cabinet Office. Both organisations developed shared solutions to transfer from DWP’s long-established benefit system to the Scottish Government's “built from the ground up” service. The team established processes and systems to meet deadlines, share data requirements, transfer customer data, tackle technical issues, solve problems and communicate with customers. 40,000 young people have seen their Disability Living Allowance claims transfer safely and securely to Social Security Scotland.
The Good Governance Fund Ukraine core team, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
The Good Governance Fund (GGF) Ukraine (governance and economic) programme became fully post led in April 2022, weeks after the full-scale invasion. This highly professional team dug deep to adapt the programme at pace to respond to the Government’s post war priorities to help Ukraine in its hour of need. This significant shift in the operating context necessitated a swift reconfiguration of the planned GGF portfolio to ensure that the immediate priority needs of the Government of Ukraine (GoU) were accommodated, and that only projects that the GoU would have the bandwidth to support were initially delivered.They went above and beyond, covering colleague's work, calling the Ukrainian staff of the British Embassy to check on their welfare and co-ordinating Government requests for humanitarian assistance. The team had to relocate numerous times during this period. In their Annual Review they received an A rating. GGF Ukraine provided valuable support to some hugely important reforms: IDPs were able to receive status certificates in days instead of weeks, citizens accessed ID cards, passports, birth certificates and tax payer identification numbers online in 18 regions and half a million displaced people, (55% women) were able to register their unemployment status to receive GoU support. The programme is providing expert, contextually relevant technical assistance that is helping the GoU deliver tangible results to its citizens in an extremely challenging environment.