27 April 2016
Our outstanding projects and people were recognised at the British Expertise International Awards 2016 which took place on 11th April at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.
The British Expertise International Awards 2016 recognise and celebrate outstanding international achievements by companies in the UK professional services sector.
WYG received two ‘highly commended’ awards in two of the twelve categories:
Outstanding International Collaboration
As part of an international consortium, our team of experts have been helping to design, implement and manage an innovative and collaborative UK-Somalia public finance management (PFM) training programme for civil servants in the country. The programme is improving the capacity of Somali PFM practitioners by delivering an internationally-recognised accounting qualification.
The programme is also improving budgeting by providing hands-on budget workshops as well as advising on the development of a professionalised PFM service in government and providing training to senior managers through an innovative online programme.
Sara Breen, Senior Consultant who worked on the project said: “I’m delighted that our project has been recognised for an award at international level. The programme’s collaborative approach to building Somalia’s PFM capacity is at the very heart of its success.
The project is being viewed as a model that can be tailored to, and rolled out in other countries and will be especially effective in those countries facing security and infrastructure problems.”
Young Consultant of the Year - Glyn Utting
Glyn is an exceptional young Project Manager chosen by WYG to lead some of its challenging projects on a global scale. His portfolio includes key infrastructure projects within an operational military environment (Afghan National Army Officers Academy (Camp Qargha) Kabul, Afghanistan) through to supporting the mobilisation and inception phase of the Libya Security Justice & Defence programme for the UK Government Stabilisation Unit.
More recently, Glyn has worked in humanitarian aid, leading the rebuild programme of rural health posts and schools for Community Action Nepal following the earthquake in April 2015.
On receiving the award, Glyn said: “It is an honour to be highly commended in this category. I’ve been fortunate to work on some incredibly diverse and challenging projects with very dedicated and inspiring individuals in Afghanistan, Libya and Nepal. It is fantastic to be recognised and raise the profile of both WYG and in particular Community Action Nepal. Together we have assisted village communities to reconstruct their health posts and schools and have shared valuable knowledge and tools to help them take ownership of rebuilding their communities.
Whilst working away I’ve always relied on the incredible support of the Management Services team in Leeds and I am proud to work with such talented individuals.”
For more information on the awards and list of all the winners, visit the British Expertise website.