THE ACCUMEN 7 NETWORK
There are over 25 members of the accumen7 network who, whilst acting independtly, are able to come together to provide a powerful, problem-solving management resource....
DEVELOPING JOINT OPPORTUNITIES
Collaboration amongst acumen7 members has led to the germination of exciting new business enterprises and joint ventures, which are now on course to grow and flourish...
acumen7 is a unique network of senior executives, independent consultants and like-minded professionals, who have come together
to offer their skills and experience to help businesses and other organisations solve the challenges of development and change.
The purpose of acumen7 is to share and debate ideas; to develop
leading-edge thinking; to innovate, and to explore and develop joint
THE ACUMEN7 APPROACH
HOW WE WORK
The members of acumen7 provide advice and support in a variety of ways. Most commonly, they act as independent advisors to businesses and organisations tackling specific assignments at a high level. Members often provide more general support to senior management in these situations. Many of our members hold non-executive directorships, and sit on the management boards of public bodies and academic institutions.
Through a culture of collective collaboration members do, on occasion, work together to provide a powerful team tailored to the assignment.
Such is the strength of the network that opportunities have been identified, and new and exciting businesses have been created. Details of these enterprises can be viewed by clicking on Developing joint
Our members inspire confidence in the people around them and are sensitive to the personal issues that arise when moving a business forward. They work as part of the team and are totally focused on solving a problem. As independent, professional people, the only interest they have in their client’s business is their assignment.
Providing a source of professional advice
The acumen7 network – Relevant; Challenging; Supportive
The acumen7 membership comprises a network of senior executives
and consultants, all experts in their fields, with extensive experience
between them of managing companies and making things happen.
Their knowledge embraces a wide range of industries including construction
and infrastructure, power utilities and renewable energy, manufacturing,
financial services and recruitment.
Our members have enjoyed successful careers across the corporate world, both in the UK and internationally. They know what it is to run businesses, manage complex programmes, and lead organisations through development
Skills within acumen7 include the operational delivery of major projects; leadership, strategy and general business management; organisational change; team building; advanced project management and the management of lean techniques in construction.
WHAT WE DO
acumen7 has two key objectives. Firstly to put clients in contact with members who can help them and secondly, to provide members with the support they need to deliver appropriate services to their clients. This is achieved through the network, which keeps in regular contact and meets monthly to exchange views, knowledge and experience, and to share and debate ideas.
The annual calendar of events includes ‘away days’ and social events for its members, making the whole acumen7 experience as pleasurable as it is rewarding. It is through such interaction that the whole network is able to learn and grow together for the benefit of all concerned.
WHO WE WORK FOR
acumen7 members are involved in a wide spectrum of industries and markets, both in the public and private sectors. They include property and construction; oil and gas; power and utilities; electrical engineering and transportation. They embrace niche, highly focused companies up to blue chip, global organisations.
Company Secretary, NSCE International Ltd
Clive Arup is a Civil Engineer with extensive experience in the UK and abroad in infrastructure and commercial buildings. Recently he has been managing and marketing several companies, and has also previously managed the acumen7 office, its communications and administration. Clive is a director of an acumen7 spin off – Barn Energy Ltd.
Managing Director of Structural Healthcare Ltd
Graeme is a qualified corrosion specialist and engineer, having completed his education by 1986 at the now Uni of Portsmouth in Applied Chemistry - BSc Hons - and the Uni of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology - MSc Corrosion Science & Engineering by thesis. He has published many papers over the years on the subject of the management and control of the corrosion of structures.
Specialist in developing project and programme leadership to support organisations deliver their strategy and difficult change whilst meeting operational demands. Passionate about delivering value by incorporating the latest behavioural, project, programme and change management thinking.
Robert is a civil engineer turned project manager, project finance and business leader. After 30 years leading public and private sector transformation, Robert is now investing in and turning around SME companies.
John has 45 years’ experience working with major private sector companies and Government to deliver social infrastructure projects using private funding. He now has a plural portfolio of Non-executive Director roles with companies across the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and finance sectors; he provides strategic advice on the growth plans of these businesses, some of which are private equity-backed. John is also Trustee on the Boards of a number of charities.
Simon Pratt practiced as an independent Executive Search consultant primarily working with a leading firm – Grosvenor Clive & Stokes. In addition he was an Associate Director of CPS, the Mentoring & Coaching specialists. He was in top-level executive search for over 30 years, latterly specialising in construction, infrastructure and logistics. He is a founder member of acumen7.
Giles is a Fellow and Chartered Manager with 35 years’ experience in international aviation and engineering. Giles has held a number of Director and Senior Executive roles within the BAA Group and Heathrow Airport Limited, as well as a number of Non-Executive roles. Giles joined AECOM in November 2019 as their CTO.
Groundhill Ltd, was founded in 2000. Groundhill is a UK and European Consulting Group with a vertically integrated capability in the design, procurement and delivery of, major programmes, projects, logistics and manufacturing, across a full spectrum of UK sectors and markets.
Developing joint business opportunities
When the acumen7 network was established, it created an environment for business opportunities to be brought to the table, debated and germinated. This has been possible through the diversity of experience, knowledge of the marketplace, strong connections and the ability to make things happen.
ASSOCIATED BUSINESSES AND RECENT VISITS
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