Gwynedd Archaeological Trust win ICiPS Award

We are very pleased to announce that Gwynedd Archaeolgical Trust together with Natural Resources Wales and the three other Welsh Archaeological Trusts (Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust) won an award at the Annual ICiPS Awards 2018 for Collaboration.

The glass award will spend time at the NRW and Archaeological Trust offices across Wales to enable all the winners to share in the award and to raise awareness about the Memorandum of Understanding between the five organisations and the work that we do across the natural and historic environments.

The Institute for Continuous Improvement in Public Services (ICiPS) held its UK 2018 Award Ceremony at Leeds Museum on 14th March, to which we were very pleased to be invited.

Natural Resources Wales and the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts; Clwyd-Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent and Gwynedd had collectively submitted our joint working in the natural and historic environments for the Collaboration award, our work is encapsulated in a Memorandum of Understanding.

We are absolutely delighted that not only was our submission nominated for an award, we came away with the top award as Winners of the Collaboration category. Jill Bullen, Rhian Jardine (NRW) and Andrew Marvell (Archaeological Trust) attended to receive the ICiPS award and join the ICiPS conference, the linking hands on the glass trophy award aptly mirrors the ethos of our work.

We are very pleased that this award will help us showcase our work and share good practice, also to raise awareness of the value of the ICiPS. The award recognised the sustainability of our joint working and how it has changed our culture to one of continuous improvement. Joint working has transformed our way of working to the benefit of each signatory, partner organisation and the natural and historic environment sectors. We have moved from a position of limited engagement, through a journey of collective continuous improvement to our current position where we continue to strengthen, the MoU has been a catalyst for this collaboration.

Collaboration has brought unity, purpose and strength across our organisations at all levels, it has enabled us to build capacity and develop expertise in specialist areas, run joint training events, reduce duplication and improve consistency. By positively working together it has drawn in other organisations creating a ripple effect of enhanced collaboration. The rewards of working in this way are numerous and contribute to the economic and social vitality of Wales. The award is very much appreciated, it will tour our collective offices across Wales, we thank each person who has enabled this work to succeed.

An example of our work joint work is evident at Allt yr Esgair Hill Fort, a Scheduled Monument in the Brecon Beacons National Park which is split over three different land ownerships. Working in the ethos of the MoU with external partners, including Cadw and a local farmer, NRW has completed a programme of work that has improved the recognition and visibility of the historic features of the site. This collaboration and continuous improvement through working in partnership to gain access, introduce grazing and management will reduce the overall future maintenance costs and benefit the historic and natural environment.



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