Event overview

Join this expert talk delivered by Environment Analyst's Sustainability Delivery Group where speaker Vicky Hutchinson, Environment Practice Director, Atkins will be speaking about embedding social value within the professional services sector.

The concept of social value keeps evolving but is most mature in the construction sector. Here, a core of deliverables associated with project employment and skills plans, such as apprenticeships, training for the workforce, local employment, local supply chain and engagement with those in education, have become a requirement on many projects, either as a result of a client ask, a framework commitment or planning condition. Many contractors’ social value strategies have evolved to match these requirements. They are complemented by a range of less project-specific activities, such as volunteering days, support for the LGBTQ+ community and campaigns to tackle mental health. But how well do these priorities translate to professional services? Are they appropriate? In this webinar, we consider these questions and look at

  • Where contractors and those in the professional services sector can work together
  • Where professional services can offer unique value
  • How the social value agenda adds value to the professional services sector

Speaker: Dr Vicky Hutchinson, Environment Practice Director, Atkins

Dr Vicky Hutchinson is Director of the Environment Practice within Atkins. She was previously Head of Social Value at ISG.  She has developed and implemented social value strategies for contractors and consultants, working at a senior level to develop procedures, targets and measurement protocols across business units. She has worked closely with local authority clients to design and deliver Social Value programmes for both public sector frameworks and at a project level, and has worked in partnership with peers across the sector to maximise the socio-economic outcomes of infrastructure and construction activity. Her current role as Director of the Environment Practice within Atkins involves bringing together different parts of the Atkins business to respond to current challenges. These range from tackling the climate emergency and delivering a low carbon future, to looking beyond apprenticeships to understand how social value is created through buildings, infrastructure and the green spaces between them.

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