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Diversity awards for roadworks procurement figures

Highways England staff win diversity award

Two senior figures at Highways England have received external diversity awards following work done with construction firms to promote equality.

Executive procurement director David Poole (pictured, far right) and diversity manager Nicky Ensert were recognised by the National Centre for Diversity

Work the pair have done to boost inclusion across the construction industry has included establishment of a supplier diversity forum.

Solat Chaudhry, chief executive of the centre, said: “Nicky and David are encouraging and supporting giant private highways construction companies to make genuine and sustainable improvements that will help them improve and transform their equality, diversity and inclusion practices.”

Ensert said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic to win acclaim from an organisation like the National Centre for Diversity. Receiving its recognition gives us confidence that we are on the right track and our efforts are making a difference across our industry.

“Our ambition is to drive a real step change in how we as an industry attract and recruit the right mix of skills and expertise from a more diverse talent pool, creating inclusive working cultures and delivering a level of customer service that takes account of customers’ and communities’ diverse needs.”

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