Cormis Partners’ business overview

acumen7 member Florian de Cormis gave an overview of Cormis Partners, a London-based independent recruitment company, specialising in international executive search on behalf of the Energy, Infrastructure, and Industrial and Manufacturing sectors. Along with their executive search offering, Cormis Partners also offers market mapping, and interim management and contract recruitment services to boards, SMTs and investors for companies going through transformation and growth. Florian sought feedback from the members and guests on future challenges for the recruitment industry.

For more information on Cormis Partners, visit: https://www.cormispartners.com/

 

Member feedback

April’s second presentation was from acumen7 member Andrew Cobden, who was seeking feedback from the network on some potential next steps in his career. Andrew has worked in the property industry for over 25 years and is currently MD of Vastint UK. Andrew’s experience has afforded him exposure to a broad range of property sectors and for the past 10+ years he has overseen three large-scale mixed-use city centre projects. He is as comfortable in setting the vision for a place as he is with defining the needs of the buildings and spaces that populate it. Andrew leaves Vastint in June and is exploring a number of options. He shared a few ideas, with the members then offering feedback and alternative views.

Enabling infrastructure and buildings to better withstand biochemical threats

Director of DBG Defence Hamish de Bretton-Gordon gave a confidential presentation to acumen7 members today on current threats to bio-security. Hamish covered where the threats are perceived to be coming from, and how we can enable our infrastructure and buildings to better withstand them. Hamish has served and volunteered in conflict zones around the world and unearthed evidence of multiple chemical attacks in the current Syrian conflict. He continues to advise the Government at the highest level, including after the 2018 Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. Hamish was formerly a British Army officer for 23 years and commanding officer of the UK’s Joint Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Regiment and NATO’s Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. Hamish is the author of Chemical Warrior.

 

An overview of the Croatia project

acumen7’s March meeting had a true member focus. First up were Robert Williams, Robert Osborne, John Pilkington and Andrew Joss (and in spirit Donnie MacNicol). They showcased their teamwork from the last few years while they have been supporting the government of a developing EU country with its strategic investment planning. They shared their experience of working together as members of the acumen7 network, and highlighted reflections and things to think about when considering future assignments. They also sought input on ways the work might be utilised and leveraged for the benefit of the whole network.

 

Moving from the Productivity Puzzle to the Productivity Conversation

Long-standing acumen7 member Peter Dixon was February’s second presenter. Peter explained that a ‘productivity puzzle’ has arisen from the way issues have been formulated for decades. The economists say productivity drives growth, whereas the strategists say growth drives productivity. Reformulating the issue opens up opportunities for valuable discussions and enables a productivity conversation to replace the productivity puzzle. Peter also illustrated why manufacturing really matters and how manufacturing sectors form the physical linkages between economies. The informative session included an overview of experience curves and how long term competitor performance is driven by comparative performance relative to economy averages. 

 

Disruptive Technology Update

At acumen7’s February meeting, Darya Bahram shared a fascinating insight from a PwC survey revealing 69% of CEOs agree that emerging technologies will disrupt their business over the next few years. Darya, Secretary General of the Association of Consultant Architects, then gave the assembled members an enlightening overview of just what that will entail, covering Building Information Modelling (BIM), Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), Blockchain, Smart Contracts, FinTech, RegTech and InsurTech. The advantages of this automation include higher accuracy, uniform quality, increased productivity, reduced costs and the ability to avoid potential risks.

For more information on the Association of Consultant Architects, visit: https://acarchitects.co.uk/