8th March 2018
A great result for Prism the Gift Fund at last night’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2018. We’d been shortlisted in the ‘Best Philanthropy Engagement’ category and were very happy to be announced as the winner. Delivering excellence is paramount to Prism – so it is an honour to be recognised in this way. We are very grateful for the award and are very proud of our team who ensure best practice in the management of our professional services to clients on their donor journey.
The Managing Partners’ Forum (www.mpfglobal.com) brings together professional firm leaders to share ideas on strategic leadership and management excellence. Its goal is to support the growth, productivity and prosperity of the UK’s largest business sector. This involves connecting and creating value in its own community, and also acting as the independent voice of professional services to Government, and providing direct access to policymakers.
— Managing Partners’ Forum Official Press Release—
HONOURING EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRMS
Law firm Bird & Bird was the big winner at this year’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards, winning in three categories – Best corporate culture, Best programme for leadership development; and Best collaboration with external specialists. In addition, CEO David Kerr received the Exceptional Achievement award for an individual, sponsored by the Financial Times, for his 22 years in the role, during which a relatively small primarily London firm, best known as a specialist IP and TMT outfit, has become a formidable international player – whilst preserving its distinctive and widely admired culture.
Commented Forum Chair, Neville Eisenberg of BLP: “Now in their 16th year, our Management Excellence Awards, in partnership with Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times, uniquely provide leadership teams with independent evidence of their contribution to leadership & strategy; operational excellence; the client journey; and responsible business. Demonstrating this contribution puts our members at the heart of strategic conversations, and increases their personal influence and people’s trust in their plans, while strengthening the reputation of their firms to clients.”
Exceptional Achievement awards were also received by Foster + Partners and Deloitte:
· Foster + Partners won the Forum’s own award for establishing itself as a truly global practice whilst maintaining its position as ‘the most admired architectural practice’ for the past 12 years.
· Deloitte won the award for a management team, sponsored by Harvard Business Review, for making great strides over the past six years in building a more diverse, strategic and collegiate culture, embracing external competition and demonstrating an increasing willingness to experiment.
Grant Thornton and Smith & Williamson won in two categories: Most innovative client service and Most inclusive firm (Grant Thornton) and Best managed national firm and Best co-ordination in winning new work (Smith & Williamson). These were the other winners (with categories) on a busy night: A&L Goodbody (Best community engagement); ARC Pensions Law (Best strategic leadership); Brodies (Best use of systems or technology); Dentons (Best managed international firm); DLA Piper (Best provision of knowledge to clients); Korn Ferry (Best thought leadership); Prism the Gift Fund (Best philanthropy engagement); Thommessen (Best strategy implementation); and Xinfu (Best leadership of a mould-breaking firm).