Report 2017

Shaping the future

Environmental Stewardship

Protecting our resources, reducing our impacts

Culture and Wellbeing

Maintaining and enhancing our status of employer of choice

Governance and Ethics

Business operations with a conscience

Sustainability in Services

Leading the market towards a sustainable

built environment

Community and Charity

Working together to create opportunities

In 2017 we redefined our brand purpose, which has strengthened our corporate responsibility strategy. Our purpose defines what we believe and what we stand for. It makes the benefits and value we bring clients, projects and society clearer and puts that at the heart of our approach to market. Put simply it is why we do what we do.

We believe our spaces shape us and that we can have an active and positive impact on people’s lives, wherever in the property lifecycle we are advising. Our places build people.

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive Officer


At GVA we have a Corporate Responsibility Committee. Members are chosen due to their strategic roles within the business and their ability to positively shape the corporate responsibility agenda.

Corporate Responsibility Committee

Simon Miller
Commercial Executive Director

Parul Thakrar
Director of Operations, Compliance and Risk

Nicola Harris
Director of HR

Jon Gibson
Director, Head of Sustainability

Aimee Byrnes
Head of Marketing

Stuart Traynor
Director, Building Consultancy

Chris Whetstone
Corporate Responsibility Manager

Our 2016-2018 goals

Understand the issues that are material to our business

Seek out and maintain business opportunities and actively manage the risks

Our 2016-2018 objectives

Ensure we have a clear governance structure for CR issues

Have a CR Committee who will meet at least 6 times a year

Seek to align with best practice CR initiatives

Engage with our stakeholders so as to understand our material issues

Publically disclose our CR performance

Integrate our CR aspirations into the business strategy