final quarter of the Davis and Shirtliff (D&S) year is always
the busiest with this year being no exception, writes D&S
chairman ALEC DAVIS.
The key event has been the Management Conference where we review
the past year and plan for the next, this year’s theme being
‘Winning The Digital Era’ - most appropriate for the fast
changing world we live in!
Though Davis and Shirtliff is already relatively advanced in the
digital space with a sophisticated ERP system, the new D&S FLO
App and a prominent on-line presence there remains much to do.
We had various internal and external inputs on the theme, though
I was particularly grateful for the contribution made by the
principal speaker, Dr Bitange Ndemo, one of Kenya’s digital
pioneers who opened our minds to many new possibilities !
An important tradition at the Conference is the Manager of the
Year Awards and I was particularly pleased to present the
overall winner’s award to Ephraim Wainaina, Managing Director
Davis and Shirtliff Uganda.
He is one of the Group’s longest serving staffers with over 40
years’ service and has achieved many things, particularly the
creation of Davis and Shirtliff Uganda and its current success.
I also congratulate the Commended Managers, Lena Sumuni for the
excellent work she has done in developing the HR function and
Ken Muturi on his achievement in developing Davis and
Shirtliff’s high profile on-line presence.
All awards were thoroughly deserved and I am very grateful for
the winners’ contributions.
Another notable event has been a visit to Davis and Shirtliff by
the Grundfos Group CEO Mads Nipper who was very supportive in
Grundfos and Davis and Shirtliff have been partners for over 50
years and we were honoured to host him. Good discussions were
held on how to build on the already strong relationship and we
look forward to continued growth of our mutual business.
Finally I must mention Davis and Shirtliff Kenya’s biggest ever
project, the drilling and equipping of 100 solar powered
boreholes for Meru County.
This is an ambitious initiative by Governor Kiraitu Murungi to
bring water to the people of his County and Davis and Shirtliff
is working closely with his team to complete the project in
Negotiated and managed by COO Dr. MAS Waweru, the project is
progressing well with a number of sites now commissioned and is
an excellent example of what can be achieved when there is
commitment by all parties to achieve the common good.
This project is pioneering an approach to bring water to remote
communities in a sustainable way and Davis and Shirtliff is
proud to be involved in it.