Women win big at construction awards

A great night was had by all at the 2015 Women in Construction Awards which honoured the brightest and best female achievers in the house building and wider construction industries...

Hundreds of people attended the ninth annual Women in Construction Awards, which was held at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club and sponsored by Turner & Townsend, Ardmore Construction, Atkins, Bam Construct UK, BDP, Building Careers UK, Laing O’Rourke, Leeds Beckett University, Mace, Matchtech, Mott MacDonald, Mount Anvil and Taylor Woodrow.

Launched by Builder & Engineer and our sister title Housing magazine in 2006 the event has continued to evolve to reflect the changing nature of the industry and the awards received a record number of entries this year, so much so that we have introduced three new categories – ¬Rising Star, Business Leader of the Year and Mentor of the Year – split the Engineer of the Year category into two sub categories and introduced Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor as two separate categories.

Award-winning writer, comedian, actor and journalist Katy Brand was host for the evening and the guest speaker was former RAF pilot Mandy Hickson who was the second woman to fly the Tornado G4 operationally.

Our judging panel comprised Siobhan McMahon, director of her own architectural practice, Emerald Architects Ltd and national chair for the National Association of Women in Construction; Emma Richman, director of assets at Bury Six Town Housing, and committee member of Women in Property UK; Hayley Ellis, director of training at the Federation of Master Builders and Chris Gorse, professor of construction and project management and director of the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Metropolitan University.

A prize draw and silent auction raised funds for the Construction Youth Trust and the evening was rounded off with music from party band Beat Junkie but the real stars of the show were the winners:

Winners of the 2015 Women in Construction Awards:

Best Apprentice/ New Starter - under 25 Sponsored by Bam Construct UK

Katherine Colley

*Highly Commended: Charlotte Sutherland, Apprentice Painter & Decorator at Hounslow Housing

Best apprentice/ New Starter - 25 and over Sponsored by Ardmore Construction

Carla Higgins, apprentice plumber at Hounslow Housing

Architect of the Year Sponsored by Mace

Sue Emms, architect director BDP

Engineer of the Year - Civils/ Infrastructure Sponsored by Matchtech

Jennifer Ogawa, ITS Engineer at Mott MacDonald

*Highly Commended: Tracey Radford, Principal Engineering Geologist Atkins Ltd

Engineer of the Year - Building/ Services Sponsored by Ruskin Air Management

Anna Wendt, associate at Buro Happold

Project Manager of the Year Sponsored by Mott MacDonald

Liz Hartley, Mace

Quantity Surveyor of the Year

Bernadette Lord, DSG Quantity Surveyors

Tradeswoman of the Year Sponsored by Taylor Woodrow

Angela Twigg & Sara Thomas, Hammered 'n' Plastered

Green Leadership Award Sponsored by Laing O’Rourke PLC

Zoe Carmichael, Magenta Living

Rising Star Sponsored by Atkins

Lauren Harries, Taylor Woodrow

*Highly commended: Susanna Morales, Barnet Homes

Award for Staff Development & Training Sponsored by Building Careers UK

Opus International Consultants (UK) Ltd

Business Leader of the Year Sponsored by Turner & Townsend

Anita Harrison-Carroll, Sovini Trade Supplies

Mentor of the Year Sponsored by Mount Anvil

Joanne Bradshaw, Forrest

Outstanding Woman in Construction Sponsored by BDP

Louise Brooke-Smith, Brooke Smith Planning

*Highly commended: Christine Townley, Construction Youth Trust

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsored by Leeds Beckett University

Valeria Owen

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