Congratulations to all our finalists.
This year's winners are:
Design, Planning & Architecture Category and Overall Winner:
Winner: Shane Evans
Job title: Property Design Technician, Carmarthanshire County Council
Shane lives with the serious medical condition Cystic Fibrosis, but still excels in his vocational and academic education and has demonstrated sheer determination in not just succeeding in his chosen career, but in making a real impact in his workplace, community and college. Shane gets up at 5.30am every morning just to do the exercises necessary to allow him to be fit for work, but he is still comes to work on time, with enthusiasm and a smile on his face.
Shane has never let his illness get in the way of his ambitions and has even sat externally set examinations whilst receiving his life-saving treatment in hospital. Shane has had to work twice, maybe three times, as hard to keep up and keep ahead and his Principal at College Sir Gar, Barry Liles says: “Shane’s sheer ability, determination and work ethic have exceeded any other student I have come across.”
Shane also encourages other young people who want to have a career in the construction industry by engaging with schools and the organisation Cyfle Building Skills, where he is on the interviewing panels for new recruits to the scheme.
Shane impressed the judges with his resilience and determination for achieving in his career in construction despite serious health issues.
“Shane is an inspiring example of a person who manages debilitating health issues on a daily basis through sheer hard work and determination. All the judges found him to be an engaging and knowledgeable individual, with an infectiously positive and optimistic outlook on life. Shane has already shown how his appetite to develop his skills, combined with his interest in making things, have allowed him to take on and succeed in conquering ever greater challenges. Shane is a formidable ambassador for a creative, practical and proactive approach to problem-solving in new and existing buildings, and even finds time to volunteer and give back to the industry by organizing CPD and visits in Wales, and acting as Treasurer for the CIOB Novus group.”
Construction Delivery Category:
Winner: Paige Finnerty
Job title: Assistant Construction Manager, Mace
Paige started her career in 2012 as a Team Secretary at Mace’s head office in the City of London despite the fact that she lived in Coventry. For 10 months she commuted from Coventry to London with the hope moving into construction. She later moved into a Team Administrator role on the iconic Birmingham New Street project and continued in this role for a year.
The highlight of Paige’s working life to date was meeting the Prime Minister David Cameron when he visited the project in Birmingham to discuss the trainee and apprentice programmes offered by Mace. She even managed to get a selfie with her and the Prime Minister and took the opportunity to chat with him about her career aspirations and he encouraged her to pursue a career within the industry.
The judges were really impressed with Paige’s drive and determination to push her career forward, regardless of personal and professional barriers.
“The level of entries and quality of people always amazes me year on year, this year being no exception. Paige as a young professional woman showed that it is possible to start on the bottom of the ladder. She now demonstrates a real desire to help others in construction, whilst aiming to be the best construction manager she can.”
Winner: Kristina Scheibler Frood
Job title: Structural Engineer, AECOM
Kristina has worked on a number of high profile engineering projects including a super-prime residential development with triple basement construction in central London.
However, she still finds time to be involved with a local school where she helps run after school clubs for years 7 and 9 to introduce them to careers in engineering and to encourage their development with maths and the sciences.
Kristina impressed the judges with her clear, focused and energetic approach to engineering.
“Kristina’s understanding of the input required across the spectrum of young people to generate change is clear. Working with seven to nine year olds, secondary school pupils, and being a mentor to graduates and apprentices, she has a grasp of connecting with the future of engineering and the construction industry. We believe Kristina has a brilliant future ahead of her and we wish her and all the other candidates an inspiring future in engineering and in the construction industry.”
Project Management Category
Winner: Tes Adamou
Job title: Project Manager, Arcadis
Tes graduated with an MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2011, and went to work at Laing O'Rourke, working as a Site Engineer and then Senior Engineer at London Gateway Port, dealing and leading a part of one of the most challenging Infrastructure Projects in the UK. Upon completion, after having experienced the limitations between construction and the plant hire business Tes moved to understand more about that issue. Becoming a Sales and Project Manager, and later a Business Improvement Leader, he challenged the Health and Safety aspect of the solutions offered. He developed a communication product between the slinger/signaller and the crane operator, freeing their hands to operate more safely.
Tes also studied for his Masters in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, seeking to understand the Legal aspects of construction, and what makes it a breeding ground for such a number of disputes being escalated. In fact, Tes became one of the youngest people to become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Tes impressed the judges with his all-around strong performance.
The judges said, “in an academic sense Tes is a strong achiever and has made a point of filling the gaps in his knowledge which led him to go on and do a Masters in Construction Law. From a professional perspective Tes has done well in each of his positions to date and added value in each of these roles. We are sure he will have a bright future and wish him well.”
Winner: Amy Bracey
Job title: Senior Surveyor, Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP
Amy has worked at Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP for 3 years and is responsible for all the property management, compliance and building defect matters that arise within their team’s client portfolio.
Outside of work, Amy volunteers as a Business Advisor for a local secondary school’s Young Enterprise Team.
Amy said, “the Scheme has enabled me to improve my leadership and support roles whilst also promoting my industry to the students. I also volunteer as a mentor for a young person of 12 years old whose parents have drug and alcohol addictions. This is via the Bristol Drugs Project and I provide support on a weekly basis by taking her out to do various activities which she might not otherwise have the opportunity do, and allowing her to be herself.”
Amy impressed the judges with her drive and determination.
The judges said of Amy, “she has made great professional progression to date, despite a lack of real guidance or mentoring support. She is very much self-motivated and still finds the time to give back to the community. She has a promising career ahead of her and we wish her all the best.”