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May 24, 2016

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Women in construction and engineering celebrated at lavish awards ceremony

The finalists of the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards came together last week to celebrate female role models within these sectors.

Held at the Hilton London Bankside, 22 women working in various roles across construction and engineering, including planning, architecture, and health and safety were recognised for their outstanding achievement in their field.

Sandi Rhys Jones OBE, strategist change agent and motivational speaker, opened proceedings as the keynote speaker. As a passionate advocate of promoting the role of women in construction and engineering, Sandi spoke to the finalists and their supporters about how far the professions have come in the last thirty years, particularly in relation to the role of women.

Following an aerial acrobatics performance, Andrew Mitchell CBE FREng, chief executive, Thames Tideway Tunnel Ltd, spoke about his experience in construction and his experience of a golf-course construction project which specifically required its workers to have a golf handicap.

The winner of the best woman in health and safety within the construction and engineering sector went to Jennie Armstrong, occupational health lead – construction at MACE.

A full interview with Jennie will be available on SHP shortly.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists:

Best Woman Consultant – Caroline Lassen, operations director, MACE

Best Woman Contractor – Belen Marquina Susin, deputy managing director, Ferrovial Agroman

Best Woman Architect and most distinguished winner of 2016 – Carol Stitchman, head of design, Network Rail

Best Woman Structural Engineer – Jane Richards, director, WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Best Woman Project Manager – Melonae Thomas, project manager, Lendlease

Best Woman Quantity Surveyor – Laura Collins, associate director, MACE Cost Consultancy

Best Woman Civil Engineer – Sofia Guerrero Gamez, bid manager, Ferrovial Agroman UK

Best Woman in Highways – Verity Smith, senior geotechnical engineer, Atkins

Best Woman Rail Engineer – Shuchi Jain, principal electrification engineer, Arcadis

Best Woman Construction Planner – Sharon Fasanya, fit out planner, London Underground

Best Woman in Health & Safety – Jennie Armstrong, occupational health lead – construction, MACE

Best Woman in Environment and Sustainability – Sharon Maynard, sustainability operations director, Skanska

Best Woman Electrical and Mechanical Engineer – Nicola Fauvel, nuclear island area delivery manager, EDF-Energy Nuclear New Build

Best Woman Architectural Technologist – Glayne Price, director (chartered arch. technologist), LHC Architecture and Urbanism

Best Young Woman Architect – Ruth McIntyre, Part 2 Architectural assistant, Weston Williamson and Partners

Best Young Woman in Construction – Melanie Ogden, project manager, Northern Line Extension, TFL

Best Young Woman Engineer – Alison Waterworth, senior engineer, Aecom

Outstanding Woman in Construction Law – Sujata Sharma, company solicitor, Skanska

Outstanding Woman in Oil & Gas – Gillian Dickson, chief engineer, oil and gas energy, Atkins

Best Female Mentor – Alison Chippington, precontract manager, transport, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd

Best Male Mentor – Tony O’Donnell, engineering director, transport, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner – Lucy Homer, head of design, Lendlease

Congratulations to all the winners and to the finalists

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