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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

hannah vickers

‘BE MORE CREATIVE” – ACE CEO CHALLENGES INDUSTRY TO USE EVERY BUSINESS SITUATION TO DEVELOP THEIR STAFF

At a ceremony that bucked usual built environment trends, an all-female team championed the best people, initiatives and companies from across the industry and presented deserving winners of the ACE 2019 Consultancy & Engineering Awards.  The winners, chosen by a panel of expert industry judges headed by Roger Bailey of Tideway, were announced at ACE’s black-tie dinner on Thursday evening. The event, hosted by CBRE’s Amanda Clack, and AECOM’s Charlotte Jones, herself the winner of last years’ Apprentice of the Year award, featured Heathrow’s Emma Jane Houghton, Huda As’ad of the Infrastructure Projects Authority, the DfT’s Catherine de Marco OBE, Dr Tauni Lanier of Eco-Capital, and Georgia Hughes of Arcadis, and Chair of the ACE Emerging Professionals group.  ACE Chief Executive Hannah Vickers challenged attendees to spot the difference between the ACE and every other industry event they had attended, saying “To those of you who say  there aren’t enough women in the industry or you just can’t find female speakers, I’m sorry, but you’re just not moving in the right circles. Try harder.” Hannah also challenged attendees to use every business situation and opportunity to develop and celebrate the success of staff at every level.  “Instead of focusing on the usual corporate entertainment for tonight’s celebration, we felt it more productive and intuitive to invest that money in further training and development for our co-host this evening, Charlotte Jones of AECOM. As business leaders, we should be supporting our teams from the ground up.  “I’d like to congratulate all of our winners and nominees, who have shown that the future of consultancy and engineering is incredibly exciting.”   Future of Consultancy – Integrated Project Team of the Year, Public Sector Client  Winner – Arup  Future of Consultancy – Integrated Project Team of the Year, Private Sector Client  Winner – Arup – Welsh Water Alliance  Highly Commended – BuroHappold Engineering  Best UK Business Performance – micro organisation (<10 employees)  Winner – Rail Power Solutions    Best UK Business Performance – small/medium sized organisation (10+ employees but less than 250)  Winner – Geo-Environmental Services Ltd    Best UK Business Performance – large organisation (>250 employees)  Winner – Pick Everard  Highly Commended – Curtins  Future of Consultancy – Strategic Planning & Placemaking Champion  Winner – WYG  Highly Commended – Arup  Future of Consultancy – Data Led Asset Performance Champion  Winner – Amey Consulting    Environmental Initiative of the Year  Winner – IMC Social & Environmental Safeguarding Team – Freetown Landfill Feasibility Study  Highly Commended – Mott MacDonald – Embedding PAS2080 across a global business    Emerging Professional Employer of the Year  Winner – WSP  Highly Commended – IMC Worldwide & Stantec  Emerging Professional of the Year  Winner – Philippa Jefferis – IMC Worldwide  Highly Commended – Elizabeth Side – Jubb Consulting Engineers Limited    Apprentice of the Year  Winner – Elliott Webb – Arup  Highly Commended – Willow-Athena Hempell – WSP 

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