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Rising Star: Finalists

The biggest shortlist of this year’s Construction News Awards reflects the incredible achievements and attributes of these future industry leaders. 

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Cameron Bell

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Cameron Bell

Cameron Bell – A14 Integrated Delivery Team / Skanska UK

Cameron started at Skanska as a graduate buyer in March 2015, being made a buyer the following year after his success in managing the company’s supply chain conference caught the eye.

In mid-2016 he joined the JV team delivering the £1.4bn A14 road project. Cameron oversaw several framework contracts on the scheme worth up to £12m in 2017, during which he was promoted once more to assistant supply chain manager. He also created a supply chain portal platform to share key information with suppliers; this innovation has now been adopted at a corporate level.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Gareth Bevins

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Gareth Bevins

Gareth Bevins – Turner & Townsend

Gareth serves as a project controls engineer for Turner & Townsend and has worked on the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear project for the past two years. He has held various roles on the scheme and is currently working on the heat sink and balance-of-plant programme.

Within this, Gareth has led the £75m project controls workstream for the M&E contracts, taking the lead on cost, risk, schedule and reporting, while strengthening relations with project partners, T&T says. His efforts have improved cost forecasting accuracy from ±40 per cent to within 2 per cent, while away from the workstream he has been actively involved in various charity work and fundraising. 

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Roseanna Bloxham

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Roseanna Bloxham

Roseanna Bloxham – RSK Group

Roseanna joined RSK as a graduate geoenvironmental engineer in 2011, rising through the ranks to become senior geoenvironmental engineer overseeing project investigations. She has recently led the firm’s Stop Work Card initiative to help workers identify and address unsafe works; its success has seen the programme implemented company-wide.

In addition to her core roles, Roseanna is training new graduates in site work and data collection, as well as visiting schools to promote engineering to young people and help improve gender diversity in the industry.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jonathan Hardisty

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jonathan Hardisty

Jonathan Hardisty – Turner & Townsend

Jon has been involved on the Network Rail Crossrail West programme for the past three years, which has seen him present his work directly to chief executive Mark Carne alongside senior figures in Network Rail and the Department for Transport.

He has been responsible for some major works for T&T, including extending and electrifying platform 12 at Paddington station, extending and electrifying Royal Oak Sidings, and Network Rail’s works at Westbourne Park to link Crossrail services from tunnel to main line. Alongside his day-to-day jobs, Jon has overseen the company’s induction week for graduates and apprentices for the last two years and regularly promotes the industry to undergraduates.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Najwa Jawahar

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Najwa Jawahar

Najwa Jawahar – WSP

Having joined as a graduate engineer six years ago, Najwa is currently co-leading delivery of the 74,000 sq m Key Bridge House project, which comprises five buildings and is described by WSP as the largest refurbishment job in London.

Najwa re-launched WSP’s graduate development framework following its acquisition of Mouchel, and has been an active member of the company’s working group focusing on technical development. She also sits on the University of Leeds’ industry advisory group and was recently a keynote speaker to 250 young women at the RockingUrTeens conference.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Lianne Lawson

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Lianne Lawson

Lianne Lawson – Willmott Dixon

Her decade at Interserve has seen Lianne play a major role in several high-profile and successful projects.

She was instrumental in delivering the University of York’s £17m Piazza on time and on budget, employing several solutions to achieve considerable savings for the client. Among Lianne’s innovations was a visual sound indicator that warns workers when noise levels exceed safe parameters. She worked with a local manufacturer to develop the system, which is now being rolled out across the business.

Lianne is also the director of the Interserve Employee Foundation, to which she has committed her own time to manage events and devise fundraising activities.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jonathan May

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jonathan May

Jonathan May – Stantec Treatment

Jonathan has led Stantec’s efforts to develop digital delivery tools for Thames Water projects as part of the Eight2O alliance. He piloted the use of digital record-keeping, 4D construction simulations and commissioning check-sheets, before training other teams in their wider deployment.

On top of his everyday work, Jonathan volunteered with Engineers for Overseas Development to lead the design team on a sanitation system project in Uganda. Having spent six months of his own time contributing to the scheme’s design and planning, Stantec supported him to go to Uganda to supervise construction over a two-week period.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jeanette McLean

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Jeanette McLean

Jeanette McLean – Walker Construction UK

During 2017 Jeanette created and pioneered several ideas including a mental health initiative, which provides free confidential counselling with a licensed practitioner for not only all employees but their immediate families as well.

She is continuing to work with Job Centre Plus to develop back-to-work programmes and work experience placements, connecting with local schools as well as charities that support single parents.

Last year Jeanette created Walker Construction’s first apprenticeship programme, which has met with considerable success, and has also developed bespoke training courses in response to onsite incidents.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Neeraj Kumar Sharma

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Neeraj Kumar Sharma

Neeraj Kumar Sharma – Atkins, part of SNC Lavalin

Neeraj works in Atkins’ Global Design Centre office and is currently on the Colombo Port City development project in Sri Lanka. His work on this scheme has seen Neeraj develop a tool for statistical analysis of geotechnical test results that has drawn warm praise from his peers.

Prior to this, he formed a key part of Atkins’ work on the £1.4bn A14 Cambridge-to-Huntingdon project, demonstrating initiative and delivering work to extremely tight deadlines. Neeraj has also played a significant role in colleagues’ continuous professional development and is currently mentoring two graduate engineers. 

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Rachel Toor

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor – Shaylor Group

Rachel began her construction career aged 16 as an apprentice plumbing and gas engineer, and is now a trainee site manager with Shaylor having gained a BSc in construction management.

She recently gave a lecture on health and safety to construction management students at the University of Wolverhampton, and presented her academic research at the International Conference on Sustainable Futures in Bahrain.

Rachel is now working on the refurbishment of Wolverhampton Council’s Civic Halls, with her planning expertise ensuring that phases have been completed to tight deadlines and that the venue is ready for performances ahead of programme.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Rebecca Wade

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Rebecca Wade

Rebecca Wade – Kier

Senior bid manager Rebecca has worked on a number of major projects at Kier while also serving as a STEM ambassador.

She recently oversaw a £55m project for the University of Northampton, which Kier described as the largest light steel frame student halls project in the country – as well as the first such scheme the company had taken on.

On top of her day job, Rebecca has contributed significantly to developing an industry-wide digital apprenticeship, in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre and the National College of High-speed Rail.

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Richard Wood

CN Awards 2018 Rising Star Richard Wood

Richard Wood – Turner & Townsend

Last year saw Richard named Turner & Townsend’s account manager for Crossrail, improving client satisfaction to 89 per cent and establishing a cost-reduction initiative that produced savings of £111m in 12 months, the company says. He also played an important part in Turner & Townsend’s successful bids for work on HS2, the A303 and Crossrail 2.

Richard is involved in several external organisations and co-authored the DfT’s Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy, while also expanding his work with the Construction Leadership Council and the ICE’s Project 13.

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