Rebecca Evans was named weekly business brand editor of the year at last night’s British Society of Magazine Editors awards.
The Construction News editor won the highly-coveted award at a ceremony at The Brewery in London.
She had been shortlisted against Marcus Fairs (Dezeen), Eric Musgrave (Drapers), Damian Wild (Estates Gazette), Alastair McLellan (Health Service Journal) and Jenni Middleton (Nursing Times).
Rebecca scooped the prize for her achievements on the 143 year-old paid-for brand which, under her leadership, has grown in readership and revenue and become a must-read business magazine and website for senior managers in the sector. Most recently she has overseen the development of the new Construction News app, which has launched on iPhone and Android, offering subscribers updates throughout each day on their mobile phone or tablet.
She has also steered the growth of existing events and launch of new ones including the Construction News Summit in October 2013, which doubled in size in 2014.
The Construction News Awards is now the biggest in the industry, attracting more than 1,300 people this year.
Rebecca has also been at the forefront of portraying the industry in a positive light to the public and started the #loveconstruction campaign on Twitter in July 2013 to rally the industry. The logo is used by more than 150 companies on sites across the UK.
Rebecca is also a regular commentator on the industry in national media, appearing on national television and radio stations to promote and analyse the construction industry.
BSME Chair and Associate Editor of Harrods Publishing Guy Woodward said: “I never cease to be amazed by the creativity and ingenuity displayed by magazine editors in this country.
“What shone through this year was the hunger to embrace and exploit a hugely varied array of additional publishing formats and revenue streams – from apps to events.
“The best magazine brands are now like clubs – they’re with their readers in every aspect of their lives – on mobile, in print, online and in person,” he added.