Young professionals recognised in new “Rising Star” CMYA awards

After 42 years of recognising the construction managers at the peak of their career, the Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA), run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), has begun acknowledging those at the beginning of their career with the "Rising Star Awards".

Kelly Attwood (pictured left) and Vasiliki Bowler (centre) are the award’s inaugural gold medallists, while Annabel Clark (pictured right) has won the silver medal.

Announcing the awards, the CIOB said that with just 14 years of experience combined, this year’s winners "are a shining example of the high quality of professionalism exhibited throughout the sector".

Kelly Attwood, a graduate site manager at Morgan Sindall, was praised for her "exemplary attitude" and "inquisitive nature" by colleagues, as well as a true passion for construction.

In a little over two years, Atwood has already worked on a number of projects, including leading a £10m design-and-build three-storey modular building.

Vasiliki Bowler, who has worked in the built environment for six years and been with Faithful + Gould for the past four, has managed projects including for London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, the London Metropolitan University and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Clients expressed appreciation for Bowler’s ability to meet expectations "precisely and consistently", and well as tackling numerous requests and alterations in light of the current worldwide pandemic.

Annabel Clark, a senior consultant in Faithful + Gould’s Strategic Asset Management Team, gained recognition for her work on the Barnsley Blood Centre Project.

She was clear on objectives, always available and fully engaged, which contributed to her positive impact on the project, her employer said.

Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the CIOB, said: "I was delighted to launch this new award earlier this year as it’s so important to showcase the best of the emerging talent in our industry.

"Our first ever winners of the Rising Star award have exceeded my expectations, truly demonstrating all the attributes of the best and most professional managers in construction. They were praised for their consistency and delivery of quality, along with their positive attitudes, passion and commitment. I’m thrilled that we are able to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and professionalism exhibited by some of the future leaders of our industry."

Click here to read more about this year’s Rising Stars.

Image: Kelly Attwood, left, and Vasiliki Bowler, centre, are the award’s inaugural gold medallists, while Annabel Clark, right, has won the silver medal (CIOB)

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