Awards 2014

We had a wonderful evening celebrating with our winners at the Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme 2014. Here are all our winners and those who were highly commended. Congratulations to everyone. You can also see pictures of the evening here.

Overall Winner

Gary Fowler, J. Breheny Contractors

Watch this video of Chairman of Trustees and Overall winner judge Rod Bennion on why we chose Gary as the overall winner of The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme.

Judges comments:

“Someone saw something in Gary and gave him a chance as a labourer, he took that chance with both hands.  He’s made a fabulous career in the last ten years, he has educated himself, and he is now a site agent with that same company.  He has also decided to educate himself and has done a foundation degree and is now planning to become a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, what a fabulous role model for this industry.”

Construction Delivery

Winner - Gary Fowler, J. Breheny Contractors

Watch a video of Andrew Link, Construction Delivery judge on why we chose Gary as our winner.

Judges comments:

“Entering the industry in his late teens as a groundwork Gary has swiftly moved into a senior management position. He has an excellent understanding of the diverse skills needed in delivering projects and understands the importance of building relationships with clients and his suppliers to make a project a success.

Gary demonstrated that it is possible to progress rapidly in construction with the right amount of passion and dedication which he demonstrated.”

“During his interview Gary ably demonstrated his willingness to mentor and train help others who are starting form a similar career position, he acts as a good role model of what can be achieved through hard work and determination. In summary Gary has demonstrated all of the key skills and attributes that the award scheme champions and was a worthy winner of this category.”


Highly Commended - Victoria Turner, United House

Watch this video of awards judge Andrew Link explaining why Victoria is highly commended for Construction Delivery.

Judges comments:

“Victoria demonstrated passion and enthusiasm during her presentation. This is no doubt part of the reason as to how she has managed to break an industry norm on the projects she delivers by encouraging more women to join in.

As the first graduate within United House’s programme Victoria appears to be contributing to a culture of change and inclusion which is great not just for her and United house but for the industry as a whole.”

Design and Architecture 

Winner - Jordan Jones, AECOM

Watch a video of Lynne Sullivan, awards judge on why we chose Jordan as our Design and Architecture winner.

Judges comments:

“Jordan was a stand-out winner who showed excellent specialist technical, communication skills and a talent for innovation. His journey from a broken family background through education and work placements to full-time employment is an inspiration to the younger generation which often find barriers to entry in the world of consultancy. He overcame challenges through determination, dedication and an enquiring mind that seeks to continually develop his skills. He persevered despite the odds and is now working as a specialist in a department of an international multi-disciplinary consultancy. He has supported others in his quest for success and will be a good role model for those from similar circumstances.”


Winner - Victoria Martin, Expedition Engineering

Watch a video of Albert Taylor, awards judge on why we chose Victoria as our Engineering winner.

Judges comments:

“An outstanding, charismatic candidate who has achieved a lot in her career. Also prolific in getting the message about construction out there. Very mature in terms of understanding the industry and the challenges it faces in attracting and retaining women and talent in general. Incredibly analytical. A real champion for the industry and a real change agent.”

“I believe Victoria Martin to be an exceptional candidate for this award. She has an excellent understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie within the scope of Structural Engineering.”


Highly Commended  - Brett Holmes, BAM Nuttall

Watch our video of awards judge Albert Taylor on why Brett is highly commended for Engineering.

Judges comments:

 “Brett was totally inspirational, the hardship he had overcome, the passion and dedication he had shown to pursue his path into gaining a construction qualification was truly remarkable. Brett is charismatic, warm and has a zeal for construction, family and life that sweeps you away. Truly humbling.”

Project Management 

Harriet Bower, Balfour Beatty

Watch this video of Assad Maqbool, awards judge on why we chose Harriet as winner of the Project Management category.

Judges comments:

“Harriet's enthusiasm and dedication to her role as bid manager for Balfour Beatty is obvious in meeting and speaking to her. She has achieved an extraordinary amount given her severe dyslexia and her difficulties with this have clearly only made her more determined to work hard and succeed in a field where her learning difficulties impact directly. She was also keen to link her on-site experience to her bid management and to integrate her work with the delivery team.

Her charming personality also came across in her interview and she talked with genuine care about her roles organising her company's volunteering programme, delivering a talk to her old school, and mentoring a pupil from that school.”


Winner - Jonathon Baylie, VINCI Construction UK

Watch this video of Simon Johnson, awards judge on why we chose Jonathon as winner of the Surveying category.

Judges comments:

“Jonathan’s passion for construction is inspiring. He clearly has boundless energy, which he funnels in the right direction.  His enthusiasm is infectious and he clearly has the ability to inspire others. I have no doubt that he could be a powerful advocate for the industry amongst the young. Whilst having a broad range of interests, it’s good to see that he is also very focussed on the day job – he is obviously a conscientious, hard working individual, with an eye for the detail and a strong desire to be the best at what he does.


Highly Commended  - Mohammed Usman Shah, Costain

Watch this video of Simon Johnson, awards judge on why Mohammed is highly commended for Surveying.

Judges comments: 

“Mohammed really impressed the panel. He has shown great determination to succeed and great loyalty to those who support him. He is a natural innovator and is building a unique role within Costain.” 

“An extremely dynamic individual, driven by a passion for the industry and a burning desire to succeed.  An absolute self starter, with the ability to think laterally and well outside the boundaries that constrain most of us Quantity Surveyors! Definitely one to watch for the future.”