Here are the finalists for the Project Management category

Louis Crosbie - VINCI Construction

Louis is an Assistant Supervisor for VINCI Construction UK in Liverpool.  He is particularly proud of his experiences at VINCI, including the opportunity to learn brand new skills through courses such as SSSTS which has given him more authority and responsibility at work.

Louis has worked with the Prince’s Trust  on a project to help get young people into construction, providing team building exercises and interviewing the young people. He also worked on a programme called Women in Construction providing pupils at an all girls school with inspirational games and tasks around the careers in construction. This included building ‘mini houses’ which were entered in to a competition where the winners were taken on a tour of the construction phase of their new school.

Nochum Dewhurst MCIOB C.Build E MCABE MICWCI AssocRICS - Dewhurst Consulting

Nochum is the Director of Dewhurst Consult Ltd in London.  At the age of just 26, he is a Chartered professional and the Director of a Chartered Building Consultancy. He is currently acting as clients’ agents for a number of high net-worth individuals in the private sector on multiple high-end residential projects with a combined development value of £50m. Nochum was also elected as the youngest member (MICWCI) of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate.

Nochum has also set up a charity called Community Construct which arranges for contractors to carry out free or cost price essential repairs in the homes of the less fortunate.

Nochum’s passion for the construction industry encourages him to promote it as a career of choice. He regularly attends CIOB Novus meetings, and provides university students with site visit opportunities to support their studies on a pro-bono basis. He also volunteers within Jewish schools to inspire pupils about what the industry has to offer in terms of trade and professional careers.

Jelena Kiselova - BRE

Jelena is a Sustainability Consultant at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Jelena has always been interested in green construction initiatives and renewable energy technologies, and has always felt it especially important to have different technical, economic and social perspectives on sustainable construction going forward.

She is proud to have achieved 2 MSc degrees: Environmental Engineering from Riga Technical University, and Environmental Management from Coventry University, and the City & Guilds Professional Development Award in Project Management.

Since working for BRE, Jelena has been managing projects relating to the energy efficiency impact of individual housing schemes. She has undertaken research and consultancy activities and her latest report “Green Mortgages and Energy Performance” for Wales Low Zero Carbon Hub (WLZCH) is soon to be published.

Jelena was also selected from among hundreds of young people to represent the European Union Youth in the Youth G20 summit in Australia where she was part of the “Sustainable Development” committee and contributed to the development of Sustainable construction recommendations for the G20 countries leaders.

Jaime Pedrosa - Rise Management Consultant

Jaime is a Project Management Consultant for RISE Management Consulting. At the age of 20, Jaime joined his family’s property development business to help his parents run the business and live projects. They acted as client and contractor, searching and acquiring sites, funding schemes with capital and a business overdraft and directly employing labour and purchasing materials. Jaime had the opportunity to learn a great deal about construction and business.

Over the last 5 years, Jaime has also been undertaking a distance learning degree in Construction Management, fully self-funded. He completed his studies in 2014, achieving a 2:1 degree while working in very demanding job roles. He also wishes to further his studies by taking a distance learning MBA. 

Elizabeth Sanderson - CH2M HILL

Elizabeth is an Assistant Project Manager with CH2M HILL in Berkshire, working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. Just 15 months into her already successful career, Elizabeth broke her back in a serious riding accident which required 6 weeks immobilised in hospital followed by a period of recovery. Elizabeth’s resolve to recuperate and return to work was subsequently recognised by her company with a performance award for her determination to return to a full contribution at work.

Elizabeth helped set up the Thames Tideway Tunnel Women in Construction Forum which aims to use an existing infrastructure project to radically improve the gender diversity of the construction industry. They work on practical ways to increase the number of women in the workforce.

Elizabeth is also a STEM ambassador, an active member of her company's Junior and Mid level Professional (JuMP) network to support and develop junior staff within the company. Outside work, Elizabeth recently completed a 100 mile walk around the Isle of Man to raise over £6,000 for Spinal Research as a thank you to the medical specialists who helped her recover from her broken back.

Katie Tarsey - Rise Management Consultant

Katie is a Project Manager for RISE Management Consulting. She left school aged 16 and trained to become a beauty therapist before joining Mace as a receptionist with no initial intention of pursuing a career in construction.

Whilst at Mace, Katie started to learn about the industry and was later promoted to Senior Project Officer on the delivery of the Hertfordshire Building Schools for the Future programme. When the Programme Director moved to Croydon Council, Katie successfully applied for a role as an Assistant Project Manager and had to undertake a 4 hour daily commute for this new role.  

In order to further her career, Katie undertook a construction-related degree to support her role and expand her understanding of the subject. She secured a place for a BSc in Construction Management at University of Westminster and funded the course by herself.

At Rise, Katie acts as a mentor for colleagues who, like her, may not have followed the conventional route into Project Management. She provides support on a daily basis, assisting with reviewing documents and providing guidance on how to approach work and academic matters.

Nazma Uddin - Rise Management Consultant

Nazma is a Consultant Project Manager at RISE Management Consulting. At 22, with no prior experience of project management or working on site, she successfully delivered a construction project, refurbishing an existing 450 pupil boys school to accommodate 900 girls in just six months.  

She was also offered a place on the Mace Graduate Management Training Programme and was the only female graduate recruited that year. More recently Nazma has project managed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion project which won an NLA award in 2013 and she is currently managing a £22m apart/hotel project on the Southbank.  

Nazma is a member of the Conservation Area Design Review Panel for her local council and is also a volunteer on the sub-panel for the Whitechapel Area Panel, reviewing planning applications that the Planning Officers would like some guidance and assistance on.