Comedian Susan Calman will help young achievers celebrate

We are delighted to announce that comedian Susan Calman is confirmed as the host for the 5th annual awards The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme 2016.

Susan Calman is a stand up comic, writer and actress and a regular on radio 4 and our TV screens. She has appeared on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Now Show, Dilemma, So Wrong it’s Right on radio 4 and has presented Woman’s Hour. She recently recorded her first sit com for Radio 4 and has also started work on her third solo series for the station. Most recently, she presented ‘Listomania’ for BBC Radio 2.

Susan has also acted in How Not to Live your Life”, Rab C Nesbitt, Dead Boss and Fresh Meat. She’s also appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI (which she won), Don’t Sit In The Front Row, Comedy Rocks, Show and Tell, The Matt Lucas Awards, Dara O’Briain’s School of Hard Sums, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie To You and Comedy at the Fringe.

Christine Townley, Executive Director of the Trust said, “we’re delighted to have someone as funny and talented as Susan to help us celebrate the best of the young talent in the industry at Then Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme awards. It will be an amazing night and we are all looking forward to it – we hope you can all join us. The standard of entries so far is fantastic but there is still some time to enter.”

The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers scheme is a great opportunity for exceptional young professionals under 30 working in construction and the built environment to be commended and celebrated for their achievements. And having a comedian like Susan Calman will help make the night extra special for the young people.

Due to requests from construction companies, we have extended the deadline by 2 weeks and so there is still a last chance to enter – the deadline is now Friday 20th November.

There are five categories to enter:

  • Construction Delivery
  • Design, Planning and Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Surveying

One of the category winners is chosen as Overall Winner of the awards scheme. Finalists are judged by a panel of industry experts through a process of presentations and interviews.

They will be looking for young people who have not only achieved excellence in their careers so far, but who have had to overcome barriers and challenges or social disadvantage to get to where they are. They also look for those who go the extra mile by being involved with activities or initiatives that benefit the community or the construction industry.

Each winner will receive a cash prize and a unique development opportunity through the Trust with a one year mentoring programme to enable them to make an even greater impact in the years to come. To enter, applicants must be under the age of 30 on 30th January 2016.

For further information on the awards and how to apply please visit

The awards are being sponsored this year by CITB, AECOM Arcadis, CIOB and KPMG. To find out how you can sponsor the awards please contact John Graham at