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Women in Property Yorkshire & North East celebrates regional property and construction Student Awards

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L-R: Kate Girling, Savills (national award sponsor), David Timbs, Christopher Smith Associates (regional awards sponsor), Sinead Burke, Highly Commended (Leeds College of Building), Weronika Pawlowska, winner (University of Sheffield), Eunice John, winner (Leeds Beckett University), Erica Bell, Linden Homes (national awards sponsor), Lindsay Ramsden, Avant Hones (Regional Chair of Women in Property), Hannah Richardson, Spawforths (Student Awards Tsarina for Women in Property Yorkshire & North East)

The talent, skills and ambition of the region’s female property and construction student undergraduates were celebrated at the annual Yorkshire & North East Women in Property Student Awards, held at Squire Patton Boggs LLP in Leeds on 11th June.

The Student Awards, seek out the best Built Environment degree students, highlighting to industry the necessity to link with universities early in the education process and also improve the students’ knowledge of the career options available to them. Many secure work placements as a direct result of competing in the Awards, which often translate into permanent positions upon graduation.

The Yorkshire & North East contenders went before a judging panel comprising industry professionals from development, construction, surveying and engineering. Because of the number of high calibre students competing for the 2019 Yorkshire & North East Student Award, the judges made two awards:

• Eunice John is in her second year studying Architectural Technology at Leeds Beckett University. The judges described her as “well spoken, engaging and confident, she gave a first class presentation, exemplary for someone so early in their career.”
• Weronika Pawlowska is in her second year studying Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield. The judges described her as “very personable, hard-working and with bags of enthusiasm, a fantastic student, visionary and very confident.”

Women in Property branch Chairman, Lindsay Ramsden of Avant Homes, said, “This generation of property and construction professionals is entering the industry at a critical time, when every one of us must adopt a duty of care for our environment and our communities. These inspirational young women have demonstrated the skills, commitment and ingenuity the country will need in future and we are delighted to have met them during the course of this competition. Congratulations to all of them and, in particular to Eunice and Weronika – we wish them every success in the national final.”

David Timbs from Christopher Smith Associates, who are supporting the Yorkshire & North East Student Awards for a 4th consecutive year, said, “Once again the calibre of all candidates was outstanding, and all deserve congratulations for being nominated for the regional judging. I give full and proper acknowledgement for their dedication, commitment and passion in their respective fields, in particular Eunice and Weronika – the future of our Industry is certainly in good hands. I wish both Eunice and Weronika equally well and every success in the National Final in September.”

Eunice and Weronika each receive a trophy, £300 and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s acclaimed mentoring programme. They will represent Yorkshire & the North East on 18th September, when they go before a national judging panel, competing against 13 other regional finalists for the National Student Awards, which are sponsored by Bouygues, Linden Homes and Savills.

The winner will be announced at the Best of the Best Awards dinner, to be held at Claridge’s on 18th September. This year 137 students were nominated for the Awards, across eight of Women in Property’s branches. 14 were selected to go through to the Final.