The awards, held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel on Friday 14 November, celebrated the best and most inspirational young surveyors in the country, and Faithful+Gould saw two of its staff pick up three of the night’s top awards, winning both the project management and quantity surveying categories, plus the overall Young Surveyor of the Year. A further two more staff were highly commended in two of the categories.
Aislinn Wood, project manager in Faithful+Gould’s Edinburgh office, won the night’s biggest award after being crowned the 2014 Young Surveyor of the Year. This award is picked from the 11 winners of the individual categories and showcases the very best young surveyor in the country.
Earlier that night Aislinn won the project manager of the year award. She won this for her outstanding client work on a new £25m hospice development, plus for her innovative approach developing new internal systems and processes that have been praised externally by auditors. More recently she has been selected on to Faithful+Gould’s management development programme.
“This award is beyond my expectation and I’m thrilled. I joined Faithful+Gould as a student work placement and they have supported me all the way through my career, helping me complete both my MSc whilst working, and my APC. I’m really proud of what I have achieved already, working on five capital projects with a combined value of £75m, plus I mentor junior members of staff for their APC. Hopefully I can inspire other young surveyors to join and succeed in the industry,” said Aislinn.
“This award is beyond my expectation and I’m thrilled."
Aislinn Wood, Faithful+Gould's Project Manager
Picking up the second big award of the night, Andrew Horsman, senior quantity surveyor in Faithful+Gould’s Newcastle office, won the quantity surveying category for his exceptional work across multiple clients, including being Employer’s Agent on £17m commercial development in Newcastle.
Crowning Faithful+Gould’s most successful night ever at the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year awards, two further commendations were forthcoming. Sophie Horner, quantity surveyor in the Leeds office, was highly commended in the quantity surveying category, and Anne Soulsby, building surveyor also in the Leeds office, was highly commended in the building surveying category.
"...to win two of the biggest categories in QS and PM, and to then see Aislinn crowned the overall Young Surveyor of the Year, was simply outstanding."
Jon Sealy, Faithful+Gould's UK and Europe Managing Director
Jon Sealy, UK and Europe managing director of Faithful+Gould, said: "Retaining and developing the next generation of young professionals is the single biggest issue we face as an industry. These awards give independent, objective recognition and showcase the achievements of young surveyors for others to aspire to. Before the awards to have six project managers and surveyors short listed was due recognition of their talents, but to win two of the biggest categories in QS and PM, and to then see Aislinn crowned the overall Young Surveyor of the Year, was simply outstanding. It’s also testament not only to them, but also to the hard work we put in as a company to mentoring and CPD support which builds confidence and careers.”