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The finest Rising Stars of construction revealed


26th November 2020

After 42 years of recognising the construction managers at the peak of their career, the Construction Manager of the Year Awards (CMYA) is now rewarding those at the beginning of their career with the Rising Star Award.

Kelly Attwood and Vasiliki Bowler are the award’s gold medallists, while Annabel Clark has won the silver medal. With just 14 years of experience combined, this year’s winners are a shining example of the high quality of professionalism exhibited throughout the sector.

Kelly Attwood, a graduate site manager at Morgan Sindall, was praised for her “exemplary attitude” and “inquisitive nature” by colleagues, as well as a true passion for construction. In a little over two years, Kelly has already worked on a number of projects, including leading a £10 million Design and Build three-storey modular building.

Vasiliki Bowler, who has worked in the built environment for six years and been with Faithful + Gould for the past four, has managed projects including for the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the London Metropolitan University (LMU) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Clients expressed appreciation for Vasiliki’s ability to meet expectations “precisely and consistently”, and well as tackling numerous requests and alterations in light of the current worldwide pandemic.

Annabel Clark, a Senior Consultant in Faithful+Gould’s Strategic Asset Management Team, gained recognition for her work on the Barnsley Blood Centre Project from her employer Faithful + Gould. Annabel was clear on objectives, always available and fully engaged, which contributed to her positive impact on the project. She showcases the full spectrum of consultancy skills, from technical to commercial, to a high level, with expertise in sustainability, life cycle costing, facilities management and asset management.


Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the CIOB, said:

“I was delighted to launch this new award earlier this year as it’s so important to showcase the best of the emerging talent in our industry. Our first ever winners of the Rising Star award have exceeded my expectations, truly demonstrating all the attributes of the best and most professional managers in construction. They were praised for their consistency and delivery of quality, along with their positive attitudes, passion and commitment. I’m thrilled that we are able to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and professionalism exhibited by some of the future leaders of our industry.”

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