Project Professional of the Year Award 2021

Successful project professionals drive and lead the creation of an environment that makes things happen. They carefully balance technical and management skills whilst also juggling different views and perspectives, backgrounds and personalities. They progress and focus team performance to deliver benefits to their client and other stakeholders. Judges are looking for project professionals who can demonstrate these skills in abundance to deliver significant project and/or programme benefits.  

This award is open to project, programme or portfolio managers and practitioners from all sectorsWe require entrants to this category to produce a submission of up to 1,000 words detailing how they have met the judging criteria through delivery of a project or programme where their involvement has been greater than six months. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphiconly (no text apart from captions). Video and audio is not accepted as part of the submission.  

This category consists of two stages, the first stage is the written submission mentioned above and the second stage requires all finalists to present virtually to a panel of judges.  

In this category we also encourage nominations (with the individual’s approval) from employers or colleagues. Project professionals from across the globe may apply. 

View full category criteria


PROJECT: Jacob Bould 
ENTERED BY: Rolls-Royce plc

To pioneer the jet engines of the future you need world leading testing capability. That's why, after 4.5 years of design and construction and £90M of investment Rolls-Royce Plc has transformed a car park in Derby into the biggest, smartest aero engine test facility in the world. It is called Testbed 80, is over 130 metres long and 15 metres wide and features the latest in data acquisition technology. Working with a global team I have led this project to successful delivery on time, to budget and to quality overcoming the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.


PROJECT: Diane Young 
ENTERED BY: Turner & Townsend 

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, unprecedented quantities of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) were required for front-line healthcare and key workers. I was able to manage in exceptional circumstances a multi-disciplinary team in a highly stressful situation, quickly making definitive judgements and identifying clear solutions from broad, complex or ambiguous information. I had to quickly assess and set in motion a stabilisation plan that was used as a communication plan daily within the WAR Room to senior officials to a Lord, Brigadier, Admiral, senior NHS individuals and many more. My work was of critical national importance and almost certainly saved lives. 

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