Finalists - Young Project Professional of the Year Award 2022

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Recognising talent in those aged 29 years or under who are progressing through the early stages of their project management career.  

In our young project professional of the year category the judges are looking for project practitioners who are demonstrating excellence in the delivery of their project(s) and/or programme(s), showing thoughtful engagement with the companies and clients they work with, and contributing to the profession more widely.  
This award is open to project, programme or portfolio managers and practitioners aged 29 years or under at the entry closing date (16 June 2022). We 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 where their involvement has been greater than six months. Entrants may also submit up to four supporting images or graphics only (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 all sectors, and from across the globe, may apply.

Congratulations to all our finalists listed in this category below ...


PROJECT: Sam Bernard, Balfour Beatty

Sam has taken an unorthodox approach to his career, in which he began in Pre-Construction before moving into Operations. He has garnered a unique perspective of the ‘whole’ project and an ability to see the ‘Big Picture’. He applies this customercentric mindset on the projects he manages to deliver a value for money and positively sustainable product that satisfies each Client. Sam is a worthy winner of the Rising Star award as within just three years, he has proven an ability to deliver jobs and exhibited a strong desire to go that extra mile to drive real improvements for stakeholders.


PROJECT: Daisy Hawkins, PA Consulting

My application my time spent leading activities within the Vaccine Task Force (VTF) Project Management Office in 2021. My work within the VTF PMO started in March 2021 and spanned the timeframe of when a vaccine did exist, but the difficult challenge of a high-volume roll-out still persisted. My application specifies how I led and drove improvements within the VTF PMO structure and how I directly added value and motivated her project team to success. Please note it is written in third person.


PROJECT: Olivia McBarnet, Faithful+Gould

Olivia is the Designated Funds Lead for Regional Investment Programme and Yorkshire North-East schemes. She works alongside the Designated Funds team, leading Major Project teams and third parties to identify and produce proposals that successfully complete the application process, building robust business cases to successfully secure monies. Olivia supports the set-up of delivery structures, whilst innovating to streamline the process within National Highways and third parties, encouraging a strong pipeline of viable proposals, delivering long-term benefits to communities.


PROJECT: Jessica Rehan, Network Rail

I led the successful delivery of the Digital Stations Programme; a major £28m programme to deploy state of the art, free WiFi infrastructure at 19 UK Network Rail managed stations. In the short-term, passenger satisfaction increased. A common complaint had been no WiFi, now stations average over 120mbs, and some 400mbs; faster than most home broadband. In the longer term, WiFi encouraged higher station footfall, so critical in the post-COVID period, increasing retail outlet revenue. Take up has been impressive; over 400,000 subscribers every month and satisfaction scores of 4.2/5.


PROJECT: Rose Young, No7 Beauty Company

2021 saw unprecedented challenges for delivery into the retail environment, in particular when it comes to seasonal gifting where time constraints are heightened. The No7 Beauty Company Holiday Programme encompasses 9 individual projects, spanning global markets and comprising of 50 million unit components. It is renowned for its complexity and siloed processes. Rose has showed tenacity and enthusiasm in her leadership of the programme, driving for simplification, challenging the norm and engaging the full team on the journey. At only 25 her progress and impact within the gifting programme has been outstanding and fully deserves recognition.

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