Congratulations to our Winner
Winner | Kathryn Williamson Hall, Leonardo UK
Kathryn is the Programme Manager for Radar Production at LeonardoUK, responsible for delivering E-SCAN radars for Eurofighter Typhoon. Her programme consists of several projects to deliver E-SCAN radars to numerous countries. The key project deliverable in 2022 was the production and delivery of radars for Qatar.
The Qatar Radar Production deliveries Kathryn led had direct and important impact on the Qatar operations, delivering world leading radar technology and capability and utilised in the World Cup air policing. The political and reputational importance of Kathryn’s project was also significant for UK and European industry.
Judges Special Mention | Sophie Davies, Network Rail
The Network Rail Research and Development team are happy to nominate Sophie Davies as the Young Project Professional of the year. An exceptional project manager, Sophie has had to utilise various techniques such as agile methodologies, knowledge of business change and software development to effectively deliver her projects within the Civils & Sustainability Programme.
She has managed effectively in challenging project environments and her diligent and conscientious approach to work has been demonstrated by her excellent control over the projects that she manages. Sophie always goes the extra mile to deliver excellence, informed by her commitment to diversity, inclusion and wellbeing.
Finalist | Hollie Chapman, Lexica
I have been the lead Project Manager responsible for overseeing the design of a £10m 20-bed modular ward extension at Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) for North West Anglia Trust. The project forms part of NHS England’s rapid bed capacity programme and is intended to provide urgent extra bed capacity onsite to ease existing system pressures.
At the start of the project, I established communication channels and reporting methods with the interim Project Director, ensuring clear lines of communication for essential aspects such as time, cost, quality. Key deliverables were identified, including regular reporting to the Project Director and Project Board.
Finalist | Charlotte Brew, Sellafield Ltd
Charlotte has successfully led the first ever active deployment of a quadruped robot in a radiological area. SPOT (the Boston Dynamics quadruped robot) has been successfully deployed in a hazardous environment on the Sellafield site to aid with clean-up, improving safety and efficiency for both operators and the wider work force as well as accelerating high hazard reduction.
SPOT was deployed in December 2022, meaning the whole project (i.e., from scope definition to deployment) was completed within 7 months (demonstrating Progress at Pace).
Finalist | Sebastian Goldsmith, Arcadis
I served as the Project Manager, delivering a construction contract worth £2.45m. Responsibilities included managing the contract, maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring outstanding project outcomes. The programme addressed 20 failing flood risk management assets, safeguarding over 155 households in Kent & South London. The implemented flood defences, designed to account for future sea level rise, are projected to prevent approximately £35m worth of flood damage over 50 years.
By employing innovative approaches, stakeholder engagement, and team leadership, I contributed to delivering the benefits ahead of schedule and under budget, establishing a foundation for long-term success in flood defence development.