Young Project Professional of the Year Award 2021

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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 (Monday 21 June 2021)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. 

View full category criteria


PROJECT: Jess Tray 

The pandemic has disproportionately affected Londoners from minority ethnic communities and those experiencing inequalities. To address this, Good Thinking (a digital NHS mental health service) sought to produce specific, relatable and culturally competent content to help those communities access support. Since joining the team in December 2020, Jess has worked with faith communities, local councils, and the NHS across London to mobilise, design and deliver a project that has produced culturally competent resources to support Londoner’s mental health. Her approach has been praised as “courageous”, using an agile, innovative and people-focused approach to help some of London’s most disadvantaged communities. 


PROJECT: Alice Burke 
ENTERED BY: The Manufacturing Technology Centre 

The medical industry uses expensive refrigerators as a storage solution for vaccines, yet the leading cause of vaccine waste is improper cooling. This project has developed an innovative demonstrator prototype cooling solution designed to keep vaccines, such as for Covid-19, at constant temperatures throughout storage, distribution and administration. This product offers a safe and secure method of transporting huge numbers of vaccinations in a controlled, smart environment and has the potential to aid mass vaccination distribution. 


PROJECT: Aanchal Chaturvedi 
ENTERED BY: Turner & Townsend 

Aanchal is an inspiring project manager who most recently enabled the delivery of numerous workstreams for the Network Rail Werrington Grade Separation project including a UK-First - jacking of a 155m long 11,000-tonne curved concrete box underneath the East Coast Main Line, while maintaining an operational railway. She brings international engineering and project management experience and is known for her commitment to project outcomes, ability to work with senior leadership teams, her collaborative approach with supply chain and stakeholders, and her can-do attitude. She drives successful, timely and on-budget programme outcomes through leading by example and delivering exceptional technical performance. 


PROJECT: Hannah Latham 

Hannah is a Change Consultant within the Group Change Department at NFU Mutual. NFU Mutual is a leading Insurance Provider, owned by and run for 900,000+ members. The organisation has over 300 local agencies offering a bespoke, personalised service; customer needs are at the heart of everything we do. The Group Change team at NFU Mutual consists of a wide range of change professionals. The organisation has a large and complex portfolio of projects and programmes and as such, it is vitally important to govern consistently. Hannah led the extensive NFU Mutual Change Framework Implementation project to design, develop and implement a consistent framework for the organisation to ensure the successful management of the portfolio.


PROJECT: Josh Wilkinson

Josh joined WSP’s Planning and Advisory Project Management Office (PMO) at 23 and became the Project Manager for the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) project. With over 2,000 land interests impacted by the 15km of railway improvement works, TRU is one WSP’s largest infrastructure planning projects. Despite the challenges of COVID, Josh successfully managed an international project team to deliver a full suite of Land services to support Network Rail's planning application. Upon completion, Josh had delivered the project on time, within budget, and exceeded quality standards. 


PROJECT: Clara Lenzi 

Clara Lenzi started her project management career as an Apprentice in 2017 on the largest infrastructure project in Europe – HS2 LTD. Clara is a Project Manager, leading on four £64m ventilation shafts through construction, completion of the mobilisation of Project Teams to site locations and delivery of the first physical works to be carried out by the Contractor for the tunnel alignment from Euston – West Ruislip. Clara recently becoming a Member of the APM and an NEC3 ECC Accredited Project Manager. She’s studying for a part-time Project Management degree. Clara is demonstrating remarkable drive, determination, to keep learning and improving.

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