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Charlotte is crowned North East built environment Future Leader

Charlotte Robson was crowned North East Future Leader at the Generation4Change (G4C) Awards 2023.

Charlotte was nominated by her employer, Turner & Townsend.

The awards are held in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East and Northern Counties Builders Federation (NCBF) was the headline sponsor.

G4C aims to harness the young professional voice, driving continuous improvement in the UK built environment industry and the awards evening was an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the region’s talent pool.

Charlotte will now represent the region at the national final in London at the Grosvenor Square Hotel in November.

Judges praised Charlotte, who demonstrated real commitment and passion towards the industry, playing an integral role within her company’s internal net zero and sustainability group, assisting with organising continuing professional development (CPD) events and knowledge and awareness sessions to share best practice with members of the team.

Charlotte is also an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Tees Valley, supporting career events to promote the industry and assists with the organising of events.

Highly commended categories also went to Caroline Morton, nominated by Carney Consultancy and employed by Carney CDM, Demi Hindhaugh, nominated by and employed by Turner & Townsend and Jake Feeney, nominated by and employed by FaulknerBrowns Architects.

Category award winners on the night included:

Anna Jordinson, nominated and employed by Faithful+Gould – Technical Apprentice of the Year

Harry Carney, nominated and employed by TClarke – Trade Apprentice

Rachel Stephenson, nominated and employed by Roberts Environmental – Student of the Year

Laura Alexander, nominated and employed by Turner & Townsend – New Professional of the Year

Lenny McLennon, nominated and employed by Meldrum Construction – Trainee of the Year

Anjana Raj, nominated and employed by Sir Robert McAlpine – Mentor of the Year

Carney Consultancy – Commitment to Employee Training and Development – SME

Kier Construction – Commitment to Employee Training and Development – Large Corporate

Charlotte Robson, said: “I am thrilled to be the North East region’s Future Leader winner. This really is a huge coup and I must say a big thank you to my employer Turner & Townsend who nominated me for the award and who continue to support me with my career progression.

“I am passionate about promoting the sector, supporting new professionals into the industry and to sharing my knowledge. I have greatly benefited from the experience of my colleagues and peers and really enjoy being part of wider industry initiatives such as the regional branch of NAWIC.”

Catriona Lingwood, chief executive at Constructing Excellence in the North East, said: “A huge well done to all of our winners, runners up and nominees. The G4C Awards are held in association with Constructing Excellence in the North East but it is our regional co-chairs and committee members who we must thank not just for an outstanding night but for all they do to promote young professionals throughout the year.

“We had a record number of entries this year which made it very difficult for the judges. At a time when the industry is facing a skills gap, the awards provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase career routes on offer and to see hard work being recognised.

“The night also highlights the valuable route to employment, as demonstrated by the technical and trade apprentice winners. We also applauded team members who go the extra mile to mentor people coming into the industry and shone the spotlight on organisations who are committed to training and developing the next generation of workers.

“We would like to thank all of our sponsors on the night and headline sponsor, Northern Counties Builders Federation. A very big well done must also go to Charlotte Robson who we will be supporting when she travels to the capital later this year to represent the region at the national finals.”


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