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1 DEC 2018

Construction role model triumphs at Young Surveyor of the Year Awards

Laura Collins, a quantity surveyor in London, has been named 'UK Young Surveyor of the Year' for her outstanding achievements in the construction industry. Laura's award comes after beating off tough competition from over 75 shortlisted surveyors from all over the UK at the annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, held on Friday 30 November.

Laura Collins, currently working as an Associate at Rider Levett Bucknall, also won the Quantity Surveying & Construction category before being named 'Young Surveyor of the Year.' This title is awarded to the category winner who has not only achieved significant success in their role and sector, but who also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to inspire the next generation and improve the wider industry and profession.

Laura entered the profession as an apprentice at the age of 18, and then worked her way up the career ladder, becoming a chartered surveyor at 23 and the youngest person in her firm to be promoted to the role of Associate Director before the age of 30. Her project success – which includes helping to deliver the Salesforce Tower, a London landmark providing 440,869 sq ft of Grade A office space – has led to many clients worldwide specifically asking to work with Laura.

RICS judges were also impressed by her commitment to attracting and retaining diverse talent in the industry; encouraging peers to progress through her work as a mentor; her role on Rider Levett Bucknall's Futures Board; and her work with the Princes Trust to introduce disadvantaged people into the sector.

Laura is an exemplary professional who is ambitious, astute and a fantastic role model. Her drive and determination to succeed, and to provide the best work for clients and her employer is impressive and admirable, and I hope her quick career progression and commitment to inspiring the next generation demonstrates to others just what can be achieved in our industry in a short space of time with motivation and initiative.

Anna Keys
Calfordseaden LLP and Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board

Your winners

The winners of the RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards, 2018 are:

  • Asset/Facilities Management - James Ryan of AA Projects, North West
  • Apprentice of the Year – Uwais Paderwala of Gardiner & Theobald, London
  • Building Surveying – Jonathan Wright of Bidwells LLP, East of England
  • Land (Rural and Urban) - Rachel Kirk of Fisher German, North West
  • Mentor of the Year - Ashley Cooper of Edward Cooper Young Chartered Surveyors (ECY), East Midlands
  • Project Management – Ben Senior of Arcadis, West Midlands
  • Quantity Surveying & Construction – Laura Collins of Rider Levett Bucknall, London
  • Valuation – Vijay Singh of Lambert Smith Hampton, Yorkshire & Humber

Head judge, Anna continued: "This year's winners fill me with confidence that the future of the surveying profession is in good hands, as we see these future leaders recognised for their outstanding achievements, innovation, and going above and beyond. They will help ensure our industry attracts and retains bright talent. Congratulations to all our winners, and well done to their employers for supporting them in their journeys. It's often this valuable support and nurture that makes all the difference in an individual's career progression."

The winners were announced at a black-tie ceremony on 30 November at the Park Plaza, London Riverbank Hotel and were hosted by stand-up comedian Cally Beaton.