25 APR 2017

Final judging day for BakerHicks trio in WICE Awards

BakerHicks employees Lauren Jones, Melissa Lee-Johnson and Abby Neal attended the final judging day for the prestigious Women in Construction & Engineering (WICE) Awards on 24 April. The awards seek to recognise the most exemplary women in construction and engineering across Europe.

The three joined all of this year’s finalists in London for the day, where they were each interviewed by a panel of independent judges comprised of senior executives from across various industries. These interviews will decide the winners. As well as their interviews the finalists had the opportunity to participate in panel discussions on key industry topics led by a number of industry experts and to network with other finalists, the guest speakers and judges.

Lauren Jones Wice Judging Day Website

Lauren Jones (second from right) lines up with the Best Women Mechanical and Electrical Engineer finalists. 

Lauren, who joined BakerHicks as a trainee straight out of school and has developed into a highly competent junior Building Services Engineer, is a finalist in the Best Woman Electrical and Mechanical Engineer category. She has thoroughly enjoyed her awards journey, saying:

“The WICE judging day was a really enjoyable experience and a great opportunity to network with some truly inspirational women within our industry. It was so interesting to hear their journeys, how they got to where they are today and some of the challenges they faced along the way. I hope these awards continue to expand in the future, they really do inspire young people and help show them the opportunities the industry has to offer.”
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Melissa Lee-Johnson presenting to the judges at her interview. 

Melissa, a finalist in the Best Woman Facilities Manager category, has successfully led a highly experienced team of CAD Designers and Engineers to deliver Managed Services to a leading defence contractor with a NET Promoter Score consistently above 85%. She comments on her experience:

“I’m proud to have got to this stage. It wasn’t the nerve-wracking experience you would associate with a judging day; it was a fun and interesting day and an incredible opportunity to meet so many inspirational people within our industry and not just to hear industry leaders speak but to take part in debates and discussions with them. I came away from the day inspired by the people I’d met and opportunities the industry offers.”
Abby Neal Wice Judging Day Web

Abby Neal is interviewed by the judges. 

Abby, who has made a success out of her role as BakerHicks’ Civil and Structural Engineering representative at our Heathrow office, is a finalist in the Best Young Woman Engineer category. She reflects on being involved in such an acclaimed awards scheme:

“It’s been a rollercoaster of nerves, excitement, opportunity and achievement. The whole journey has been a fantastic experience and I have met so many influential and successful people along the way. So much hard work goes into these awards from everyone involved and the judging day was something I will never forget. I’ve already achieved far more than I ever imagined I could by being a finalist. And, as challenging as it has been, I’ve enjoyed every second!”

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 24 May at the Hilton Bankside, London. Good luck to all!

Images courtesy of Peter Jones Photography: http://www.peterjones.photography/