Blog: Be Inspired! Young Achiever Award 2017

05 February 2018

Now the G4C Future Leader Award (Sponsored by Tarmac)

Mike Heptonstall, winner of last year’s Young Achiever of the year award is an Associate Director within Turner & Townsend and specialises in project management for the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.

As part of his role, Mike oversees the Turner & Townsend project management service seconded into Network Rail Crossrail which includes over 10 senior project managers who are helping to enable Crossrail’s successful delivery. He directly acts as the Project Manager for the Old Oak Common Paddington (OOCPA) project, as part of the Network Rail-Crossrail West On-Network Infrastructure Programme. OOCPA is a £115m complex rail infrastructure project integrating the Great Western Mainline with the new Crossrail Tunnel at Westbourne Park in the East and the new Crossrail Depot at Old Oak Common.

As well as these projects, he is also the operations and investment lead for Turner & Townsend’s infrastructure project management London business and responsible for leading, managing and delivering the operational, finance and investment business plan. Under his influence, this area of the business has experienced year on year growth over the past three years.

Mike has had a diverse career; his background focused on the water sector where he worked in senior positions at Thames Water and Southern Water. Transitioning to rail is quite unique given the very different regulatory and operating environments and as a General Manager for Browne Construction he was responsible for a combined portfolio of capital and maintenance programmes.

The judges commented that, “Mike best epitomised what the judges wanted to see in a future leader of the industry. He demonstrated excellent all-round skills and ability as a Project Manager and the soft skills and empathy required of a leader.”

This year the Young Achiever category has been replaced by the G4C Future Leader category. G4C is a driving force for industry change, through the development and connection of future industry leaders. The award is open to a person with less than ten years’ experience in the construction and built environment sector (typically less than 35 years of age).

It will also be sponsored by Tarmac, a CRH company, is the UK’s leading sustainable building materials and construction solutions business. Tarmac combines the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry’s most iconic brands:  Tarmac, the pioneers of the modern road and Blue Circle, the company that patented Portland Cement.

Entries are now open for the G4C Future Leader category as well as 14 other’s – you can find out more about how to enter and to register here. Entries for the 2018 awards close on the 5th of March.

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