Blog: G4C Future Leader SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Rikkie Letch (Willmott Dixon)

09 June 2020

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G4C Future Leader SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Rikkie Letch (Willmott Dixon)

After joining Willmott Dixon’s management trainee programme in 2015, Rikkie has gone on to impress colleagues, customers and supply chain partners across the business. Rikkie is an Assistant Project Surveyor, providing financial and contractual management expertise on key projects for the business and ensuring the successful delivery of customer contracts. He works closely with internal departments and supply chain partners to streamline processes, review best practice and identify cost savings.

He has been integral on a number of key projects, including the £26 million Bristol Court project to create 94 specialist care homes for people over 55. Rikkie also regularly identifies potential inefficiencies in the way costing for bids are managed, effectively creating a new process to proactively identify inefficient designs instantly and manage the commercial impact more effectively.

Rikkie has helped with Willmott Dixon’s Trainee Challenge, helping to restore Ryder House, part of the West Kent YMCA, and empowering vulnerable people from the area to realise their career ambitions teaching vulnerable young people basic construction skills and helping them to pursue careers in the industry and raising awareness of mental wellbeing.

Creating a legacy with the YMCA and empowering young people

As part of Willmott Dixon’s social impact programme, Rikkie was tasked with leading a team to restore Ryder House – part of the West Kent YMCA – and empower vulnerable people to realise their career ambitions. The West Kent YMCA supports individuals facing challenges such as homelessness, drug abuse or family breakdown.

Rikkie was instrumental in leading the team and engaging with the charity and the supply chain to garner support to deliver training and provide the necessary materials for the refurbishment. During Rikkie’s project, seven young people were trained in construction skills over a three-week period, with five going on to pursue a career in the sector as a result. Together, they redecorated 1,300m2 of internal walls and revamped the garden, refitting patios, upcycling pallets and building a barbecue.

Alongside this, Rikkie’s team also hosted a ‘Careers in Construction’ workshop with the charity the Horizon Project, which helps people between 13 and 19 gain skills and qualifications. During the final week of the project, Rikkie invited award-winning comedian John Ryan to perform for the YMCA and volunteers.

Rikkie and his team:

  • Donated 2150 hours
  • Raised £1,876.50
  • Value of works: £42,657.00
  • 48 people positively influenced by the team.

Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon London & South:
“Throughout Rikkie’s journey, he has greatly impressed everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him, always displaying his drive and ambition to get the best out of every opportunity afforded to him. Having observed his commitment and application in the workplace, Rikkie has been singled out many times as someone who strives to deliver excellence, irrespective of the wider constraints or demands he is faced with. He exudes qualities that result in him setting the best possible standards for those around him.”

Andrea Butler, YMCA Housing Manager:
"There were volunteers galore; a really great bunch, friendly, polite and respectful of where they were working. They all mucked in, there was no sitting around… we were very impressed by how well the building was cleared up each afternoon before they left."


Highlights:

  • Diversity – Rikkie is adept at thinking beyond the status quo and making positive change
  • Influencer – Rikkie is able to continuously engage positively, listen and establish facts, ideal for leading projects
  • Commitment – Rikkie’s commitment to everything he undertakes ensures he gets the best out of each situation

About the G4C Future Leader Award: 

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 of experience in the construction and built environment sector (typically less than 35 years of age). Judges are looking for the person that best demonstrates a positive impact on their peers, their organisation and the wider industry, against current G4C priority areas of people development, sustainability and innovation.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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