Blog: SECBE Awards 2022 finalist - Ellie Carswell

24 March 2022

G4C Future Leader sponsored by CIOB

Ellie Carswell (Faithful+Gould)

G4C Future Leader SECBE Award 2022 Finalist 

Ellie Carswell, a Project Manager at Faithful+Gould, has a passion for promoting the diverse range of opportunities within the construction industry, on a mission to inspire the next generation of project professionals. Ellie inspires both internally and externally within the South East region, working with colleges, universities, and professional bodies to give career-focussed talks, mentor students considering a career in construction, and provide insight into her unconventional career journey.

‘Ellie’s subject background helps us to broaden the appeal of the project profession and understand more about the importance of soft skills.’
Caspar Bartington, Education Manager – Association for Project Management

Ellie started as a Graduate Project Manager in September 2018, having graduated with a languages degree. As part of her degree, Ellie relocated to France and Italy for a year, greatly contributing to her appreciation of different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Despite her non-cognate background, Ellie has excelled in fast-tracking her career, completing a MSc in Construction Project Management while working fulltime, establishing a credible industry presence, and being selected for one of Faithful+Gould’s signature leadership programmes, the ‘Inspire Women’s Development Programme’. Ellie continued to strive for excellence and was promoted in October 2021 and then appointed on the committee for the Constructing Excellence group in Kent, which builds upon her 3 years’ attendance at regular networking events, including Building Kent Connections, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, and Constructing Excellence.

‘For a young woman joining an all-male construction project team that had many years of experience, Ellie was not the slightest bit intimidated.’
Steve Smith, CEO – Havens Hospices

Ellie grasps the challenges faced not only as a woman but as an individual with, initially, limited technical knowledge. Notwithstanding, Ellie’s drive and enthusiasm for the built environment emulates and her open and honest leadership style is reflected in both her project delivery and extra-curricular initiatives. Such style has enabled Ellie to cultivate strong relationships wherever she goes. Ellie recognises the diversity in hers and other’s backgrounds as hugely positive for the industry and its future commitments to sustainability and innovation and seeks to harness these talents and innovative thinking to enhance cross-sector collaboration.

Ellie is an advocate for the Early Careers community, holding the role of Faithful+Gould’s Graduate Representative for the UK and Europe for two years. Ellie proudly represents the community, voicing opinions and concerns and directly influencing in-house induction and development programmes. Continuing to identify ways to improve the Early Careers experience, Ellie was appointed on the London and South East Early Careers Leadership Team in January, responsible for managing the entire journey, from marketing to new recruits, the application and assessment process, and onboarding and pastoral support.

Ellie proves that a career in construction is full of endless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Key achievements:

  • Ellie is an advocate for Early Careers, leading the charge as Faithful+Gould’s Graduate Representative for the UK and Europe and taking a lead role on the Early Careers Leadership Team for her region.

  • Ellie has already been recognised for her contributions to the industry, having been shortlisted as a Finalist in the CIOB Rising Star Awards 2020.

  • Ellie sits on the Constructing Excellence Committee for Kent, providing invaluable insight and a fresh perspective to combat the skills shortage crisis the industry is currently facing.

Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 Ceremony on Thurs 30th June 2022.

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About the G4C Future Leader Award (sponsored by CIOB): 

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). More info

>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards finalists here

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