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Building New Heights - WICE Awards

We’re proud to shine the light on our three winners and all our talented finalists at the European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards. In its fourth year, the prestigious WICE Awards celebrate the achievements of some of the most exemplary women in construction and engineering, and also raise awareness of the career opportunities and success that are attainable.

Jacobs Divisional Director Natalie McIldowie received the WICE Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award. “Through my engineering career, I have been fortunate to be involved in interesting, transformative projects and to work with great people who inspire me to be positive and have the courage to challenge. I am honoured to be nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award and incredibly proud to win it.” 

Winning Best Woman Rail Engineer, Jacobs Director of Operations Susana Gozalo said, “My varied experience has enriched the work that I deliver and there is a lot more I want to learn. What's also important is that I now have a lot to share with the younger generation to bring the best talent into the industry.” 

“I believe that helping others to succeed in their work and careers is a key measure of success for us all, so to have won Best Male Mentor means a huge amount to me,” said  Ed Cole, Best Male Mentor and Jacobs Director of Operations. “I plan to use this opportunity to promote the benefits of mentoring more widely.”

This year’s Awards involved an unprecedented level of participation attracting some 350 nominations from 10 European countries.  The winners and finalists were selected by a panel of 60 distinguished judges. They are recognized for their achievements and contributions across a range of career disciplines: from architects and digital innovators creating outstanding design; project managers, civil, rail and software engineers helping to improve rail, highways and other programs; through to women and men who have helped women grow as exceptional talent in their fields.

The opportunity to influence the education and career decisions of our future generations is huge and the WICE Awards are an inspirational illustration of why women should choose, stay and thrive in their careers in construction, engineering and related fields.

“Good things do not come to those who wait, chase your dreams and make your own opportunities,” added Jacobs Technical Director and WICE Best Quantity Surveyor Finalist Tammy Harrison-Round.

Jacobs Project Manager and Best Woman Project Manager Finalist Helen Critchley said, “I am so proud to have been nominated and to be representing Jacobs doing a job I love, amongst a group of such exceptional women.” 

Jacobs Director Operational Road Safety and Best Woman Health & Safety Finalist Kate Carpenter, "It was a privilege to be shortlisted for my work in keeping road workers and users safe, and to meet so many talented people excelling in their fields.”

“It’s has been truly inspirational meeting so many female construction professionals and collectively celebrating our contribution to the built environment,” added Jacobs Technical Director and WICE Best Women Architect Finalist Katharine Richards.

See the WICE Awards magazine for interviews with our winners (pages 126 to 137) and more on our finalists.

Congratulations to our Finalists:       

Katherine Richards - Best Woman Architect Finalist   

Marina Villanueva - Best Woman in Digital Innovation Finalist    

Tammy Harrison-Round - Best Woman Quantity Surveyor Finalist      

Gail Hunter - Best Woman Structural Engineer Finalist 

Fiona O'Donnell - Best Woman Health & Safety Finalist

Helen Gregory - Best Woman in Highways Finalist

Sue Collins - Best Female Mentor Finalist

Pooja Dileeban - Best Young Woman Engineer Finalist

Elena Golovenko - Best Woman Software Engineer Finalist

Kate Carpenter - Best Woman Health & Safety Finalist

Almudena Diez Pascua - Best Women Civil Engineer Finalist

Vip Gandhi - Best Male Mentor Finalist

Helen Critchley - Best Woman Project Manager Finalist

Aura Baciu - Best Woman Project Manager Finalist

Emma Pattison - Best Woman Project Manager Finalist

Julia Smithard - Best Women Structural Engineer Finalist

Darren Morris - Best Male Mentor Finalist   






Natalie McIldowie (left) receives the WICE Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award


Susana Gozalo (left) receives the WICE Best Woman Rail Engineer Award


Ed Cole receives the WICE Best Male Mentor Award

2018 WICE Finalists

European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards

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