Women in Property 2020 South West Student Awards celebrated virtually

Sponsored by JLL, Hydrock and Willmott Dixon


June 16, 2020

Women in Property has announced the winners of its South West Student Awards 2020, sponsored by JLL, Hydrock and Willmott Dixon. The Student Awards programme was established nationally by Women in Property to seek out top built environment students each year and raise awareness of the industry and the diverse career opportunities available.

The families, friends and professionals from the built environment industry all celebrated the achievements of the 17 talented regional student finalists virtually on Zoom. The two South West regional winners were: University of the West of England student Florence Clarke, studying Real Estate and Ellie Naraidoo studying Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. Both go through to represent their Universities and the South West region in the national final, which subject to Government guidelines, is due to be held on 16 September at Claridge’s Hotel in London.

The judges described winner Florence Clarke as “very strong, capable, confident, professional and energetic, her passion and drive came through.” Ellie Naraidoo was described as “confident and knowledgeable, very articulate, she gave a fantastic presentation, her passion was evident.”

“The two South West judging panels took place back in February and early March before lockdown and, after all their hard work, we didn’t want to let our South West finalists down by not holding an awards event,” said Rachael Sherratt, Women in Property branch Chairman and Associate at JLL in Bristol.

“Congratulations to Florence and Ellie who will now represent their Universities and the South West region in the national final of the Women in Property Student Awards held later this year.”

The Women in Property team asked the finalists to submit a one-minute video showcasing themselves and their work. The videos were then shown on Zoom, together with a presentation from keynote speaker Fabienne Viala, Chairman of national Awards sponsor, Bouygues Construction in the UK. 

Simon Peacock, Lead director - South & Wales at JLL, who was also on the judging panel said, "This was my first year judging the award and I was very impressed by the standard, enthusiasm and commitment of the candidates. The success for me was hearing and learning from the candidates; and my fellow judges sharing to support these excellent people in their future careers."

Florence and Ellie each receive a cheque for £500, a trophy and access to Women in Property’s acclaimed mentoring programme. The Awards are open to second year (third in Scotland), female students studying a Built Environment course and are independently administered. 

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