Alice wins CECA Young Achiever award

Danaher & Walsh's Alice Stewardson has won the Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor award at the CECA Southern Young Achiever Awards 2021.

The Young Achiever Awards are organised by the Southern Region of the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association, and recognise outstanding achievement amongst younger members of the civil engineering industry.

Alice was presented with the Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor award by Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams MBE.

Alice joined Danaher & Walsh in 2016 as a trainee, combining her work with studies at Birmingham City University. She has now completed the final year of her BSc Quantity Surveying degree course, where she has achieved consistently high marks and been commended for her extra-curricular work.

Her dissertation has recently been submitted to the internationally leading peer-reviewed journal Building Research and Information. Her supervisor, world-renowned Professor David J. Edwards, states that Alice is: “without doubt, the most proficient, dedicated and conscientious student I have ever taught internationally.

"She is an exemplary example for any apprentice who wishes to pursue a higher education degree in a construction or civil engineering management degree. She inspires all around her.” 

Furthermore, she mentors and coaches other students on her undergraduate course, in particular offering advice and guidance on how to develop robust methodological approaches for the final year dissertation. 

This generosity and willingness to help others was acknowledged by both academic staff and students, who nominated her for Supportive Student of the Year 2021, acknowledging her positive, supportive and encouraging attitude towards others. 

Alongside her core work activities, Alice actively promotes positive mental health and wellbeing. As a trained Mental Health First Aider, Alice acts as a confidential first point of contact for colleagues at Danaher & Walsh experiencing mental health concerns.

Speaking about the award win, Danaher & Walsh's Commercial Director Ian Gilbert commented: "Congratulations to Alice for winning this very well deserved award.

"Alice's dedication to her work and studies is second-to-none. She is very generous with her time and always willing to help others. She is understandably a very popular member of the team."