Craig Hill chatting with Larry Higton

#CECAScotAwards is a celebration of new talent in Scotland’s civil engineering sector

This years ceremony was held on Thursday 22 February in the Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow; attended by over five hundred leading figures in the Scottish civil engineering sector.

In a break from tradition, awards were presented by Scottish comedian, Craig Hill and Ruth Davidson MSP.

This year’s #CECAScotlandAward winners were:

James Kleiman, Amey – Most Promising Technician
Stacey McArdle, Balfour Beatty – Most Promising Trainee Quantity Surveyor
Sophie Gray, George Leslie Ltd – Most Promising Apprentice
Larry Higton, I & H Brown – Most Promising New Entrant Trainee Civil Engineer

James Kleiman celebrates with his Amey colleagues

Derek Hogg, Chairman of CECA Scotland commented:

“We were totally overwhelmed by the high standard of entries we received this year. These awards celebrate the achievements of the young people in our sector and I’m especially pleased that our winners this year are gender balanced, reflecting CECA Scotland’s work in securing more of the best people into our industry and promoting the exciting careers available to Scotland’s young people. The civil engineering sector still has much to do to increase diversity but we are starting to see positive change and that’s been recognised in tonight’s awards. All four winners are already making a really impressive contribution to their employers; I’m looking forward to seeing their careers develop over the years ahead as they help shape the future of Scotland’s infrastructure”.

Stacey McArdle with Ruth Davidson MSP and Derek Hogg

Larry Higton (pictured above), joined I & H Brown in May 2016, after graduated with First Class Honours in Environmental Civil Engineering. Commenting on winning the Most Promising New Entrant Trainee Civil Engineer award, Larry said:

“I am very pleased to win this award, things like this don’t come along often so win this CECA Scotland award so early in my career in an absolute honour. I can’t thank the people who have supported me personally and professionally. I am deeply grateful to my employers I & H Brown without them this would not of been possible.    As a student they gave me a huge opportunity and achieving this award is a huge acknowledgement to the commitment they have to bring through young engineers”.

Craig Hill congratulating Sophie Gray

Sophie Gray, Most Promising Apprentice, joined George Leslie Ltd as a Plant Maintenance Apprentice straight from school. She is currently the only woman on the National Construction College’s 160 strong Plant Maintenance programme.  On winning, Sophie said  “I was so grateful for the opportunity to do the apprenticeship with George Leslie Ltd and am absolutely delighted to have won the CECA Most Promising Apprentice Award. Winning will give me even more confidence during the rest of my apprenticeship and my future career”.

You can download our Photo Gallery from the evening here:

CECA Scotland Awards Photo Gallery