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Morson wins Most Inspiring Employer in the Inspire Awards 2018

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Morson were delighted to be win the category of Most Inspiring Employer in the Inspire Awards 2018, recognising the people and organisations trailblazing the way towards a more inclusive and diverse built environment workforce.

Over 300 industry professionals gathered at the glamourous surroundings of the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester city centre to applaud their peers at the Inspire Awards 2018, held on Tuesday 5 June.

The event is dedicated to showcasing and promoting – indeed to inspire – a more diverse and inclusive culture in construction, engineering and housing. Set against a national skills crisis, Brexit and an ageing workforce, the message the event aims to deliver has perhaps never been timelier.

Joe Broun, Managing Director of UK Business Events (UKBE), which organised the awards in conjunction with Don’t Panic Events, said: “Tonight was all about honouring the companies and organisations, large and small, that are creating an inclusive environment where all employees can thrive, as well as those individuals within the sector dedicated to equality and fairness. We have received tremendous support from the industry with over 100 submissions. Our judging panel faced a difficult task in choosing the winners.”

He added: “To see so many stand-out achievements, inspirational individuals and inclusive employers to celebrate, the Inspire Awards 2018 have truly been superb – and hopefully a taste of things to come.

“We are also delighted to have raised £1,300 for tonight’s charity partner, the Construction Youth Trust, who are doing an incredible job in inspiring young people, often from under-privileged or under-represented backgrounds, into a viable and rewarding career path in the built environment.”

The judges for the Inspire Awards were themselves leading lights from across the built environment. Along with Harish Bhayani, the panel was joined by: Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders; Maria Coulter, Managing Director, Construction Coach; Barry Cullen, Diversity & Inclusion Director, RICS; Peter Finegold, Head of Education in the Engineering Policy Unit, Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Tony Ginda BA (Hons) CMgr, FCMI, Membership Development Director, CABE; Vanessa Howell, Head of Professional Standards, Chartered Institute of Housing; Chris Keast, Chair of the Diversity Special Interest Group, CIOB; Kathryn Lennon-Johnson, Founder, Built Environment Skills in Schools; Carol Lynch, Chief Executive, Construction Youth Trust; Kate Myers, Head of Skills and Employment, HS2 Ltd; Raj Patel, Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network; Christina Riley, Chair of the Balfour Beatty LGBT and Allies Network; Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness, EY Financial Services UK; Sharon Slinger, Director, Constructing Rainbows; and Livia Williams MBA FIoR, Co-Founder, Women in Roofing.

The event was made possible with the assistance of sponsors and supporters: CIOB, Chartered Institute of Housing, CABE, Construction Youth Trust, Housing Diversity Network, HS2, PRM Diversity Consultants, Redrow Homes, RICS, and Whitbread.


The winners on the night were:

Most Inspiring Contractor: Golden Lane Housing Ltd

Most Inspiring Training Programme: Skills 4 Ltd

Most Inspiring Apprenticeship Programme: Fortem

Most Inspiring Housing Provider: Steve Biko Housing Association

Most Inspiring Mental Wellbeing Initiative: Galliford Try plc

Most Inspiring Employee: Morson International

Most Inspiring Community Project: Steve Biko Housing Association

Most Inspiring Employment Initiative: Arhag Housing Association

Most Inspiring Consultancy: Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Most Inspiring Mentor – Nominees: Bev Williams, Willmott Dixon Interiors

Most Inspiring Building Project: Matt Hampson Foundation – Willmott Dixon Construction

Most Inspiring Supplier: Hilti Great Britain

Most Inspiring Rising Star – Under 30 – Finalists: Stewart Long, Barratt London

Most Inspiring Rising Star – 30 & over – Finalists: Manjeeta Pathak, Redrow Homes

Most Inspiring Role Model – Under 40 – Nominees: Anna Koukoullis, Willmott Dixon Interiors

Most Inspiring Role Model – 40 & over – Nominees: Kate Tinsley, Buildbase

Diversity Champion: Bev Williams, Willmott Dixon Interiors