Evans and Elementa win young engineers' awards

Reanna Evans of NG Bailey has been named as the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2018 and Elementa as the CIBSE Employer of the Year.

Reanna was selected from a shortlist of eight finalists and Elementa came out on top after six firms reached the final stage of the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards sponsored by Swegon UK&I.

Swegon UK&I Managing Director,, Robin Vollert, with 2018 Graduate of the Year, Reanna Evans, at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Swegon UK&I Managing Director,, Robin Vollert, with 2018 Graduate of the Year, Reanna Evans, at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


The ceremony was held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London and also saw the presentation of the IMechE’s special achievement award to Bruce Arnold and the Geoffrey Engert Award for a young technician to Lucy Austin of Atkins.

Celebrating the achievements of young engineers and supporting their development has never been more important.
— Robin Vollert, Swegon UK&I Managing Director

The CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards have been celebrating the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent for 23 years and give recognition to those companies who champion the next generation of engineers through a commitment to education, on the job training and mentoring.

Reanna, who wins a VIP trip to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta next January, is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University and is a senior project engineer at NG Bailey. She joined the company as a first year building services engineering apprentice in 2011 before going on to achieve a first class honours degree in Building Services Engineering.

She is now a senior project engineer and was recently elected chair of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Future Leaders group. She is also a mentor and STEM Ambassador for the North West.


First runner up was Hannah Müller-Jones of Buro Happold and the University of Nottingham, who received a £600 bursary from the Rumford Club. The second runner up was Gemma Taylor from Atkins and the University of the West of England, who wins £300.

It is only the second time in the 23-year history of the award that the top three places are all filled by women. The other five finalists all received £100 from the Manly Trust.

As well as being overall winner, Elementa won the medium sized company category of the Employer Award with Black & White Engineering in second place. S.I. Sealy took the small employer category with Services Design Solution second and AECOM won the large company award ahead of Hoare Lea.

The strategies being used by employers and the sheer depth of engineering talent on show this year are a real cause for continued optimism about the future of our industry.
— Robin Vollert

The Graduate Award finalists each had five minutes to make a presentation to the packed IMechE lecture hall. Their topic was: ‘Recent events have raised questions about how the industry manages and monitors professional competence and upholds technical standards. What does this mean to you as an engineer and where does the engineer’s responsibility begin and end?

This was also the subject of a highly stimulating debate featuring the 2017 Graduate of the Year Raphael Amajuoyi and the Presidents of the three supporting professional institutions: Sheila Hayter of ASHRAE; Stephen Lisk of CIBSE; and Tony Roche of the IMechE along with Rumford Club chairman Geoff Prudence.

Every year we see increasing diversity in the entrants and finalists for these awards, which reflect the changing nature of routes into the profession.

This is a great time for employers to collaborate with education providers in order to deliver a wide range of flexible, vocational training courses up to and beyond degree level.

As the CIBSE Awards demonstrate, this can also open up careers in building services to a more diverse section of the population and help us make inroads into our industry’s skills gap.
— Robin Vollert

For more information and details about how to enter next year’s awards go to: www.cibse.org/yea

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