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BESA Future Leaders chair wins top engineering award

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

Ms Evans was selected from a shortlist of eight finalists during an event sponsored by Andrews Water Heaters; Kingspan Industrial Insulation, Swegon UK&I and the CIBSE Patrons.

For 23 years, the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards have been celebrating the industry’s best examples of young engineering talent for and the vital role of employers who champion the next generation of engineers through a commitment to education, on the job training and mentoring. The ceremony was held at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London.

Ms Evans, 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 was recently elected chair of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Future Leaders group and is a mentor and STEM Ambassador for the North West.

BESA president Tim Hopkinson, who launched the Future Leaders initiative at the start of his presidency, said: “It is a great accolade for any young engineer to win this prestigious award. However, it is a source of special pride that not only does this year’s winner work for a building services contractor, but she is chair of BESA’s Future Leaders group and is a fantastic role model for young women who could be attracted to a career in our industry.

“The Graduate Award was historically dominated by young consultants, but it has evolved to reflect the collaboration that is reshaping our industry and the breaking down of out-dated professional divisions and silos led by a new generation of talented and motivated engineers.”

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