RICS is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2020 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. The calibre of entries this year has been higher than ever, with just under 80 of the most inspirational young surveying professionals in the UK entering and showcasing their ability to overcome adversity in testing times.
The awards – which raise awareness of surveying as a career for diverse young talent from all backgrounds – are open to anyone aged 35 and under* who have 10 years of experience or less. This year the awards will identify and celebrate the shining stars that will help us recover and shape the future of the built and natural environment.
Each shortlisted entrant will be considered in one of 10 category awards* – across various surveying disciplines – as well as the overall ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title. This is awarded to the category winner who has not only achieved a high level of success in their respective role and sector, but also demonstrates an unwavering commitment to inspire and support future talent and advance the industry and wider surveying profession.
Last year the ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ title went to Blane Perrotton, Founder and Managing Director of chartered surveying practice Pride Consultancy IMS. He was recognised for not only achieving a high level of success in the industry, but also actively helping to advance the construction market and routes into the surveying profession.
Commenting on the shortlist, Head of the judging panel, David Shaw, Director at Torridon PCM and Incoming Chair of the RICS UK Matrics Board – a networking and support group for young surveyors – said: “This year has been testing for us all and now more than ever it is great to see the most exceptional new talent in the profession coming through and to have an opportunity to point the spotlight on the success of these individuals.”
He adds: “I am excited to be part of the virtual ceremony where the future leaders of the profession will be able to connect and interact with a series of sessions on pivotal topics affecting the industry, including future-proofing of skills, increasing BAME representation within the profession, creating a more inclusive culture and mindfulness.”
For the first time in the history of the awards the winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony, taking place on 27 November. The virtual ceremony is open to all to join and will feature a series of discussion groups led by established industry figures, leaders in RICS and former winners of the Young Surveyor of the Year Awards. There will be a range of activities in separate virtual rooms, where attendees can join discussions that focus on helping young surveyors shape their careers, build upon their influence and shape the future of the profession globally.