Judging process

Inspiring Women in Construction & Engineering Awards has a rigorous judging process to decide our winners. Applications will be considered by a panel of judges including representatives from major industry figures across the Construction News, Ground Engineering and New Civil Engineer sectors.

Each stage is designed to provide a fair and transparent process. All categories will initially be judged via their written submission in stage 1 so make sure you include as much supporting evidence as possible and make it clear in your entry why you should win.

NEW opportunities for 2024 – this year the IWCE awards will have hybrid judging for stage 2. Most categories this year will be judged in person, or virtually via presentations and interviews.

Judging for all process will take place from Monday 5 August - Friday 9 August. 

If you make the shortlist explore how you will be judged in stage 2: 

In-person judging: All finalists will be invited to give a presentation to our judging panel. This will take place on at our central London office.

Virtual judging: Finalists will present to the judges via a virtual presentation or interview.

Roundtable judging: Once the shortlist is announced, all finalists' written submissions will be reviewed again by our judging panel to select the winner.

  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiative
  • Inspiring Women – Organisation of the Year
  • Rising Star – Technical Excellence
  • Rising Star – Contribution to Gender Diversity
  • Rising Star – Contribution to a Project
  • STEM Champion
  • Technical Excellence Women’s Network of Year
  • Allyship Champion of the Year
  • Contribution to a Project
  • Contribution to Gender Diversity
  • Inclusive Project Design of the Year
  • Inspiring Leader – Supplier
  • Inspiring Leader – Contractor
  • Inspiring Leader – Consultant
  • Next Generation Employer Unsung Hero
  • Excellence in Outreach
  • Excellence in Recruitment and Retention
  • Excellence in Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Excellence in Senior Leadership


Judges are selected from major contractors, consultants and industry figures who contribute valuable time and effort to work through entries, reviewing each against strict criteria and attributing scores aimed at rewarding and recognising the very best.

construction manager
Laing O'Rourke
deputy head of hospital configuration
Royal Cornwall Hospitals
head of constructing excellence
technical director
NG Bailey
senior director
Tetra Tech
category manager
National Highways
head of contracts and procurement
chief civil engineer
UK discipline lead – ground engineering
project director
Mott MacDonald
regional director
National Highways
lecturer/assistant professor
University of Leeds
managing editor
Mott Macdonald
principal programme engineer
Network Rail
managing director and founder
Jooce Marketing & PR
FNG senior communication manager
Mott MacDonald
arup fellow and director
director and founder
project director
Hub South East Scotland
principal engineering geologist
CC Ground Investigations Ltd
director - head of environmental services
Pick Everard
safety, health & environment business partner - aggregates
Heidelberg Materials
principal sustainability project manager
Pick Everard
geotechnical design engineer
Tony Gee & Partners
senior design manager
Sir Robert McAlpine
E&R Property Partners
head of land strategy, policy & performance
National Grid
principal proposals manager
Willmott Dixon Interiors
lead supervising civil engineer
business director
senior independent director
Corserv Solutions
assistant quantity surveyor
Morgan Sindall Construction
MMC consultant
regulatory specialist & fertility lead
estimator and STEM ambassador
Breheny Civil Engineering
commercial business partner
London Construction Programme
development director
Major Projects Association
business development manager
Tony Gee & Partners
senior engineer officer
Quality of Life Foundation
associate director
Structural Soils
Concept Engineering Consultants
employability manager
head of technical discipline - surface & highway structures
Transport for London
director – discipline leader
Robert Bird Group
chief scientific officer
director of partnerships
Stride Treglown
operations director
geotechnical director
Mott MacDonald
CEO and founder
Jomas Associates
european tunnels practice lead
Mott MacDonald
regional quality manager & women in civil engineering network co-lead
lead EPC project manager
National Grid
global strategy implementation director, resilience
senior geotechnical advisor
National Highways
project manager - roads
Transport Scotland
director of estates
Univeristy of Birmingham
General Counsel
senior structural engineer
Pell Frischmann / AFBE-UK