THE OUTSTANDING quality of the entries to this year's ICE Civil Engineering Manager of the Year (CEMYA) forced judges to nominate five rather than the planned four candidates for the final next month.
'It was really uplifting to see the confident way in which all of them were handling their businesses, ' said the chairman of the CEMYA shortlist panel, David Cawthra.
'There was real quality in the management skills displayed.
The fairest solution to the candidates was to give the new ICE President and his judging team a little extra work next month in their face to face interviews.'
On 21 November each finalist will have to present their abilities to the judging team. Led by new ICE President Mark Whitby, the team includes Norman Haste of BAA, Michael Jeffries of WS Atkins, contractor Ray O'Rourke, and Cawthra.
Tony Boobier Royal & Sun Alliance subsidence programme director.
Tony Collins MJ Gleeson Group's engineering division deputy managing director who managed the Almond Valley, Seafield & Esk Project.
Mark Cutler Carillion project manager who led the RailtrackCarillion-WS Atkins Alliance on Proof House Junction track and structures reconstruction.
Charles Hoskins Mott MacDonald project manager leading the client's professional team on Manchester Airport's multi-modal ground transport interchange.
Alan Myers Rail Link Engineering's contract manager on the CTRL's Medway Bridge and North Downs.