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Into the home straight

CIVIL ENGINEERING MANAGER OF THE YEAR; Four hopefuls have made it to the final of the ICE Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award.

This year's ICE Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award demonstrated more clearly than ever the very wide spectrum of management roles that civil engineers are involved in today. The finalists, chosen from very strong competition, are Graeme Stewart of BP Amoco, Rodney Self of Mott MacDonald, Michael Fordham of Thames Water Utilities, and Brian Coslett of Hyder Consulting.

Each will demonstrate exactly why they were picked on 14 October at Great George Street as they battle it out in the final of the competition. After each finalist is grilled by the judging panel in the morning, Great George Street will open from 5.45pm to anyone who wants to hear their presentations and put questions to the finalists.

A drinks reception in the Brunel Room will follow before presentation of the awards.

The Civil Engineering Manager of the Year Award is organised by ICE's management board, sponsored by Laing and the Institute of Management, and supported by NCE.

Judges are David Cawthra (chairman), Chris Marshall (1998 winner), Martin Foster (Laing), Mark Hastings (IoM), Charles Penny, Trevor Simm (management board), Helen Stone and Mike Winney (NCE).

Entries this year came from Government, utility and petrochemical clients. Others worked for designers on projects in the UK, Poland, Thailand and India. Of those engaged in contracting, some worked directly on projects such as road construction, environmental work and effluent treatment, while others had a more wide ranging management role.

This week NCE reviews the work of the four finalists. In the weeks running up to the final, NCE will publish a series of special articles focusing on management in civil engineering.

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