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Naughtie - but nice

Awards - Consultants of the year

JAMES NAUGHTIE, anchor for the infl uential BBC Radio 4 Today programme, will join the NCE/ACE Consultants of the Year Awards 2005 lunch as guest speaker.

Naughtie will entertain a specially invited audience of top industry bosses, clients and politicians with his own analysis of the political climate and provide insight into Westminster activity as we move towards a general election.

A presenter of the Today programme since February 1994, Naughtie has come to be regarded as one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK. He is an authority on current affairs but is particularly renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the 'Westminster Village'.

He started his career as a journalist on The Aberdeen Press & Journal in 1975, and worked in the Scotsman's London offi ce and for the Washington Post before joining the Guardian in 1984.

NCE has once again linked up with the Association for Consultancy & Engineering (ACE) to celebrate the profession's achievements. Awards for both corporate and individual success will be presented at a special lunch to be held at Claridges Hotel in Mayfair, London, on 18 March.

Five awards will be presented during the lunch:

. Major consulting firm: sponsored by Barclays.

. Medium sized consulting firm:

sponsored by Griffi ths & Armour.

. International consulting firm: sponsored by BST/Eagle Technology.

. Young consulting engineer:

sponsored by Hays Montrose.

. Outstanding achievement:

sponsored by Berrymans Lace Mawer.

Shortlisted contenders in each category will be invited to the lunch and the winners announced on the day. All will be highlighted and celebrated in a special section of the 2005 NCE Consultants File published with the 24 March issue of NCE.

INFOPLUS www. nceplus. co. uk MAJOR FIRM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Barclays Shortlist Atkins Owen Williams Group White Young Green MEDIUM FIRM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Griffi ths and Armour Shortlist CET Group JMP Consulting Whitby Bird INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by BST Integrated Business Solutions & Eagle Technology Shortlist Arup Halcrow Group Parsons Brinckerhoff YOUNG CONSULTING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Organised in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Engineers Sponsored by Hays Consulting Engineering Shortlist Duncan Campbell, 27, a senior engineer with Arup, whose paper Communicating Design looked at the communication challenges between clients and engineer Owen Chirwa, 27, a graduate with Atkins Highways & Transportation, whose paper Are We Rethinking Construction- examined the increasing emphasis placed on training needs for staff.

David Clark, 32, a project engineer with Max Fordham, whose paper No More Heroes looked at the public perception of engineering and how its image can be improved.

James Warne, 33, an associate services engineer with Building Design Partnership, whose paper Multidiscipline Engineering focused on his role as an engineer and the introduction of emerging technology and better working practices.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sponsored by Berrymans Lace Mawer Shortlist Buro Happold's project team for its contribution to safe construction while working for airport operator BAA.

FaberMaunsell's Kate Whitley for her work with schools and the local community to promote understanding of the profession.

Royal Haskoning's project team for the design and construction of the pioneering Seaview Duver Coast Protection Scheme on the Isle of Wight.

Upton McGougan's team for the civil and structural engineering on redevelopment of the Whitefriars shopping centre in historically sensitive Canterbury.

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