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Runners up

Tuschar Prabhu, Director Frischmann Prabhu (India) Prabhu had the task of setting up and leading a 'distance engineering' design firm in India - initially 10 strong - working on building projects for Pell Frischmann. The firm has now expanded to 80 people in the past year and provides a 24/7 service direct to clients worldwide for building, water and highway engineering.

A key challenge for Prabhu when he set up his team in 1999 was overcoming scepticism and the 'not-invented-here' prejudice against an 'engineering direct' IT and internet-based design bureau.

He also had to recruit and train staff with an international standards culture, and motivate them to deliver work on a 24 hour turnaround, making use of time zone differences but also working seven days a week when required.

The success of the project, based in Mumbai with substantial and continuing investment in IT and high speed internet connectivity, can be measured by a project list which includes an 80km highway in Jamaica and an expanding client roster in the UK, US and France.

Paul Williams, divisional director Geoffrey Osborne Williams was a 2002 finalist because of his work in setting up and leading contractor Osborne's design and build construction partnership with Railtrack to carry out work worth £15M to £20M per annum on properties and structures in the track operator's southern region.

Williams was part of the team that negotiated and won the framework contract from Railtrack in March 2001 with a term of two years renewable to five. Now he is director of the Construction Partnership, a separate entity within the Osborne Group.

Tom Rowe, British Waterways Waterways manager Rowe made it to the final because of the skills he displayed in managing a team that delivered £35M of work to restore and re-open the Huddersfield Narrow and Rochdale Canals which were closed in the 1940s. The work meant that as well as restoring the canal, the Trans-Pennine ring became fully navigable - a huge delivery in the restoration of the UK's waterways. The judges felt that Rowe's efforts also helped to put British Waterways on the map when it came to high quality management.

Rowe initially had the challenge of building his own team of 50 staff including civil engineers, ecologists, surveyors, mechanical engineers, accountants, a landscape artist and an environmental scientist. His team designed and juggled major engineering work at 35 different sites.

Work involved excavating 400m of new tunnel under mills at Huddersfield, crossing the M62 and A627(M), entirely new construction to replace 850m of canal at Stalybridge, and intricate repairs and strengthening to Standedge canal tunnel, Britain's longest, highest and furthest below ground level.

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