10 February 2017

Opus is delighted to announce that it has four finalists at this year's Women in Construction Awards.  The winners will be announced at an award's dinner held in Manchester on the 1st March.  Opus would like to wish all its finalists (below) good luck.  

Rachael Bryson – Project Manager of the Year
Work Group Manager – Structures - Doncaster
04 Rachael Bryson CropaRachael is one of two project managers who had been assessed to lead what are deemed as major projects. She sits on the board of Opus’ project management forum, she chairs the UK Women in Leadership initiative and is a mentor. As part of the North region succession planning, she has finished a secondment as an Office Director.  During Rachael’s time as a project manager, she has managed projects with a value in excess of £2m and is a PRINCE Level II practitioner.  Unconventionally, she has broken through the industry by being a successful Project Manager with no technical background in the construction disciplines. 


Juliet Archer-Reeves – Rising Star – over 25
NEC Project Manager - Hertford
Juliet Archer ReevesJuliet has come incredibly far since starting out in this industry. From starting as a trainee technician with an English degree, she has since worked proficiently within five teams at Hertfordshire, building her knowledge and experience to an incredibly high level.  Juliet has an excellent work ethic and has shown willingness to take on increasing responsibility through her project management of a number of services. 

Libby Brunskill – Rising Star – over 25
Geo-Environmental Engineer - Manchester
Libby BrunskillLibby is always looking to further her knowledge, whether this means moving away for long periods of time, or assisting another team (civils, structures, surveys) to widen her expertise. No task given to her could ever be too big or too small, she simply enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the job and working across all sectors to offer support during busy times.  After coming into the industry with a Geography degree,  Libby is very driven to encourage others into the industry who are studying a similar degree. Her goal is to try to steer people away from the stereotypes that still surround engineering.  

Lisa Hamilton – Rising Star – under 25
Graduate Civil Engineer - Manchester
Lisa HamiltonLisa displays great maturity in her approach to work, despite having only graduated less than two years ago. She continues to work within the allocated budget and delivery timescales, delivering an excellent service to her clients. Lisa has volunteered to take on additional workloads, not only to ensure the success of the team but so that she may continue to further skills that she may not otherwise be exposed to. This willingness has enabled Opus to deliver projects which would otherwise have missed deadlines.