I was very proud to present the inaugural Rising Star Award for 2013, to Andrew Kinsey of Mace.
Andrew is a champion of sustainable timber, being responsible for the largest FSC certified project to date with the Athletes Village for London 2012, as well as encouraging use across the park – resulting in a sustainability legacy of 9 new FSC certified suppliers.
He has also engaged with MPs on EU timber regulations and waste, and further impressed the judges with a range of sustainability posters aimed at site workers – demonstrating his influence from site worker to the boardroom.
Highly commended was Sofie Pelsmakers for The Environmental Design Pocketbook, which uses a novel approach to communicate often complex principles to architects.
The other finalists for the award were Susie Diamond, Tom Dollard, Tom Lipinski and Marion Baeli.
I would like to thank the all the judges, Anna Surgenor, UK-GBC; Will Ray, Rockwool; Victoria Burrows, PRP; Phil Clark, UBM; Su Butcher, Just Practising and in particular Andrew Mellor of PRP without whose energy and commitment this award would not have happened.
I would also like to thank Paul King and the rest of the team at UK-GBC for supporting the award.