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Double Celebration for Ferrovial Agroman at the 2016 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards

Category: General / 20 May 2016

On Thursday 19 May, at a ceremony held at the Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, the winners were announced for the 2016 European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.

Sofia Guerrero, Ferrovial Agroman UK, beat the incredible competition from across Europe to win the Best Woman Civil Engineer award as did Belen Marquina, Ferrovial Agroman, who won in the category Best Woman Contractor.

They celebrated this success with their fellow finalists and nominees from Ferrovial Agroman; Victoria Villanua, Sally Marsden, Selene Roa, Flor Paniagua, Maria del Mar Delgado, Alana Paterson, Silvia Moreno, Nicola Keegan, Rebeca Gomez, Marisa Garay and Rebecca Flint, along with their colleague and finalist from Budimex, Ewelina Karp.

Sofia Guerrero, Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ireland Bid Manager said of the awards, "It is an honour to be recognised in such a strong category with so many women that I admire and respect.

"What a wonderful experience this has been. It's been such a challenge, but so worth it. I can't emphasise enough to women: believe in yourselves, work hard, use your skills and be proud.

"This award is a recognition for all of us - of our talent, perseverance and dedication - and we should all feel represented here. I hope this is also a contribution towards creating a more  level playing-field in the near future".

This is the second annual edition of the awards which have been designed to find the most exemplary women within construction and engineering across Europe.

Nominations were submitted from across the UK business for a range of the 26 different categories available this year and the whole organization has been very keen to hear the judges' decision.

Mario Mostoles, Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ireland Managing Director said,

"With 11 finalists for a range of categories, I am very proud to see so many of our team recognized at these awards and receiving the industry recognition they so thoroughly deserve. I hope that awards such as this will help to raise the profile of women in this sector, something which is long overdue."

Many major construction and contracting companies from all over Europe had representatives on the night to show their appreciation for the contribution made by women in the industry.

Following the initial nomination process earlier in the year, the finalists were invited to attend a judging day, during which they presented to a panel of their peers on different topics; including explaining their commitment to construction and details of how they could be described as a role model to other women.

Both at the judging day and during the awards dinner, guests had the opportunity to listen to motivational speakers with extensive experience in the construction sector.

Themes ranged from the experience of women in construction, how they can help improve the image and public perception of the industry, the support that can be found through mentorship and the importance of engaging with social media.

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