‘Rising Star’ Award 2019 Winner Announced


The latest Interact Luncheon [10th October] provided the perfect occasion to formally announce this year’s ‘Rising Star’ Award 2019 winner.

Led by National President Simon Parker, entries for the Award have been sought over the last six months, with the written submission requirement focussing on demonstrating expertise, innovation, consideration of others and providing an outstanding contribution to candidates’ profession or trade. Now in its second year, the Award is open to any applicant engaged in the construction profession aged 35 or under and requires nomination via an Interact branch.

Following the judging panel review, we’re delighted to announce the winner this year was presented to Matt McLaughlin, quantity surveyor from Barnes Construction, who was nominated by the Interact Ipswich branch. Following closely in second place was Adam Norfolk, engineer from MLM Group, and in third, Alice Stewardson, quantity surveyor from Danaher & Walsh. All candidates showcased outstanding skills however Matt, in particular, some exceptional examples of helping to develop and mentor others in his submission entry.

Presented with the coveted trophy and a prize fund of £1,000, Matt McLaughlin commented, “I’m extremely honoured to receive the Interact ‘Rising Star’ Award 2019 and very grateful to the judging panel for the recognition which goes with the Award. Thanks to my colleagues and directors at Barnes Construction for the time invested in me and the opportunity given to me over the years. Finally, I’d just like to congratulate the other nominees on their shortlisting and the recognition which goes with this process.”

Simon Parker said, “A huge congratulations to Matt for successfully winning this year’s ‘Rising Star’ Award, and also to Adam and Alice who were very close contenders! This Award celebrates talented young professionals in their early career and, now in its second year, I’m thrilled we’ve been able to build on the success and promote this initiative again across all Interact branches.”