Two NPS employees have been recognised among the most exemplary women in the industry, having been shortlisted for the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 2020.

Tsz Yi Chong is in the running for Best Woman In Architecture. Since joining NPS in 2017, Tsz has made a significant impact, constantly going above and beyond to deliver quality solutions for clients.

As a Part II Architectural Assistant working towards becoming an architect, she has continually operated well above the expectations of her grade.

Dealing with a variety of demanding and fast paced schemes, Tsz has been at the heart of the team, bringing a positive can do attitude.

Sarah Townsend-Elliott has been shortlisted for Best Woman In Health & Safety. Sarah is as passionate about her career as a Senior Interior Designer as she is about mental health, recognising its importance to Health & Safety, particularly in the construction industry which has the highest suicide rate of any sector in the UK.

As a trained Mental Health First Aider, Sarah is committed to speaking out and raising awareness. She promotes wellbeing not just as an ‘add on’ or ‘nice to have’, but as a vital way of improving job satisfaction, output and staff retention, all of which play a part in stronger mental health.

Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK, most of these jobs are office based and only 2% work in manual jobs. When it comes to women in engineering only 9% of UK engineering professionals are women.

The aim of the awards is to create role models for women considering a career in these sectors, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women in these industries. Winners are set to be announced later this year, after May’s Awards Dinner was postponed.