Consultancy and Engineering Awards: Glyn Utting takes Young Professional and Diamond Award

Glyn Utting receives his award on stage.

Glyn Utting, an international project manager at WYG has earned this year’s Young Professional of the Year Award due to his spectacular work, not only to fulfil project requirements but to make lives better for local people where he has worked. Glyn wowed the judges to such an extent that he was also named as the overall “winner of winners” and the recipient of this year’s Diamond Award.

 Glyn’s work gained particular attention due to his work not only within the UK, in Cumbria after extreme flooding, but also internationally. Despite being a young professional, he has successfully taken on the leadership of a diverse range of projects in conflict-affected or natural disaster-affected countries.

 After five years of experience delivering a major UK infrastructure project for the Ministry of Defence (MOD), from January 2014 he project managed the construction of Camp Qargha an Officers Academy and NATO support base for the Afghan National Army in western Kabul, Afghanistan. From there he moved on to projects in Tripoli Libya, and assessment studies for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation for the reconfiguration of multiple army bases in the north of England. 

Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Glyn led his employer’s damage assessments and its rebuild programmes done through Community Action Nepal (CAN). As a UK-based charity geared to aid the mountain people of Nepal, Glyn engaged with local communities to fully assess the damage and need, following through to lead the rebuilding projects on eight rural schools and 12 rural health posts.

Glyn has worked to achieve project success in potentially hazardous environments, amidst increasing militia fighting or dire circumstances. He has dealt with the myriad working issues seen by UK teams abroad, such as ensuring that UK health and safety standards were maintained as well as overcoming linguistic or cultural barriers. He dealt with up to 12 concurrent projects at once during his work on the assessment studies for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Through all his projects he has had to handle remote logistics and best use of local supplies to achieve project success.

Overall, Glyn’s passion for his work exceeds the average level of dedication. It is clear from the projects he’s taken on that bettering human societies is his ultimate goal, no matter where they are, or what circumstances those societies face. 

Judges’ comments
“Choosing a winner was difficult but Glyn’s sheer passion for his work and desire to change the quality of lives in areas ravaged by war or after natural disasters was decisive. His commitment to go the extra mile to contribute to bettering lives is remarkable; whether in Cumbria after the extreme flooding, disaster relief in Nepal or through other efforts to better conditions in war ravaged areas.”

“In deciding the overall “winner of winners” and the recipient of the Diamond Award we have one phrase to sum up this remarkable young man – ‘He took our breath away!’”.

Dr Christian Christodoulou (AECOM)
Sophie McPhillips (Atkins)
Zoe Green (Atkins)
Mark Glendinning (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff)

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