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The Nick Fayers Ipswich Interact Rising Star Award

A new award for 2019, the ‘Nick Fayers Ipswich Interact Rising Star Award’ is sponsored by the members of Ipswich Interact and given in memory of Nick Fayers who passed away in December 2017. This award is part of a national competition run by Interact to celebrate ‘Rising Stars’ of the industry. The award seeks to celebrate outstanding contribution to the property and construction industry through expertise, innovation and the consideration of others.

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2022 Winner

The ‘Nick Fayers Ipswich Interact Rising Star
Award’ is sponsored by the members of Ipswich Interact and given in memory of Nick Fayers, who passed away in December 2017. Part of a national competition, the award celebrates outstanding contribution to the property and construction industry through expertise, innovation and the consideration of others. Against stiff competition, the winner of this year’s
award is Alex Drouet, Senior Design Manager at Barnes Construction. Alex joined Barnes Construction on their Management Trainee Scheme in 2010, before deciding to focus his efforts on design 
management in 2012. Bob Steward, Joint MD at Barnes Construction said: “A fundamental element of the way Alex works is through collaboration and teamwork. He
is enthusiastic and always tries to foster positive relationships with the whole supply chain. This has contributed to the successful delivery of a number of our schemes.” Alex was delighted to be given the award and said: “Having progressed through the training programme myself, I have always been very passionate about helping others who are going through the same journey, and I have found it extremely rewarding to put time and effort into their learning and development.”
Alex will now go forward to the national
competition as Ipswich representative.

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2019 Winner

The winner of the 2019 Nick Fayers Ipswich Interact Rising Star Award is Matt Mclaughlin.

Matt, on the advice of his grandparents applied for and was accepted by Barnes Construction on their Management Trainee Scheme some 15 years ago. He has successfully moved through the ranks becoming an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, and then Senior Quantity Surveyor, collecting on the way an Honours degree from Anglia Ruskin University.

He is currently managing various multi-million-pound schemes as well as some of Barnes’s key frameworks, and during his time with the business, he has mentored successive new management trainees helping them on their career journey. 

However, this award is not just a county award, as Matt now goes forward with the winners of other Interact branches nationally. Three finalists will be selected and go head-to-head at the annual National Lunch held in October, where the overall winner will be announced and receive a cash prize of £1,000, with £500 for second prize and £250 for third place.

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