Louise wins top constructor gong

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Sheffield graduate Louise Brooke-Smith has been named the Outstanding Woman in Construction at a national awards ceremony.

Dr Brooke-Smith, who studied at Sheffield Polytechnic – now Sheffield Hallam, where she is a Visiting Fellow – is the founder of consultancy Brooke Smith Planning and currently the global President of the Royal In stitution of Chartered Surveyors. She was revealed as the winner at a ceremony at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

The Women in Construction awards, in their ninth year, are a showcase for the best female achievers in the construction and related industries.

“I am honoured to have taken this award, not just for me but for the teams at Brooke Smith Planning and at the RICS,” said Dr Brooke-Smith, whose nomination was for her role with her 10-strong consultancy and her position at the RICS, where, as its first female president, she has been championing women throughout the surveying sector.

“Diversity is critical for successful business, particularly in the world of property and construction.”