A young Newcastle professional has won a national award for her achievements in the property industry after beating tough competition from all over the UK at the 2016 RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards.

Stephanie Marshall, Associate Director at Turner & Townsend in Newcastle won the Quantity Surveying category at the annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the most inspirational young surveying professionals aged 35 and under in the UK.

Since joining Turner & Townsend in 2011 Stephanie has been promoted numerous times – from Senior Cost Manager to Area Manager and most recently Associate Director. She currently supports the firm’s Manchester and Newcastle offices, leading teams across major property projects and programmes of work in each of the city regions.

On nominating Stephanie, her line manager, David Hern, Director at Turner & Townsend in Newcastle said: “Steph was identified by our UK Board as the leading name for talent nationally, not surprising as her ability, enthusiasm, passion and work ethic has resulted in a number of additional posts across the business. These include North East 2020 Regional Branding Lead, Sector Leader for Student Accommodation and she’s also involved with our Global Talent Programme.”

He adds: “Steph consistently exceeds expectations for her client’s which is reflected in her client care feedback, and she is consistently singled out by clients who commend her for her first rate industry knowledge and depth of expertise.”

The annual RICS Matrics Young Surveyor of the Year Awards launched three years ago and there are 11 award categories including: Asset & Facilities Management, Building Surveying, Commercial Agency, Public Sector/Academia, Project Management, Planning & Development, Residential, Rural and Valuation.

The overall prize of ‘UK Young Surveyor of the Year’ was awarded to Matthew Fedigan, Director at Domec Ltd in Liverpool for his entrepreneurial talent in co-founding Domec Ltd – a successful facilities services provider that delivers quality solutions relating to the management and upkeep of buildings – and his continual development and expansion of the company. In just five years it boasts market leading clients across the North and Midlands including hotel groups, universities and leading institutions such as the National Trust, with a turnover of £3 million.

Each winner was selected based on their achievements around client satisfaction, innovation, successful collaboration and acting as an ambassador for the profession. Stephanie was the only winner from the North East with others from the South East, South West, London, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

Speaking on Stephanie’s award win, Lynn Robinson, RICS Regional Director said: “Our industry is lacking female talent – particularly in senior roles – however Stephanie is living proof that a career in the land, property and construction sector isn’t just for men and provides huge opportunities to work on some fantastic projects and climb the career ladder. She is truly a credit to her team, clients and an ambassador for the wider property profession.”

RICS Matrics Chair, Amy Leader MRICS of Essex County Council headed up this year’s judging panel. She said:  “The judges and I were extremely impressed with the exceptional caliber of this year’s shortlist and indeed the winners who all really are the very best of the best in the industry, enjoying hugely successful careers and actively helping to shape our local communities and the world around us. We look forward to following their careers and seeing how they inspire the next generation.”

The winners were announced in front of over 360 guests at a black tie ceremony on 18 November 2016 at the Hilton, London Bankside and were hosted by lifelong campaigner for equality and inclusion, Chris Holmes MBE, Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer.

A full list of the winners is available at: www.rics.org/youngsurveyor