Glasgow engineer scoops ‘Rising Star’ gong

Emma MacLeod

A top Scottish property talent has been honoured at the recent British Council for Offices’ NextGen Awards.

Glasgow-based Emma MacLeod, associate director at engineering constancy Hurley Palmer Flatt (HPF), was named the ‘Rising Star of Scotland’ at the third annual awards ceremony, which was held in London.

The awards are part of the British Council of Offices’ (BCO) NextGen programme, which seeks to mentor and encourage the next generation of professionals to become future leaders in the industry, while also providing a platform for new talent to share ideas.

The ‘Rising Star’ award recognises the outstanding contribution of an individual under the age of 35 to the office sector in their region. Emma, who has over 15 years’ experience in the engineering industry, was named the winner for Scotland by a panel of local judges.

In her time with HPF, Emma has worked across both public and private sectors in areas including commercial offices; education; healthcare; hotel and leisure; transport; and compliance.

Colleagues who nominated Emma for the accolade described her as having demonstrated technical skills and a strong ambition that has seen her progress well throughout her career. They also noted that she has been a keen contributor on the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Young Engineers Network (CIBSE YEN) committee, where she has organised CPD events and social functions.

Gillian Stewart, director at Michael Laird Architects and member of the BCO Scottish chapter, commented, “The technical skill and personal drive that Emma brings to her work shone from her nomination. In addition to her professional achievements she is actively engaged in mentoring and support of younger engineers through her company’s ambassador and mentoring programme and is a role model for women in the industry.

“Add to that her contribution to the CIBSE YEN committee and her numerous published construction industry articles, Emma is truly a deserving winner – symbolising exactly what the NextGen programme is all about.”

Katrina Kostic Samen, president of the BCO, added, “Emma’s contribution to the industry to date has been remarkable; all the more so for her well deserved career developments following her return to work after starting a family. Her passion to support other parents returning to work is truly inspirational. Congratulations, Emma – a most deserving winner!”