Watford Community Housing Trust employee wins prestigious Women in Property award!
Rebecca Freeman, Project Surveyor at Watford Community Housing Trust, has won the South East region’s Women in Property Student Award! Rebecca received a £300 prize and a trophy, and will now progress to the national finals, to go head-to-head with all the other regional winners for a chance to win £700 and the prestigious title.
Run by the Association of Women in Property (WiP), the award recognises the work of talented female students from universities across the country studying for degrees in the built environment sector, such as Architecture or Regional Planning. By linking the building and planning industry with universities, the awards highlight the vital connection between education and work placements and emphasise the importance of equality in the sector.
Rebecca, who is studying for a degree in Building Surveying at the University of Westminster, was nominated by her lecturer, John Begg, after she achieved consistently high marks and positive feedback – whilst also juggling a full-time job, pregnancy and a new-born daughter.
Rebecca joined the Trust in 2010 as a Resource Planner, and after seven years of hard work in various positions she was recently, on her return from maternity leave, promoted to her current position as a Project Surveyor. Throughout her time here, the Trust has supported Rebecca with financial aid and by allowing her flexible working hours, so that she can achieve her degree and carry on working.
Rebecca had to beat over 20 other regional finalists to become one of three winners in the South East. Despite stiff competition, one of the judges commented that Rebecca “had the edge” on the other entrants and she clinched the title! She will now go on to represent the South East against 12 other competitors at the national competition, where she will face a judging panel. The final will conclude in a black tie awards dinner at Claridge’s in London.
Speaking about her amazing achievement, Rebecca said “The WiP regional Award has given me the opportunity to meet people from different disciplines in construction and listen to their views and opinions on the industry, while showcasing my own skills. It’s been such a positive and exciting experience and I look forward to the national competition.”
We’re so proud of Rebecca and her achievements, and wish her the best of luck in the national competition!