13 November 2018
As the Association for Consultancy and Engineering continues to champion stronger UK infrastructure, we’re proud to see several of our young professionals contribute in meaningful ways to their efforts. Just recently, our Senior Planner Annabel Le Lohé was appointed Chair of ACE’s London & South East Progress Network group.
Having started her ACE involvement in early 2018, Annabel will play an instrumental role in organising events that advance career development and stimulate conversation on hot topics impacting the consultancy and engineering industry.
Earlier in the month, she coordinated an event on exporting Britain’s expertise, inviting speakers from various consultancies to discuss how young professionals can get involved in international projects, tackle their inherent challenges, and what Brexit’s impact might be.
Equally important, though, are the group’s events that promote opportunities to sharpen networking and presentational skills. And in a time when artificial intelligence and robotics are being researched for improved administrative and technical efficiency, the group is also hosting events to discuss the acceleration of delivering a sustainable built environment, supporting the ACE Sustainability Group launched at the recent Parliamentary Reception.
Annabel said she hopes to help ACE expand its reach to wider communities within London and the Southeast, connecting with other emerging professionals’ groups that work within the natural and built environment.
Commenting on her goals, she said:
“You don’t always see a diverse range of role models among higher positions in consultancy, so I’d like to see more sessions on diversity within the industry. It’s about letting people link up and understand the work that goes into consultancy. We’ve got a great mix of both formal and informal events coming up to cater to this.”
She added: “There’s something for everyone. You don’t need to be an engineer. The most exciting thing about this opportunity is I get to meet lots of interesting people with completely unique technical specialisations across the whole industry, and I’m grateful to WYG for supporting my involvement.”
Looking towards 2019, a big theme for Annabel and ACE will be bettering the consultancy workplace. Featured events will analyse the values that companies should reflect and the ways they can give back to their employees. To that end, Annabel has started attending committee meetings to strategise the road map for the events that will espouse those ideals.
Clive Anderson WYG Managing Director and Board Member of ACE said:
“At WYG, we continue to support ACE through the considerable efforts and energy of our staff. Annabel is a wonderful ambassador for WYG and the ACE in the wider industry. The ACE is the association supporting the UK’s professional consultancies operating in the social and economic infrastructure sectors. It champions the economic benefits of infrastructure to government and other stakeholders, representing the views of around 450 members employing 250,000 staff worldwide, contributing more than £15 billion to the UK economy.”
ACE’s London and South East Progress Network works with a range of local stakeholders, including Transport for London, the Mayor of London, and local authorities to positively make the case for infrastructure. To learn more about its mission, visit the ACE website.