Winner! G4C Future Leader National Award – Kathryn Gundry

After winning the regional award last year, the New Year has got off to a flying start for Kathryn who has just been announced Winner of the G4C Future Leader 2021 national award.  We are delighted that Kathryn’s continuous passion for inclusive and people-centric design, evident through her extensive research and published work, has been recognised on a national level and we feel the award is thoroughly well-deserved.

I feel humbled to have won this award and it really is a testament to the amazing support I have been surrounded by over the last couple of years.  It was inspiring to be surrounded by people striving for excellence within the construction sector.  These awards highlight the joint effort of working together to improve outcomes in the built environment.

Congratulations to all the other G4C finalists and especially to Rachael Ng who was highly commended.

The support I have received in-house at WWA from Mark Slater and Jean Hanna has made this possible.  As well as outside through the work with Tracey McEachran and all the board members at Women in Social Housing, along with the support from my family and husband.

I am excited as part of the regional award to be on the board at SECBE and to support the essential work they do to celebrate the best and inspire the rest.  It is through education we learn to improve, from apprentice schemes to awards SECBE make this possible.

This has been a fantastic honour and it inspires me onto my next challenges.  At WWA we will be championing a new research paper on trauma-informed design and looking to pilot this on new schemes. Furthermore, we will be seeking to fund the build of a Disabled Facilities Grant prefab pod over the coming years. I will continue to work with our talented WWA team and incredible clients (like Housing21 who were nominated for Client of the Year) to create architecture and spaces with meaning that last.

 Outside of WWA, I will be looking to create a selection of videos about the jobs in construction to encourage younger people into the sector. I will continue to champion equity and inclusion. Personally, a big ambition is to qualify as an access consultant to further my ability to help people gain access equality in the built environment, as well as continuing to be a part of local schools’ careers events.

 It has been an insightful two years and highlighted there is more to do! Thank you to the sponsors who make these awards possible. ” 

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