Outstanding NSW construction professionals recognised

Two of Seymour Whyte’s New South Wales employees were among the high achievers honoured at the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) NSW’s 2018 People Awards. Seymour Whyte Senior Project Engineer Irena Sims won the Women in Construction award for championing gender diversity in construction, while Project Engineer Matthew Westren was recognised for professional excellence in the Engineer – Contracts over $2M category.

Seymour Whyte Regional Manager – Southern Steve Lambert congratulated his winning team members as well as the company’s other very worthy nominees Scott Calleja (Project Manager – Contracts over $2M), Robert Pascoli (Site Supervisor – Contracts over $2M) and Sue Kopittke (Administration Support).

“Irena, Matthew and our other nominees have each contributed significantly to Seymour Whyte’s cohesive team culture and performance of each of their respective projects.

“We nominated these individuals because we value their commitment and dedication—it is great to see them receive the industry recognition they deserve.”

CCF NSW Chief Executive David Castledine said he was immensely proud of the high levels of individual achievement on display in an industry that is the engine of the NSW economy.

“The individuals recognised in our People Awards tonight are underpinning the rapid growth in an industry that is constructing our great state’s infrastructure,” Mr Castledine said.

The event’s guest of honour, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack, presented the awards to the winners. He later tweeted, “Congratulations to Irene Sims of leading civil engineering company Seymour Whyte, winner of the Women in Civil Construction Award at the NSW Civil Contractors Federation President’s Gala Ball. Some outstanding women in the industry deservedly recognised tonight.”

Ms Sims said she was honoured to be put forward for the award by her employer, and it was amazing to be acknowledged.

“This award is a recognition that Seymour Whyte’s and my involvement in Power of Engineering to encourage more females into science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers is positive and something we should keep working on as an industry.”

Ms Sims has been volunteering for not-for-profit group Power of Engineering since 2016, and this year was the principal facilitator for three of their workshops for high school students at the University of Sydney and Macquarie University. In addition to her volunteer efforts, Ms Sims is a shining role model for both male and female colleagues, having successfully mentored a young team of graduate engineers and consistently delivering for clients despite enormous project challenges.

Irena Sims (centre) accepting her award from Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack (second from left)


Matthew Westren (centre) flanked by CCF NSW Chair Michael Boyle (left), Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and CCF NSW CEO David Castledine (right)

Matthew Westren (centre) flanked by CCF NSW Chair Michael Boyle (left), Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and CCF NSW CEO David Castledine (right)