Gillian Steele, based in the Cardiff office, was awarded the prestigious National Ground Engineering Next Generation award as “Young Geotechnical Engineer of the Year” (Under 26). The awards are highly competitive, and entered by many talented young high calibre geotechnical engineers throughout the country. This makes Gillian’s win all the more impressive, and a proud moment for Opus. The awards ceremony took place on the 19th November in London.
Commenting on her win, the judging panel explained “Gillian is passionate about geotechnical engineering, has broad experience and a clear development path for the future.”
Huw Edwards, Opus' UK Managing Director, adds “This is a fantastic achievement for someone who is just beginning their career. It’s hard to believe that Gillian only graduated last summer. Not only is she progressing well technically, Gillian is extremely proactive outside of work. She is heavily involved in the South Wales Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Graduates and Students group, she also organises and participates in many sporting fundraising events. She is a great role model for graduates and definitely one to watch. ”
Gillian joined Opus just over a year ago, and in this short space of time, she has become a highly valued member of the geotechnical team. Gillian is passionate about promoting ground engineering to young people, which she actively endorses through her roles as a Construction Skills and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) Ambassador and as the Vice Chairperson for the ICE Graduate and Student Group in South Wales. She is also the Cardiff office ambassador for the company’s Women in Leadership initiative. Gillian has also spent time in Opus’ Wellington office in New Zealand, as part of her “year in industry”. She witnessed the destruction caused by the Christchurch earthquake and aftershocks, which not only highlighted the importance of the interaction of structures with the ground, but confirmed her passion for the ground engineering sector.
Outside of work, she is a member of the Cardiff Triathlon Club and earlier this year took part in the Carten 100 challenge raising money for charity.
Photo from L to R: Claire Smith (Ground Engineering), Gillian Steele, Graham Holland (Canal and Rivers Trust Head of Asset Management)