Trio of trustees shortlisted for award
Three of LionHeart trustees have been shortlisted in the same category at this week’s RICS Matrics Surveyor Awards.
Vice chair Philippa Sampson-Bancroft and associate board members Grace Conisbee and So Sum Lee are all finalists in the Ambassador of the Year category, new for this year.
The award is for an individual who has “contributed significantly to raising the profile of those early in their surveying career” including embracing the RICS leadership and advocacy agenda, charitable initiatives, and have excelled at raising awareness of the surveying profession.
Winners of the 10th annual awards - formerly known as Young Surveyor of the Year - will be announced in a black tie evening event in London on October 20th and aim to recognise the achievements of up and coming surveyors and future leaders of the profession.
Close to 500 professionals are expected to attend, with 11 categories including:
- Apprentice of the Year
- Facilities Management Surveyor of the Year
- Building Surveyor/ Control Surveyor of the Year
- Commercial Property Surveyor of the Year
- Land (Rural and Urban) Surveyor of the Year
- Project Manager Surveyor of the Year
- Residential property Surveyor of the Year
- Quantity/Construction Surveyor of the Year
- Valuation Surveyor of the Year
- Mentor of the Year
- Ambassador of the Year
Philippa said: “Being shortlisted in this, the first year of the Ambassador category, is a thrill and made all the sweeter by being alongside my two LionHeart board colleagues, Grace and So Sum. Working with them as the first associate board members on the LionHeart board has been a pleasure and we are really looking forward to celebrating together whatever the outcome on 20th October.”
Grace added: “I’m delighted to have been nominated for the award, especially in the inaugural year of this category. I’m really looking forward to celebrating with So Sum and Phillipa on Friday - wishing all the finalists the best of luck!”
So Sum, who recently gave a speech at the EG Future Leaders summit in which she described having been previously supported by LionHeart and the difference it made, said: “'I'm so honoured to be shortlisted for the 2023 Matrics Surveyor Award, Ambassador of the Year - it’s something I never thought I would be able to achieve!
“Thanks to LionHeart for encouraging me and all the opportunities given to me - I'm glad to see LionHeart's contribution has been recognised and my fellow board members Philippa and Grace have been shortlisted as well. I'm looking forward to celebrating this special occasion with them and other inspirational leaders in the industry.”
A number of LionHeart ambassadors and supporters also feature in the shortlist for the ceremony, where an overall ‘winner’ will also be announced.
LionHeart’s head of operations Juliet Smithson said: “These awards are always a special occasion and really showcase some of the amazing individuals and advocates for the surveying profession. It is a real achievement to make a shortlist like this and it’s fantastic to see many of LionHeart’s friends including trustees, ambassadors and fundraisers on there. We wish all finalists the best of luck and a wonderful evening of celebration.”
- Find out more on the RICS website here
- Watch So Sum lee's EG speech below: