The winners of the 2020 FIS Fit-Out Futures Awards were announced on 4 February at Plaisterers Hall in London.  The event, which was attended by some 300 FIS members and guests, is held annually to celebrate the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to their personal development, organisation and the finishes and interiors community.  There are four categories – Apprentice of the Year, Outstanding Employee, Future Leader and the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Apprentice of the Year

Winner: Kennya Horton – Apprentice Carpenter, Stortford Interiors (UK)
Kindly sponsored by: Fit-Out-Futures

The judges said: ‘Kennya is showing great determination to succeed in a male dominated profession.  The effort she applies to learning, coupled with her skill level and enthusiasm, is truly exceeding expectations.  It was interesting to read how, not only is she inspiring other apprentices and peers, but inspiring her mentors to enjoy delivering training and up their game.’

Runner up: Lewis Round – Plastering Apprentice, Roseville Contracts

The judges said: ‘Lewis’ ability is a credit and he shows real determination to do a good job and further his own successful career – something that cannot be trained. His ‘can do’ attitude shines through and his speed, efficiency and willingness to learn is apparent. He also comes across as an incredibly pleasant young man.’

Outstanding Employee

Winner: Tony Waistell – Site Supervisor, Thomas Interiors
Kindly sponsored by: SpecFinish

The judges commented: ‘ Tony’s loyalty, dedication and tenacity in a totally selfless capacity are to be commended.  And the support shown to his colleagues is outstanding.

He appears to really care about his team and also appears to show the utmost dedication. We were particularly impressed on how he clearly takes his employees welfare seriously, an issue we know is incredibly important these days.’

Runner up: Lee Jones – Assistant Surveyor, Manorcraft Interiors

The judges said:  ‘Lee has shown reliability, adaptability and attention to detail. He shows commitment to personal development and respect for his colleagues.

His commitment to the company, his role and ongoing training shines through, in terms of the quality outcomes achieved in his management of major profile projects.’

Future Leader

Winner: Robbie Ritchie – Heritage Assistant, Locker and Riley (Fibrous Plastering)
Kindly sponsored by: CCF

The judges commented: ‘Robbie is someone who is clearly very adaptable and shows great initiative in his own professional development. He communicates well and has gained respect within the team he already leads.’ 

Runner up: Lee Moore – Site Manager, Stortford Interiors (UK)

The judges said: ‘Lee has his eye on his own professional development and at the same time leads by example and has respect from his fellow workers.’ 

Lifetime Achievement

Julie Anderson – Design Director, Rap Interiors
Kindly sponsored by: CCF

Julie has been heavily involved in the community and raising awareness of the sector to encourage young people to get into construction for many years.

Described as a natural leader and outstanding communicator, she is always on hand to offer advice and support to colleagues.

She is a well-known figure in the Kent Construction Community through their involvement with the Kent Construction Focus Group and the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce.

She works tirelessly for many local charities and encourages young people to join our sector through local careers fairs, where she provides mock job interviews to boost confidence and encourage participation.

She has encouraged many to consider a career in construction and is an outstanding role model not just for these young people but for her own team, who recognise that her energy and commitment have contributed to the success of the company.

To see the photographs of the event head over to our Facebook page

Thanks to our Headline sponsor:

and our Event Sponsors SPIT, Go Interiors and FGF