Murphy announces its Graduate of the Year

A supportive attitude, great technical knowledge and a willingness to get stuck in – that’s what Joe Allen has shown to be named Murphy’s Graduate of the Year for 2015.

Joe, a graduate civil engineer from Golborne, was presented with his award by CEO Steve Hollingshead at the recent staff roadshow at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

When a landslip at a railway cutting at Harbury, Warwickshire closed the crucial north-south mainline, Murphy was called in to remove 350,000 tonnes of material, re-profile the cutting and carry out extensive repairs to associated infrastructure. Throughout the project, Joe stood out for his contribution, initiative and positive attitude.

On receiving his award, Joe said: “I was delighted and honoured to be named Graduate of the Year. The Harbury job was a challenging project to work on but its success is down to the entire Murphy team on site together with the input of Network Rail and the designers.”

Joe went above and beyond what was required of him both on and off site, showing initiative and drive. Working with designers and site operatives, Joe introduced a GPS system that linked to a bulldozer and several long reach excavators to help maximise their efficiency.

Joe also worked hard to engage with the local community, which was critical to the success of the project. Joe contributed his time to attend the local village fete and also led site visits for local schoolchildren and residents. These tours allowed the local community to see the scale of the works and made a huge difference in winning their support.

Joe wowed the judges with his commitment to all aspects of his work, always being willing to help others with learning and development and never missing a chance to expand his own knowledge.

This year’s runner up was named as Anna Dateshidze, a London-based mechanical engineer. Over the last year she has worked across the country gaining great experience with high profile clients such as National Grid and SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy). Anna has been instrumental in introducing new software that has helped her team improve the way they work.

Rob Houghton, group head of learning and development congratulated Joe and Anna on their achievements: “The quality of this year’s entries to our Graduate of the Year competition made judging very difficult, but it goes to show the wide-ranging talent we have in Murphy. Joe and Anna are really deserving of their awards and I look forward to watching their Murphy careers develop in the years to come.”


To find out more about our graduate scheme and a chance to join us in September click here.

Steve Hollingshead (CEO) and Joe Allen

Steve Hollingshead (CEO) and Joe Allen

Posted 03 February 2016

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