10 October 2016

Meet Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon – international award winner

Fritha, IPENZ, award, earthquake, engineering, engineer

IPENZ member Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon has won an international award for her work on the Christchurch earthquake and environmental sustainability.

The United Kingdom’s Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management New Generations Competition recognises young engineers doing outstanding work in water, wastewater or environmental management. Fritha’s entry focused on the importance of innovation following the Christchurch earthquake and how environmental sustainability was particularly prioritised.

Fritha was previously the Chair of Engenerate Canterbury and Vice Chair of Canterbury Branch. Having moved to the United Kingdom 18 months ago, she now works as a Project Engineer with MWH in Newcastle on water and wastewater design on the Northumbrian Water AMP 6 Framework.

As one of three finalists for the award, Fritha presented her paper in Leeds on 8 March. She discussed how she has brought these ideas with her from New Zealand to the UK, and how they are being incorporated into her current designs.

The judges were impressed with her presentation and named her joint winner. Fritha was presented the Otter Trophy by Bruce Keith, the CIWEM President, and now goes forward for the CIWEM Young Environmentalist of the Year award. She also receives a year’s free membership to CIWEM.

“I was delighted to receive this award; it was a fantastic opportunity to promote the amazing work that SCIRT has done since the earthquake and I have really enjoyed bringing new ideas over with me to apply in the UK”.

Fritha has also competed in the ICE Communications Competition with team members Ewan Miller and Matthew Foster. After developing an effective communication plan for an especially complex project, and skilfully handling difficult questions from a fake ‘public’, Fritha and her team were announced the winners of the North East competition and now go on to the semi-final in May.

And Fritha has been announced as a finalist for the ‘Generation for Change (G4C) Young Achiever’ award, with results due out on 28 April.