VolkerWessels UK named ‘Large company of the year’ at the National Centre for Diversity’s #FREDIE awards 2022

VolkerWessels UK is proud to announce that the business has been named ‘Large company of the year’ and 'Engineering company of the Year' at the National Centre for Diversity's FREDIE awards 2022, and were ranked 15 in the ‘Top 100 Most Inclusive Workplaces’.


The National Centre for Diversity is the UK's leading organisation promoting Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and its annual FREDIE awards champion and celebrate individuals and organisations who go above and beyond in their commitment to Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement.

VolkerWessels UK is proud of its inclusive culture, and is determined to be a business where everyone feels included, valued and free to be their authentic selves – a sustainable business which is enriched by diversity, and is an attractive and comfortable workplace for both employees and stakeholders; one which can attract, and retain, the best people.

Emma Ward, head of sustainability and inclusion, commented: “Winning these two FREDIE awards is a huge privilege and a testament to our efforts to raise awareness, broaden horizons and keep EDI conversations going across our business. It was great to see our collective endeavours recognised at this national event, which is made possible by our amazing group of EDI champions and our EDI steering group, and their ongoing commitment, passion, and enthusiasm for driving our EDI agenda forward. This is the third consecutive year that we’ve won ‘Engineering company of the year’ and with ’Large company of the year’ covering all sectors, it really does demonstrate our ongoing journey.”

Paul McCreath, group HR director said: “We are thrilled to have won both of these categories. The awards are based on both our Investors in Diversity survey and feedback, and our EDI strategy, as well as all of our activities over the past year. Thank you to everyone across the business who took part in the survey and all those who have worked so hard to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. It was great to see all our efforts recognised at the event last week. We were also ranked number 15 in the list of the top 100 employers!”

Naomi Connell, chief finance officer, added. ‘On behalf of the VolkerWessels UK Board and the whole leadership team, we are proud to have been recognised at this year’s FREDIE awards 2022. Having an inclusive culture is extremely important to us and our recently launched, renewed and refreshed EDI strategy demonstrates our determination to ‘build inclusion together’ – driving equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring that EDI is prioritised as a key strategic focus for our business.”

To learn more about our approach to EDI and to read our newly published EDI strategy 2022 click here.