Judges have a named a Mentor of the Year and Business Woman of the Year for 2021 – and she is an Ebbsfleet Development Corporation board member.

Louise Hardy picked up the prestigious titles at the Forward Ladies National Leadership Summit on Friday.

She said she was shocked and surprised to pick up both awards.

She has previously worked with youngsters at Ebbsfleet Academy to encourage them to take up engineering careers.

Louise was entered for the in 2019 but due to the pandemic the awards did not run in 2020 so judges carried them over for 2021.

Louise is a civil engineer. She is a former director of Laing O’Rourke, where her role focused on the delivery of infrastructure for the Olympic Park.

As a senior project manager at Bechtel Ltd, her projects included a £150 million portfolio of station refurbishments for Tube Lines, delivering a section of the Transylvanian Motorway, and delivering significant elements of HS1 at Ebbsfleet.

Louise is currently a non-executive director with the Ministry of Defence as well as with Sirius Minerals.