Turner & Townsend Directors: Natasia McMahon (left) & Michelle Jackson (right)

Multinational professional services company Turner & Townsend, has been recognised as the best professional services firm in the country for the 2019/2020 season. The accolade was granted by the SA Professional Services Awards sponsored by Sanlam and W. Consulting.

The company also won the Construction Sector Firm of the Year Award and had half a dozen professionals recognised as finalists at the Awards. Michelle Jackson, one of the company directors, received special commendation from the judges in the Construction Sector Professional of the Year category.

Professionals from various organisations were set to gather at a gala dinner in Montecasino Ball Room on the evening of 19 March 2020 to honour the best amongst them. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SAPSA Awards were indefinitely postponed. The organisers of the event have subsequently undertaken to progressively announce the winners for the 2019/2020 edition prior to hosting a gathering for all finalists and guests. This marks the fifth edition of the Awards following a rigorous process of determining winners through strict criteria.

Janette Minnaar, the chair of the adjudication panel explained how the winners were determined.

“Individuals were judged based on a host of attributes including demonstration of leadership skills, changing of paradigms and innovation within the bounds of available resources. We also conferred a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards to deserving recipients who had served their professions faithfully for many years,” said Minnaar.

The firm awards were based on the following criteria – business growth, customer service, technical excellence, contribution to the community, contribution to the profession, transformation record and commitment to ethics and professionalism. The criteria were not equally weighted, a strong showing in one category was sufficient to put the firm above the rest.

“It was a solid year for Turner & Townsend Africa business with revenue up ten percent, despite some economic and political uncertainty,” the judges remarked. “This was underpinned by strong performances, in particular in the natural resources sector, in South Africa and in the real estate sector in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, where they enjoyed successes with clients including Nissan. Turner & Townsend has a superb range of initiatives (15 to be exact) that provide opportunities for the construction profession and for the communities in which they operate. Most impressive is that the company offers an ISO certification programme that passes on the ability to compete in a highly complex, technical and progressively international market place and ensure the sustainable development of Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) and Exempt Micro Enterprises (EMEs).”

Watch the Award announcement below: