Wolseley Graduate Scoops National Award

Published:  24 September, 2010

LEAMINGTON SPA: Alison Murphy, deputy brand marketing manager for Build Center, has been recognised for her efforts in the world of wood promotion.

The 25-year-old Birmingham University graduate scooped the top prize in the Career Development category at the annual Timber Trades Journal Awards held at London’s Park Lane Hotel.

She received her award from business woman Karren Brady, who hosted the event at which she was also the guest speaker. In addition to a trophy, Alison also won a trip to Sweden, courtesy of SCA Timber Supply Ltd, who sponsored the category, to visit some of the country’s timber mills and forests.

Ms Murphy was nominated for the award by Paul Robertson, national timber development manager for Wolseley UK, who accompanied her to the event attended by almost 400 people.

“I was delighted to hear Alison’s name called out as the winner,” he said. “She is an excellent role model for any young person looking to make a career in a business support function.

“Her commitment to her own personal development has benefitted both herself and the company, especially the work she has done in supporting the timber strategy for the Build and Timber Center brands and it is good to see all that effort rewarded in this way”.

Ms Murphy, who gained a First Class Honours degree in International Business Commerce, completed her Chartered Management Institute qualification with a distinction for her final project on promotions in Build Center.

This month she starts a Chartered Institute of Marketing qualification and has been given the task of developing the marketing plan for timber within the Build and Timber Center branches.

Ms Murphy said: “I was really honoured to win the TTJ award. We’ve done a lot of work on Timber this year and it’s been great to see this has been recognised by the industry.

“The event was a great experience from start to finish so winning the award and the trip to Sweden was a real bonus.”

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