The Leader of the Year was a new category for 2016. It aimed to recognise an outstanding,business and people leader in the FM profession, as well as an ambassador for FM, acknowledged by peers, who had shown support of the wider FM profession.
As Managing Director of Skanska, Katy Dowding manages over 800 employees and a multi-million pound business across healthcare, defence, education, justice and commercial sectors. Her notable professional successes have included Skanska’s 2015 Business Plan to chart the future development of Skanska UK and leading the £352 million refurbishment project of the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters in Whitehall.
Katy is a regular participant in and contributor to the FM community and wider profession, and has set up projects such as the Diversity and Inclusion Group, which seeks to drive diversity and inclusion in all home markets.
After working for Skanska for 13 years, her wealth of experience within the FM industry has contributed greatly to Skanska’s overall business strategy. Her exceptional all-round experience and passion for the industry has given her an incredible ability to project and sell FM and lead FM into the future.