Marcus Goodwin and Sarah Woodmansey have been selected as Co-Chair’s for Manchester FFT.

It may have been a while since our last newsletter, but we have been busy working away on a number of projects including the planning of some fantastic networking events as well as reorganising the committee. We hope to introduce some fresh ideas and innovative ways in which we can help you learn more about the Built Environment in the Northwest Region and help you develop meaningful contacts with others in the industry for the benefit of your career.

As the new Co-Chairs of the fft Manchester, we would like to make all our members and those affiliated with the fft, aware of the recent developments within the committee and update you all with our future plans following our AGM meeting this month.

First, it is important to highlight the work, commitment, and support shown from both the fft and fbe committees in providing networking events for young professionals within the industry and within Manchester.

We would like to say “Bon Voyage” to some of our former members including Anita Singh, Lucy Mills and Emma Richardson. We thank you for your efforts over the last few years and wish them well with their careers.

We warmly welcome our new committee members who have joined us over the last 12 months: Eve Johnstone, Sarah Woodmansey, Marcus Goodwin and our newest member Kevin Swindells who joined in August 2018.

We will also be on the lookout for new applicants to join the fft Manchester committee to further expand the forum into different industries within the Built Environment. If you are interested in becoming a member of our team then please contact Eve Johnstone, or Grant Prescott, for more information.

Our core focus and values remain the same; to provide for young professionals working within the industry, and to come together to develop relationships that will enhance their future careers.  Unlike many other institutions, fft Manchester has members from across multiple disciplines and is focused more on business development, networking and the social aspects of the industry.  We will continue to do this through the superb events provided by fft Manchester and the wider fft branches throughout the UK, and we rely on your support to keep our events going!

We are now in a position to provide with you a taster of what is to come over winter 2018 and in to the new year.

The next event is the famous Construction Cluedo which is taking place tonight at The Fitzgerald on Stevenson Square. Join us to work out who has committed the crime and win the first-class prize!

As we move into the colder months, we will be hosting a whiskey tasting at the Briton Protection on the 15th November and we look to visit the Christmas markets in December, we hope to see you there.

In the New Year, and in line with Dry January, you can expect a series of food related and CPD events before our Speed Valentines networking in February.

We look forward to catching up / meeting you at one of our many events over the coming months and would like to thank you again for your support.


Sarah Woodmansey and Marcus Goodwin


Co-chairs, fft Manchester


Meet the Committee

Sarah Woodmansey, Co-Chair

I joined Kier in 2016 after graduating from The University of Sheffield in 2015 with a BSc in Geography and an MA in Real Estate Planning and Development. The months between graduating and the beginning of my Kier days, I spent travelling in Australia and other random places including Texas, Dubai and New York. I recently qualified as a chartered surveyor and I am now a member of the RICS.


I moved to Manchester only 6 months ago from the wonderful Hull which was a big change of scenery for me - although being a massive food and drink fan I certainly settled in well and quickly felt I could call Manchester my home!


My role at Kier is within the property development team of Kier Property and I specialise in Development Management. This role involves taking sites from inception through to disposal. I regularly work with agents, tenants, investors and consultants from all disciplines as part of my day-to-day work. Therefore, I find fft so incredibly useful for connecting with those at a similar level within the industry to myself and this is why I wanted to join the committee.


Since my involvement with the fft, I have expanded my knowledge of the construction industry and built a strong network of contacts. I have found fft has also helped me on a person level by improving my networking skills and organisation when putting together the pub quiz and summer networking drinks event. I have made some amazing lifelong friends along the way and I hope to continue the Manchester branch’s good work as Co-Chair.


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Marcus Goodwin, Co-Chair


I am Marcus Goodwin and I am the Co-Chair of fft Manchester. I am 27 years old and I am a Building Services Engineer. I have been in the Construction industry since 2012 and I went to Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne and studied Building Services Engineering. I started off with a full-time sandwich degree, completed a year’s placement in Manchester and ended up finishing my degree part time on day release for that company!


I have lived in Manchester all my life other than two years living in Newcastle for University. I have always had an interest in buildings and from an early age I used to help my dad doing building work at the evenings / weekends. In my first year of high school, I decided I wanted to be an Architect and worked to achieve my goal, however in my first year of college I changed my mind, this led me to find my dream job as a Building Services Engineer and since then I have never looked back.


I joined fft as I want to be a part of something that is a great tool to fellow young professionals and can help people make the right decisions in their career. I see this forum as a great way to meet like-minded people and to have a good time while doing so.


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Pearce Darnell, Treasurer


After studying Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management in 2014 full time at The University of Central Lancashire (it wasn’t as dry as it sounds!) I began my career 4 years ago with a PQS practice that specialises in quantum, delay and disruption analysis. After two and a half years I decided to jump the fence and become a contractors QS for Willmott Dixon. I am currently working on a number of schemes within the North West namely with The University of Manchester as a part of their campus masterplan.


My hobbies and career mainly include looking after money! I am the treasurer for a local amateur dramatics society in Lancashire where I live and also the fft Manchester branch, more famously named as Bad Santa by our previous chair Stuart Rogers for my stringent methods of keeping our spending in check! Besides from this I enjoy walks on the weekend with my dog and partner and relieving my youth from time to time by playing PS4 for several hours!


In November 2015 I helped to establish fft Manchester as a founder member, I have a real passion for the built environment and wanted to combine this with my desire to establish new contacts and friendships within the industry so that as my career flourishes I can take my contacts with me. I also wanted to bring something different to the Manchester networking and CPD scene and with the success of fft I/we have been able to do this.



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Alistair Lambert, Events Co-ordinator

I am a mechanical design engineer working on a broad variety of projects at WSP and a Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. I joined the design team as a graduate and quickly worked my way up to Engineer with an experience in a variety of sectors such as retail, commercial, residential and healthcare/ pharmaceutical. I am heavily involved in business development and client facing activities including the fft.


As the events coordinator for the fft committee, it goes without saying that I enjoy attending events and networking. I love meeting new people and have a made a number of great connections through being part of the fft. I’m passionate about my dog, who has his own Instagram page and I am currently campaigning for animals to be allowed on the Metrolink!


Having joined the committee at the birth of the group in 2016, I am there to lend support to all our events, using my in-depth knowledge of Manchester bar scene and venues to support the team where needed. I often call upon my trusted canine assistant (and honorary fft member) Casper to help with the organisation of events, so keep an eye out for him in future!



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Grant Prescott, Committee Member


I first came to Manchester back in 2000 to study architecture (and save) for a two-year stint studying Building Conservation in Cardiff, have been here ever since. Upon returning to Manchester from Wales in 2006 I joined Buttress (formerly Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams) and completed the rest of my studies on a part-time basis. Working in Buttress' heritage team since then I have been involved in a variety of projects across the country. My main professional passion is historic buildings, and I love the challenge of breathing new life into these places, adding new chapters to their history.


In 2016 I helped to establish the fft as one of its founder members, and it has been great to work and establish friendships with fantastic people across various sectors, both on the Committee and with those who have helped make our events a consistent success. I really enjoy getting out and meeting new people and the friendly and approachable nature of fft events makes this all the more enjoyable.


Outside of work I enjoy going for a run out in the Lancashire hills where I live, and also putting myself through the torture that is watching Blackburn Rovers every other weekend".


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Eve Johnstone, Committee Member


As a solicitor in contentious construction matters, I don’t spend much time “on site” and I think it’s fair to say I have a different perspective of the industry.  Therefore, I feel I bring something a little different to the committee. I spend my day to day supporting clients, be they Employers, Contractors or Professional Consultants, offering them advice on anything from general contract administration queries; key tactical moves they could make to improve their position with regards any unfolding/ongoing dispute; or even representing them in adjudications or legal proceedings at Court.


I am a local lass, having grown up in Chorlton and Altrincham and attended school in Whalley Range. I love to travel and am lucky to have lived in 5 countries. After finishing my degree in Hispanic Studies and History at Nottingham University I moved to France, where I worked for 4 years and held a number of different legal and non-legal roles. I can speak 4 languages (on a good day!) and my passions include learning about new cultures and cuisines, the built environment, dancing, Manchester, history and law. 


I joined the fft committee because I enjoyed attending the fft social events and wanted to be more involved. The fft has helped me to make connections at my level with a diverse range of junior professionals in the Manchester Property and Construction market. Taking on the responsibility of leading a number of fft events has allowed me to develop my skills and build my own presence both internally at my firm and in the external local market. I hope that the relationships I’ve made through the fft will continue to grow as we all progress in our careers.



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Kevin Swindells, Social Media Manager


After completing my degree in BSc Geography at the University of Exeter Falmouth Campus in 2010, I returned to Manchester and established myself as resident DJ at various bars and restaurants, mainly in the Northern Quarter.


After a brief stint travelling in South America in 2011, I returned to Manchester once again, and after a couple of years of bar work began my Masters’ Degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management at the University of Manchester. During my MSc I began working at Urban Green as Environmental Planner, starting at one day per week and eventually making the transition to full time, using my knowledge of EIA to produce Landscape and Townscape Visual Impact Assessments, Site Promotion Documents, Green Belt Studies and also taking on a Business Development role.


In terms of hobbies I enjoy running, cycling and hiking, and still collect records. I have also maintained my bi-weekly residency at Trof, Northern Quarter every other Friday playing a everything from Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and Disco, to Reggae, Jazz and everything in between. In joining the fft I hope to bring together my love of nightlife and the built environment, I use my contacts across both sectors to facilitate interesting and engaging events to inspire young professionals in the industry.


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