Rising Stars: What happened next for Lucy Maddin-Uden

Lucy Maddin-Uden

WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards are now in their seventh year.

The Rising Star awards were introduced to showcase the UK pipeline of female talent below management and to create female 100 role models across 25 different industries and professions.

Over the year’s, the awards have recognised over 600 women across the UK and India.

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a Rising Star award.

We spoke to Lucy Maddin-Uden, who won a Rising Star in Property, Construction & FM Award in 2020.

As Group Strategic Project Manager at Keltbray, Lucy is responsible for delivering & implementing strategy for group-wide projects, ensuring joined-up thinking and a tactical approach to major opportunities.

Currently focusing on Heathrow Expansion, with a remint to assist, challenge & advise Board Directors in strategic & tactical thought processes.

Lucy has worked at Keltbray Group for over 5 years, beginning her career in the construction industry as Group Business Development Manager. Following 2 successful years in this role, Lucy saw an opportunity to thrive in a position that spoke to a direct business need. This new role was & is the first of its kind at Keltbray & provides a singular strategic approach across 20+ business units, offering cohesive & integrated delivery, right from inception.

Lucy has a 10 year background in Event & Hospitality Management working for clients including Google & Samsung.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a Rising Star award?

I actually couldn’t believe it. I thought that with so many brilliant women in the running, how would my contributions match-up. On the morning of the announcement, I didn’t even check, that’s how convinced I was. Then my twitter started going crazy, so I checked twitter first & then had to double check the We Are The City website & there was my little face – I was a winner. I couldn’t believe it. It was a great surprise during Lockdown 1.0.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the Rising Star award?

The comm’s team at Keltbray did a great job of getting the news out there. I was featured across all social media platforms, the intranet & the website. I was also featured in BDonline & Rail Business Daily. It’s been even stranger times since the winners were announced & so much has changed structurally within Keltbray. We now have a new CEO who is very passionate about inclusion & it is very high on his agenda, which is great.

I have definitely been recognised for my contributions & I have felt much more confident moving forward. I have joined the RIA EDI Charter Working Group, this charter has now been released with over 100 signatories, I have also joined the CECA FIR working group, looking at best practice across the construction industry. I have also been asked to become the ‘Keltbray Group Inclusion Manager’ reporting directly into the CEO. The plan is to develop an Inclusion Council & develop our company Inclusion Strategy from there. Very exciting.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Don’t write yourself off. You will get so much more from it than you think. I thought it would be the exposure that would be the greatest asset to me but it’s actually the validation & increased confidence, encouraging me to say YES & keep speaking out.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

Just keep going. Some people will think you are a disrupter & some will be happy that you are disrupting, you can’t & never will be able to please them all. Remain true to your morals & beliefs, they will guide you.


Nominations for our 2021 Rising Star Awards open on 11 January 2021. You can find out more about the awards here and how to nominate someone here.

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