Lancaster graduate succeeds in winning ‘Young Achiever’ award


Sabrina Ihaddaden, Chair of the Postgraduate Board 2012/13, picks up Young Achiever Award at the National Management and Leadership Awards, hosted by the Chartered Management Institute on 10 October in London.

Ihaddaden, who studied for an MSc in Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Lancaster, told SCAN that she was “amazed” when she found she had reached the final and even more so after having won the award. “I feel extremely proud and honoured to represent Lancaster University, the Graduate College, but also the Engineering department. My experience as the Chair of the PG Board has been extremely enriching and nothing would have been achieved without the PG Board members teamwork,” Ihaddaden told SCAN.

“I would never be grateful enough for all what Lancaster bring to me! It has been an amazing experience that I will never forget!”

The Lancaster Graduate, who is now currently working as a Developing Engineer for Bombardier Transportation UK, was nominated for the award by Claire Povah, the Graduate College Principal at Lancaster University, during the summer of 2013. Povah stated that Ihaddaden is “inspirational and embodies the enthusiasm and dynamism of Lancaster University’s student body and to have this recognised by this national award is amazing.” She went on to say how inspiring this could be for everyone, in particular to young women aspiring to “lead and manage”.

“LUSU are incredibly proud that a student officer has won the Young Achiever of the Year Award 2013.”

Joe Pullan, LUSU President, wanted to reinforce how proud the Students’ Union is for Ihaddaden having achieved the award and how grateful that everyone is for her dedication and commitment to the Graduate College. “She has vastly improved the student experience for Graduate College by running initiatives that engage and involve her fellow students. She has represented and listened to the views of her college and should be commended as a fantastic leader.”

Ihaddaden now works for Bombardier Transportation UK, which manufactures trains and planes.

Now in its fourth year, the annual NML awards acknowledge those with outstanding achievement in management and leadership, whether you are an SME (small and medium-sized enterprises), third sector, public or private organisation.

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