2018 Winners


Isla Hillyear Hill
GCU Alumna of the Year 2018
Senior Quantity Surveyor, BAM Richies
In recognition of her work as a female leader in engineering and contribution to the common good through her schools initiatives.
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying 2013

Isla joined GCU as a mature student, and joined the industry during her 3rd year placement. She has been involved in blasting tunnels and drilling holes with BAM ever since!
She won the 'Women in Construction and Engineering' Top Female Quantity Surveyor at the 2017 WICE Awards and was nominated to the Confederation of British Industry's 'Future Leaders' group in 2017 presenting recommendations on Digital Construction to the UK government.

Isla said:

"I love working in this industry at this exciting time of innovation and fast paced change. I am proud of what I have achieved since graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University and continue to work in the job role I studied for with the company who directly recruited me through the School of Engineering and Built Environment. I am honoured to be receiving the Alumnus of the Year Award 2018."

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Isla has had a hands-on role in delivering 'Engineering the Future for Girls', and within her company, 'Bring your Daughter to Work Day', designing a Quantity Surveying activity for the participants. Isla also goes in to schools to deliver 'Bridges to Schools'. This is an engineering scheme created to inspire primary age children to consider joining the industry. Isla created and included a quantity surveying activity to allow the children to learn about the commercial aspect of engineering at the same time.

In 2017 she presented 'Inspiring People' through her company and created student places which were sent to the University to allow students to attend and network.

Isla is a full member of ICES and currently setting up their 2040 Forum for young members to have an opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas. She represents BAM in the north on the Women at BAM committee, delivers STEM activities and implements the WISE 10 steps within the company.

She has worked on a number of high profile projects including Glendoe Recovery Project, Rest & Be Thankful Barriers and as commercial lead on the anchoring works at the St James Centre in Edinburgh.

Isla says: “I love my life – my career and everything I do when I’m not at work and I hope that I can inspire women in my own industry and other roles to achieve their potential and to have the confidence to go for opportunities they might not otherwise feel they should.”


Pedro Santos
GCU Alumnus of the Year 2018
Founder, Remakeup
In recognition of his entrepreneurship and contribution to the common good through ReMake Up as a social business.
MSc Social Business and Microfinance 2015

Pedro said:

"I am truly honoured and humbled for being considered as a worthy representative of the quality and brilliance of Glasgow Caledonian University Alumni. This award is also recognition to all involved in the pioneering MSc Social Business and Microfinance course of 2014-2015, a true demonstration of the University’s commitment to the Common Good. It changed my life and Remake Up would not exist without it"

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Since moving to Scotland in 2011 Pedro has been working in the third sector and developed a special interest in social business. 

In 2015, after receiving the Muhammad Yunus Scholarship, Pedro completed a Masters in Social Business and Microfinance with Glasgow Caledonian University, to further develop his knowledge of the sector. 

In 2016 Pedro was a Finalist in the Social Enterprise category of the Converge Challenge and in the Social Enterprise Champion category of the Social Enterprise Awards for Scotland. 

In 2017, along with his wife Cristina and supported by UHatch, GCU’s entrepreneurial hub, Pedro opened a social business in Glasgow called Remake Up, set up with the purpose of helping those who suffer psychologically as a result of the physical effects of medical conditions such as cancer, alopecia, or the treatments associated with them. 

ReMake Up provides permanent makeup services as an allied health solution, supporting people regaining their confidence and building their self-esteem, when recovering from the loss of hair due to alopecia or cancer, reconstructing nipple & areola after breast surgery due to cancer, etc. These unfortunate events quite often lead to a spiral of poor overall wellbeing, social isolation, and depression. 

Remake Up provides paramedical tattooing free of charge once a week through their Giving Fridays. Since opening, Remake Up has delivered over 250 hours of free Paramedical Tattooing. 

Pedro is now a fully trained Scalp Micropigmentation artist and hopes to help the thousands of men suffering from baldness, in particular, those affected by Alopecia or who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.