Inspire Me Construction News


Construction News is launching Inspire Me to promote the role of women as leaders in the construction industry. We aim to inspire future leaders and promote the industry as being gender neutral, welcoming of women in all roles.

The principle aim of the campaign is to empower women with the knowledge and confidence to advance their careers to senior positions within the construction sector.

To this end we are organising regional workshop sessions, with prominent speakers drawing on their own experience and success as well as best practice, to deliver indispensable career advice to women.

And what’s more, they’re free to attend for you and your colleagues!

Each workshop breakfast will provide an opportunity to:

  • Network with prominent diversity ambassadors from both inside of and outside the sector.
  • Learn and be inspired by industry leaders and peers.
  • Get inspirational and practical advice on how to progress your career.

Each workshop session will feature:

  • Breakfast networking with like-minded peers.
  • Insight and hard-earned wisdom from business leaders and carefully selected ambassadors.
  • The opportunity to ask questions and get answers that will help transform your career.

Next workshop

Q4 London

Fully Booked

Date: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Time: 09:00 - 12.45
Venue: The Park Plaza Riverbank 18 Albert, Embankment, London SE1 7TJ

Time Session
08:30-09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:00-09:10 Introduction from Tom Fitzpatrick, Editor, CN 
09:10-09:15 Opening comments from chair
Keynote address
Inspiring women to seek leadership role in construction
09:35-10:30 Panel discussion
Attitudes, opportunities and structures what needs to be done throughout the supply chain to change the gender balance on boards?
Helen Bunch, managing director, Wates Smartspace
Patricia Moore, managing director UK, Turner & Townsend
Lana Shaylor,
business development director, Shaylor Group
Monika Slowikowska,
director, Golden House Developments 
10:30-11:0 Networking refreshment break 
Discussion Groups 
Insight into Mentoring – Profile Raising – Transforming your Career. You will be able to learn from an industry figure and share ideas with your peers, which will help you develop your career. 
Jo Ellman-Brown, PMO director, Heathrow 
11:45-12:00 Feedback from groups 
Inspirational panel 
Sharing insight, lessons and advice from the leaders of tomorrow and how they are sharing their future
Rebecca Wade, senior bid manager, Kier 
Roseanna Bloxham, senior geoenvironmental engineer, RSK
Rebecca Hartshorn, preconstruction manager, John Sisk

Q3 Birmingham

Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: 09:00 - 11.30
Venue: Hotel Indigo Birmingham, 200 Wharfside Street, The Cube

Time Session
09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:40 Introduction from Tom Fitzpatrick, Editor, CN 
09:40-09:50 Welcome address
Leaders panel
What is your organisation doing to support, retain and recruit women?
How are you approaching the deficit of women in your businesses and in senior management positions, and what actions are producing the greatest impact?   

Ann Bentley, global board director, Rider Levett Bucknall
Naomi Connell, chief finance officer, VolkerWessels UK

Maria Coulter, owner, Construction Coach
Adelaide Forbes, HR director, Mace Macro
Rachel Toor, assistant site manager, Shaylor Group

10:30-11:00 Roundtable discussions
What practices and initiatives have you seen to support, retain and recruit women into construction and what more would you like to see? 
11:30-11:30 Feedback from roundtables
Each table will share key points raised during their discussions which will be put to the Leaders panel for comment. 
11:30-11:45 Networking


Past workshops

Q1 London

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Time: 08:00 – 10.30
Venue: Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN
Theme: Leadership knows no gender

Q2 Manchester

Date: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Time: 09:00 – 11:30
Venue: Manchester Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Theme: Leadership knows no gender

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