16th May 2019OlympiaLondon
Digital Manager @ Multiplex
Rail Project Manager @ Mott MacDonald
Head of Project Management @ Clarkson Alliance
Managing Director @ Constructing Equality
Project Surveyor @ Avi Contracts
Development Director @ Major Projects Association
Founder & Director @ Equilibrium Network & Colander
Managing Director @ Wireframe Immersive
Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director @ Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office
Founder & Director @ Chalkstring
Director of Cost Management and Buildings & Places UK&I Aviation Market Sector Leader @ AECOM
National Social Responsibility Leader @ DPR
Managing Director @ Jomas Associates
Founder & Director @ Built By Us
Co-Founder & Director @ Gbolade Design Studio
Business Development Executive @ Construction and Design Centre of Excellence (Cadcoe)
Founder & Managing Director @ JFG Communications
Business Development Manager UK @ Newforma UK
Barbara Anne Res is a Professional Engineer and an Attorney. She is a 40 year veteran of the Construction and Real Estate Development industries. One of only a handful of women engineers, Res endured and overcame much intimidation, sexual harassment and discrimination during her early years on jobsites. Res held many positions including draftsman, estimator, project manager, mechanical superintendent and superintendent while working for construction contractors, and in executive roles working as Owners Representative and Director of Development for several real estate companies. Res worked for the President of the United States, first as the Vice President in charge of construction of the iconic Trump Tower, and later as the Executive Vice President in charge of development. She has overseen projects across the US and in the UK.
Vicki is a Digital Manager at Multiplex Construction Ltd working on digital strategy and developing digital capability across the business. She has previously held roles in information management, BIM management, BIM consultancy and BIM project management as well as Learning & Development, and has a particular interest in change management and behavioural development across large organisations.
A core member of Women in BIM, Vicki regularly presents at schools, colleges and universities to promote STEM and Construction to girls in education, and works hard to encourage women of all ages and experience to consider construction as a viable and rewarding career option.
Alison is an award winning Chartered Civil Engineer with hugely diverse international experience. Her recent career move to Mott MacDonald continues to expand her portfolio of interesting projects. Since joining Mott MacDonald, she has also been appointed the role of Advancing Gender Co-champion; one of two UK-based champions responsible for improving gender-equality within the business.
Alison is an advocate of promoting engineering as an exciting career to school children. She has published several articles to promote gender equality in the industry. (http://www.infrastructure-intelligence.com/article/jun-2018/women-engineering-let%E2%80%99s-raise-bar-together) Alison was a regional finalist in the ICE Pitch 200 contest where her entry was exceptionally well received.
Anna is Head of Project Management at construction consultancy Clarkson Alliance. She has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, having qualified as a structural engineer and worked as a Construction Manager before moving into Project Management.
Since joining Clarkson Alliance, Anna has established herself as an excellent leader, who motivates and inspires others to succeed. She has a passion for learning and improvement, and strengths in communication and strategic thinking. She is experienced in building high performing teams, and through her leadership skills is able to motivate a project team to work together to deliver the best for their clients.
Over the last 10 years Chrissi has steered the business delivering consultancy, training and research to organisations inside and outside the construction sector. Bringing the terminology Fairness, Inclusion and Respect to the construction sector, Creating the Change Tack Programme for career progression, winning and delivering significant high level contracts with CITB, launching Constructing Equality Ltd.’s Engage programmes and also gaining further industry and government recognition through representation on strategic boards including the image group for 2025 Construction and Industry Leadership Group for Fairness, Inclusion and Respect. Chrissi started her career as a Setting-Out Engineer then as a site manager, while playing an integral role in the delivery of numerous projects, including Peckham Library, Manchester Interchange, a range of BSF Schemes, and a school in Uganda for charity.
Anjali is a proud advocate of Diversity and Inclusion, producing research on the modern perception of construction to aid her raising the profile on diversity, inclusion and the skills shortage. Anjali has noted that the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME’s) millennials are underrepresented, making it her personal goal to be the voice for change.
Anjali is a recipient of the Constructor’s Prize from The Worshipful Company of Constructors, and a Yeoman for this Livery. Driven to bring positive change breaking stereotypes, she has presented with the CIOB, BIM Region London, Newable, Willmott Dixon and school Employability Days. Anjali is among a selected number chosen to be a Role Model for the 2018 UK Construction Week, Inclusion Role Model for Willmott Dixon and Women in Construction Ambassador for the London Build Expo 2018.
Manon is the Development Director of the Major Projects Association which is a membership body for organisations delivering major projects and includes many large construction companies within its membership. As well as ensuring the day to day delivery of the Association, Manon has specific responsibility for the Gender Balance initiative which aims to support members to improve diversity.
Manon is also a competitive drug-free power-lifter. She is a 14-time British Champion, 9-time European Champion and 13-time World Champion. She has broken 6 world records and is the current bench-press World Record holder and was the first female President of the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association.
Caroline Cole is Founder and Director of Colander, a business that offers support and advice to the foremost organisations that shape the built environment. She has inspired many of the UK’s most successful architectural practices to develop their businesses, and worked alongside a number of influential developers and building owners, helping to formulate their approach to architecture.
Building on her commitment to integrated design, Caroline founded the Equilibrium Network, an inter-disciplinary group that aims to help the industry, by promoting gender diversity around Board Room tables, and addressing the attrition rate of women professionals working to create the built environment.
As Managing Director of Wireframe Immersive, Claire has driven the quality of their CG Visualisation services and surpassed client expectations. From inception in 2013, Wireframe has pushed the boundaries of architectural visualisation, rebranding in 2015 to promote development into Virtual Reality and in doing so partnered with Aitken Turnbull to develop VR-EP a technology that allows Architects and designers create dementia friendly spaces by understanding how dementia can affect a person’s vision. Combining years of hands on technical skills and knowledge; sales, business development and contract/client management experience, Claire has cultivated an approach that has confidently secured and sustained relationships with substantive clients.
Dr David Hancock leads the Government Construction Team and chairs the Government Construction Board for the Cabinet Office and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). David sits on the boards of: Buckingham Palace Refurbishment, British Antarctic Survey and the British Virgin Islands Recovery & Development Agency. Prior to joining IPA he was Head of Risk for Transport for London. Renowned internationally as a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of risk, he is the author of the bestselling book “Tame, Messy and Wicked Risk Leadership” in which he developed the concept of Risk Leadership.
He has worked with the public, private and voluntary sectors and has been the Director of risk and assurance for two London Mayors and Executive Director of Halcrow (now Jacobs) responsible for setting up their consultancy group. He was Head of Risk for the Terminal 5 Project at Heathrow and champions the case for rethinking project management as a social interaction rather than delivery solely through the application of process and policy.
Sarah is a both a Founder and Director of Chalkstring, a software house specialising in project cost control software for construction contractors. With over 10 years’ experience of working in the industry, Sarah has held senior roles in major international construction software houses including in CSC, Trimble, Union Square and Deltek and, more recently, Chalkstring.
Initially with expertise in marketing, Sarah over the years expanded her experience to cover all aspects of construction software, from marketing to delivering client services and Go To Market strategies. She champions digitisation in the construction industry and is committed to supporting contractors maximise technology. Sarah has also mentored young people entering industry, giving them the skills and the confidence to develop successfully in their roles.
Bryony leads the Cost Management team for AECOM in Birmingham leading delivery of large scale complex projects across multiple sectors in the West Midlands region and further afield. She is also Head of Aviation for Buildings and Places in the UK and Ireland region developing and coordinating the business’s offer in this sector. She won the Best Woman Quantity Surveyor category in the European Women in Construction and Engineering awards in 2018. Bryony also contributes to the work of the RICS and BPS Birmingham as well as volunteering as an Enterprise Adviser with the Careers and Enterprise Company, whose main objective is to forge links between schools and employers and raise awareness of career opportunities in the built environment.
As International Social Responsibility Leader for DPR, Ms. Cavalli provides leadership and direction for the company’s responsible corporate citizenship initiatives across the United States and Europe. The embedment of these initiatives across business and operational business practices include diversity and inclusiveness, supplier diversity, next generation leaders, local community engagement, inclusive workforce development – among others. Ms. Cavalli’s background includes more than 20 years’ experience leading inclusion and diversity, small business, workforce development programs in the public and private sectors and she has led nationally recognized programs for large public agencies. She has worked on projects ranging from $3 million to over $2 billion.
She is passionate about opening doors to opportunities within DPR and the industry at large. She has served on numerous boards and committees for organisations that advance women, minorities, and underrepresented individuals in construction and currently serves on national committees for the National Association of Minority Contractors.
A Chartered Engineering Geologist and SiLC (Specialist in Land Condition), Roni has worked on major construction schemes across the UK, including the widening of the A406 and M25. She was formerly Associate Director of one of the UK’s largest Engineering Firms. In 2009, Roni established Jomas Associates, which undertakes site investigations, engineering and environmental surveys across the UK, achieving a turnover of £2m in 2017, and awarded as ‘Best Consultant to Work With’ in the Construction Enquirer Awards, 2018. Her approach is strategic, client, and cost-focused, allowing her to achieve success in her endeavours.
A mother to three boys, Roni is extremely passionate about gender diversity and social mobility, volunteering her time to mentor and coach others. She has successfully combined entrepreneurship with being a great mother, while finding time to empower and inspire others. She has written articles for Forbes, LinkedIn, Daily Telegraph, amongst others, and appeared on Sky News, BBC News & London Live TV. In 2018 she received several awards including Natwest’s Athena Inspirational Woman Award, Top 100 Financial Times HERoes: Champions of Women in Business in the UK & EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders.
Danna Walker is the founder of Built By Us - a social enterprise, a charity Trustee and board member of the Architects Registration Board. Her career spans over 25 years in the construction and built environment sector and has encompassed a variety of roles from electrician, to Architect and strategic projects lead at the Construction Industry Council.
She is a mentoring champion and founded the innovative Fluid Diversity Mentoring Programme, designed to provide support for practitioners seeking career progression.
A finalist in the Precious Awards 2015, which celebrates the achievements of women of colour, Danna champions a more inclusive built environment and construction industry.
Tara Gbolade is the co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio, and winner of the RIBAJ Rising Star 2018. Her practice specialises in multi-unit residential and mixed-use developments for public and private sector clients, with a focus on place-making in line with their design ethos; Design-led, Commercially viable, Innovative, and Sustainable (social, environmental, and economic).
As an Architect, App developer, Passivhaus consultant, and BIM and generative-design champion, Tara believes that the process, as well as the products of construction industry professionals, have the power to transform ordinary places into extraordinary experiences that empower societies.
Kirsti is a passionate ambassador for skills and innovation within UK Construction. With a specialism for business development in training and education, she plays an essential role in demystifying industry perceptions, both with businesses and our next generation of engineers and digital designers. Kirsti works for the Construction and Design Centre of Excellence (Cadcoe), a unique front-runner in the development of new digital engineers for industry, through a ground-breaking apprenticeship initiative. With an increasing number of aspiring female engineers joining the Cadcoe programme, Kirsti is able to provide insight into how the company is making this a career choice that appeals to all, the importance of a diverse workforce for future survival and the need for a fresh approach!
Jo Field is the award-winning Founder & Managing Director of JFG Communications, a boutique consultancy specialising in stakeholder engagement and diversity for the transport and infrastructure sectors.
Jo advises the sector on how to improve workforce gender balance and uses stakeholder engagement and research to develop policy and set the direction on equalities issues. She has over 15 years’ experience in creating innovative ways to connect people and policymakers, and helping companies engage their stakeholders and build advocacy for their plans.
Jo is a Board Member of Women in Transport and is passionate about addressing women’s under-representation. She worked with Women in Transport and parliamentarians to set up the first ever All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Transport and acts as Secretariat to the group. In 2016, Jo was named everywoman in Transport & Logistics Industry Champion for her work attracting and retaining women and inspiring young people to choose transport careers.
Veronica Hollingsworth is a Business Development Manager for Newforma – pioneering Project Information Management (PIM) in the AEC industry Newforma is used globally by construction companies. Veronica has over 10 years of experience within the IT industry serving tier 1 Construction companies. Her focus and drive is to promote inclusivity and diversity within both the tech and construction industries as well as playing a part in digitalising the Construction industry with the use of technology such as Newforma. An attendee to the Women in BIM and National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) events Veronica enjoys networking amongst peers to further develop her message of inclusivity and uses her own experience of becoming a mother to talk about some of the challenges faced by women when returning to work in a historically male dominated workplace.
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