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 11-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.
Ceri joined Jacobs this year as Regional Commercial Director B&I with responsibilities across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa in delivering robust corporate governance and risk management, as well as optimising Jacobs commercial models and business strategies for the future. As a chartered quantity surveyor, Ceri has provided leadership of multidisciplinary commercial teams across significant projects in excess of £1bn including lead roles on some of Europe’s largest rail upgrade programmes.
Starting out her career very much outside of the Engineering sector, Ceri has a motivating and inspiring story to share and considers herself fortunate to have benefited from many fantastic role models and mentors in the industry. She continues to mentor aspiring future leaders and is passionate about promoting STEM career paths and encouraging the 42% of the population who are female and not working in Engineering that it is an exciting sector with fantastic opportunities!
Katy joined the executive management team of Skanska UK in May 2017, taking responsibility for Skanska’s building operations, covering construction and fit-out.
Prior to this, Katy was managing director of Skanska’s 800-strong facilities management arm for five years, sitting on the UK’s senior management team, having joined Skanska in 2003. She was previously with Tarmac/Carillion for 15 years.
A strong advocate for women in construction, Katy was elected chair of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for eight years. She was Women in the City’s Woman of Achievement in 2013 and named Leader of the Year by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) in 2016.
Julia Evans has been the Chief Executive of the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) since 2014. She leads this diverse membership and commercial organisation in its operations across 96 countries with established offices in Chicago, Beijing, Lille and the most recently opened office at Bamber Bridge near Preston. Prior to this she spent 9 years as the Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders. Committed to training and education in the construction and engineering sector, she sits on the CITB Investment Funding Committee and continues to serve as a Governor and Vice Chair of the Corporation of Leeds College of Building. A founder member of the Cross Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) she promotes apprenticeships and is known for being an active advocate regarding employers and work experience. She remains a keen supporter of women in construction and engineering.
Andy is passionate about what this industry has to offer. He has worked in diverse sectors and throughout the supply chain since the late 1980s. He is actively seeking ways to broaden the industry’s recruitment platform. He applauds the dedication and effort being donated (usually on a voluntary basis) between people, companies and organisations alike to make their bit of a difference. He’d love to see that energy harnessed, and focussed, to see more impact and penetration to a discussion that’s been ongoing throughout his career. He says, “It’s time to move diversity and gender, up a couple of gears!”
Kate Hall is the Design Director for HS2 Ltd, leading the expert teams responsible for the system wide specification, subsequence assurance and provision of expert guidance across the whole portfolio of Architecture and Civil Engineering (in all its forms including geotechnical, structural, tunnelling and highway engineering). Kate’s portfolio also includes leadership of the Design team. Kate’s background is as a Chartered Civil engineer, her career in the last 21 years has encompassed some very significant and high profile infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally working for Arup. She has also worked with UKRC/WISE to drive initiatives on diversity, gender balance and inclusion in engineering. In 2010 she was awarded “Professional of the Year” by Women in Construction and in 2011 she was Winner for Lloyds First Women Awards.
Erica Gasbarro is a Consulting Services Manager on the ProServices Team at PlanGrid. As a former Document Controller and Project Engineer at a mid-size CM in South Florida, she now trains AEC companies worldwide and creates custom workflows for project teams to help them work smarter, faster, and more efficiently in both the office and the field.
Emma is Professional Head and Engineering Manager @ Carillion Powerlines and recently the Project Manager on Edinburgh Waverley Capacity Improvements. A Chartered Civil Engineer and Chair of the Glasgow and West of Scotland ICE Committee. Emma is passionate about Civil Engineering and raising the profile of engineering, and in particular the construction industry. Emma has worked across the construction industry on a variety of major and minor infrastructure projects since she graduated from Glasgow University in 1994. Employers range from Tarmac/Carillion, Mowlem, Laing O’Rourke, Arup and back to Carillion once again. Moving from Civil Engineering to Rail. Emma started out on the M65 Blackburn Bypass, has worked on some exciting projects such as the Dublin Port Tunnel, Airdre to Bathgate Rail Link and Spencer Dock Bridge, undertaking roles from Site Engineer to Site Agent and Project Manager. Emma is keen to convey how rewarding a career in construction can be.
Alasdair is Director of Programmes at the Equality & Human Rights Commission, the statutory body that promotes and enforces the laws that protect our rights to fairness, dignity and respect. There he oversees the Commission’s work on employment, living standards, participation and refugees/asylum-seekers.
Previously Alasdair was Director and, beforehand, deputy Director/Head of Operations of Programmes at a major conservation NGO, overseeing a large team delivering programme and advocacy work in the UK and in eight countries around the world.
Prior to this he spent a number of years with Save the Children in various roles. This included leading strategy and operations for the charity’s policy, advocacy and campaigns; developing its accountability and transparency agenda; and senior roles in its Vietnam country office.
Simone is the Founder of Simone de Gale Architects, an innovative and dynamic Architect’s practice in Belgravia. Simone started her company seven years ago and their portfolio comprises architecture, masterplanning, and interior design projects. Some of the projects the business has been involved in includes; The Hammersmith Flyunder Project, Spherical Art Gallery project, and a variety of super-prime residential, retail and commercial schemes.
The company’s work has gained coverage in Architect’s Journal, Building Design, Construction Manager, Evening Standard, Building Products, the Belgravia Residents journal, Sky and BBC News. Simone has established a role as the only London based Architect writer for the Huffington Post UK.
Simone de Gale was one of the first London based recipients of the Stephen Lawrence Bursary Award to start their own Architect’s practice in 2010. Most recently she was awarded Winner; ‘Architect of the Year’, at the Women in Construction Awards 2017.
Elaine has over 29 years of experience in the building services industry. She has worked on the design of many different types of projects from inception through to commissioning and handover. This includes university buildings, courts, hotels, retail, schools, office developments, master plans, new airport terminals, libraries, museums and laboratories.
Elaine has a particular interest in the design and performance of the whole building and is keen to drive a sustainable holistic approach to design. Her aim on all projects is to minimise the energy footprint of the building and incorporate renewable technologies where appropriate.
Elaine is a STEM Ambassador in Lancashire and is also an interviewer for CIBSE for engineers applying to become Chartered Engineers. Elaine is responsible for the Building services team in Patrick Parsons.
Elaine won the Women in Construction Building Services Engineer of the Year Award in 2017.
In her 11th year in the AEC Industry, Laurie holds her Master of Architecture from the University of California and developed her practical construction management skills while working for Turner Construction. Laure is the Industry Manager for Construction at Autodesk, responsible for steering the construction offering to align with customer’s business needs. Laurie is excited by the potential of technology to increase collaboration and improve the project delivery process!
Lucile is an award-winning diversity and inclusion expert specialising in implementing change, empowering individuals and influencing stakeholders at national and international levels.
As the European Diversity and inclusion Manager for Lendlease, she drives cultural change to attract and retain the best talent from all backgrounds.
Giulia joined the Innovation team of UK Power Networks to follow her passion for the energy sector and sustainability after six years of research experience at the University of Cambridge. Giulia is UK Power Networks’ innovation representative on community energy, exploring new ideas in the space of local energy markets, smart cities and community engagement.
As Low Carbon Technologies Delivery Manager, she oversees innovation projects on electrification of transport, distributed generation and energy storage. She is also leading Energywise, a £5.5m project that seeks to help people in fuel poverty better manage their energy consumption.
Giulia holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She was named Project Manager of the Year in the Women in Construction Awards 2017.
Marina is the Operations Director for NPS Group’s London office, a multi-disciplinary property consultancy and public sector joint venture. Marina has 19 years experience leading commercial and public sector operations in areas such as economic growth, property, planning, capital projects, development and regeneration. Over her career, Marina has led on multiple award-winning schemes and initiatives.
Marina is a passionate advocate for Women in Construction and has initiated a local action group bringing key female figures together to develop a pragmatic approach to increase the number of women entering, staying in and leading construction-related activities.
Donna is an entrepreneur with a passion for people, place and wellbeing who has enjoyed a varied career from investing in start-up businesses to management in blue-chip companies. Her affinity with the built environment has led her to NPS, a multi-disciplinary consultancy with a diverse client base giving Donna the ability to meet interesting people every day.
When Donna isn’t delivering the business development strategy for the NPS Group, she enjoys working out at S&P Norwich, one of her businesses. A mum of three, Donna boasts a 157.5kg deadlift, one of the top lifts in the country for her weight.
Sophie is an award winning chartered Civil Engineer working for Atkins as a Senior Tunnel Engineer. In addition to winning an Atkins award she has won the accolade of Engineer of the Year for Civils/Infrastructure in the 2017 Women in Construction Awards and was a finalist for the 2017 European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards.
Sophie has worked on a wide range of major infrastructure projects from High Speed Two, Victoria Station Upgrade, Crossrail and currently the Thames Tideway Tunnel. She regularly leads and manages projects and is experienced in the whole lifecycle from feasibility through to construction support.
Sophie is heavily involved in inspiring the next generation of engineers through her STEM and mentoring work. When she is not working, Sophie likes to travel, keep fit, kitesurf and sail in exotic locations, but also the slightly less glamorous and colder Sussex coast too!
Alice Jennison is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Skanska, currently working on the HS2 Enabling Works Contract. She is passionate about driving a ‘better business as usual’ – changing the perception of the construction industry, creating a great place to work and designing spaces that can be used by all. Alice’s work has been recognised by 2degrees, as a ‘Top 25 Under-25 Working in Sustainability’. Alice’s career has taken her to Sweden, Norway and the US, working with behaviour change and community investment programmes. Outside of work, you’ll either find Alice open water swimming, or mentoring students with Arrival Education – probably not at the same time, however.
Dawn Bonfield MBE is an expert on Diversity and Inclusion in engineering, and is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering at Aston University. She is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), a 98 year old charity working to promote, inspire and support women in engineering. She is a Materials Engineer by profession, and has worked in the automotive and aerospace industries with Citroen, BAE Systems, MBDA, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). She is a Chartered and European Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), a Fellow of WES, and an Honorary Fellow of Institution of Structural Engineers. Dawn sits on many committees and advisory boards and she is a member of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.
Monika Slowikowska is the Founder and Director of Golden Houses Developments, the UK based construction business specialising in high-end residential projects.
Monika has been working in the construction industry in UK for the last 15 years. She held multiple roles in engineering, architectural and construction companies.
One among the few construction companies that is led by a woman, Golden Houses Developments brings unrivalled skill, professionalism and integrity to its work and simplifies the building process through clever design and attention to detail.
Gabi Hazelden is a Chartered Civil Engineer nearing 20 years’ experience in the construction industry with particular emphasis on the tunnelling industry. She has the combined experience of working for contracting, consulting and client organisations on a variety of projects, including wastewater and fresh water schemes and several railway and metro projects.
She has held “hands-on” roles in her early career from shift engineer on a TBM to agent on tunnelling projects, engineering and design coordination and management roles, to most recently a client representation safeguarding the construction of a fit for purpose asset.
The range of projects Gabi has worked on includes tunnels on high speed railways in Germany, Austria and the UK, metro tunnels and stations in Berlin, London Kings Cross and London Bond Street Station, and water industry experience in London Walthamstow, Lee tunnel and now Thames Tideway’s “Super Sewer”, where she has latterly established and led the NEC Supervisor team across all 3 main works sections.
Isla Hillyear Hill is a member of the Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Senior Quantity Surveyor from the Highlands of Scotland. She studied Quantity Surveying at Glasgow Caledonian University, joined the civil engineering industry 7 years ago during her 3rd year industrial placement and has been involved in blasting tunnels and drilling holes with BAM Ritchies ever since. She delivers STEM activities, helps deliver “BAM Bring Your Daughter to Work Day” and supports the ongoing implementation of the WISE 10 steps within her company. She is on the Future Leaders Committee at the Confederation of British Industry and won a top female quantity surveyor award in 2017.
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.
As a technology enthusiast, Jenna has experience in design, technology, and construction industries. In her current role in the Customer Success team at Autodesk, Jenna works with clients to drive adoption and generate scalability for the BIM 360 product portfolio. Jenna aims to bridge the gap between technology and user processes to empower clients to optimize their workflows.
She cultivated her career working in Construction Management at Skanska where she implemented Virtual Design and Technology processes and technology to construction projects. Jenna later worked in project management where she could integrate her technical background and manage construction projects for higher education and corporate clients. Jenna holds a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.