Women achievers share insights at London event
Clockwise: Margaret Conway, Anjali Pindoria, Rebecca Thompson
Three of construction’s most inspiring and successful women discussed their experiences and shared their views of the industry at a recent panel event.
Rebecca Thompson FCIOB, the founder and director of Thompson Heritage Consultancy and president of the CIOB, was joined by Margaret Conway, project manager of McAleer & Rushe and the first women to win the coveted CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Award, and Anjali Pindoria an award-winning surveyor and recipient of the Constructors Prize from the Worshipful Company of Constructors.
When posed a question about the challenges these women have faced as females, each had a very different experience. Margaret said she had always been treated as an equal; Anjali spoke about the issues she faces as a young, ethnic female subcontractor in the industry; and Rebecca commented on how much the industry has changed, but how much further it still needs to go.
The women also shared their views on technology in the industry. Anjali felt it would entice other skill sets into construction, and Margaret felt that BIM particularly can increase the planning phase substantially.
Contractor creates forum for women
Walker Construction has introduced a Women in Construction forum for its employees.
“The purpose of the platform is for employees to discuss industry news, opinions and suggestions, says Charlotte Watts at the firm. “Its mission is to promote the role of women in the construction sector, across all levels and disciplines, providing support and guidance to the team and to our wider community,” she says.
Goals for the next year include a careers fair and behind the scenes tour of all the different elements of construction; a role models campaign for Women in Construction; and encouraging STEM activities in local schools.