First Women Awards: tonight’s the night


Kate Hall, director, ARUP

Kate was the first woman on the global design group’s global infrastructure board, pioneering the way to the boardroom of this large and prestigious firm. She has recently completed a successful project leadership role in leading Arup’s largest project, at the London 2012 Olympic Park. She’s been instrumental in setting up Connect Women, Arup’s women’s network, enabling women to meet, mentor and engage with colleagues, clients and others in the industry.

Louise Hardy, infrastructure director, CLM

CLM the consortium of CH2M Hill, Laing O?Rourke and Mace has been given the job, alongside the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), of building the London 2012 Olympics. A passionate civil engineer, Louise is charged with making sure all CLM’s complex infrastructure projects deliver commercially successful, high-quality results. Alongside such commitments, she’s a passionate supporter of young engineers and women in construction. Notably, while working on a Transylvanian motorway project, she trained and inspired a multi-cultural group, creating project stability and providing inspirational career guidance for a number of local young women.

Julie Hirigoyen, international director, Jones Lang LaSalle

Julie is an international director at Jones Lang LaSalle and head of energy and sustainability services for EMEA. She’s now part of a 227-strong global leadership group, of whom only 24 are women. Julie has achieved this as an advocate of sustainable development – the first of her kind in Jones Lang LaSalle. She is directly responsible for a profitable and highly influential consulting business worth £3m-plus in annual revenues. She manages a team of 40 of the UK’s brightest sustainability professionals, 53 per cent of whom are women. For the past 15 years, she’s led her industry by providing sustainability guidance to property investors in the UK and Europe.

Michelle Tilley, board director, Byrne Group

Michelle’s career is littered with firsts: first woman to achieve an ONC in building and construction studies at South Devon College; first female built environment teacher. Her latest first is more impressive still: the first female board director at Byrne group, the 300m-turnover privately owned business delivering concrete frame, new-build and refurbishment projects from the Savoy Hotel to the Shard. Michelle leads the health, safety, environmental and corporate responsibility strategy. Her results are outstanding: reductions in accidents; and launching Byrne’s first in-house training centre. She is a sponsor of Women in Property and a member of the UK Lead Accident Investigation organisation.

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