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First Women of the Built Environment: 2013 shortlist

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Supported by COINS, here is the breathtaking shortlist for the First Women of the Built Environment award:

Pat Duggan, regional director, Balfour Beatty…

  • First woman to take on role as construction and design manager at Balfour Beatty; and first female general manager;
  • First female construction director, with responsibility for £600m of activity; and
  • Lead role in setting up first women’s network at Balfour Beatty.

Barbara Jones, director, Straw Works…

  • Founder-member of UK’s first women’s builders’ co-operative;
  • Designed and built the first straw-bale council houses in Britain;
  • Developed first load-bearing straw houses in Europe; and enabled, for the first time, car tyres to be used as foundations; and
  • Established first lime, clay and straw courses at Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

Gill Riley, managing director, GGR Group…

  • Transformed a small, family-run plant hire business to £14m-turnover global business;
  • Gill personally directed the plan to get min-crane to a record-breaking height while working on London’s iconic Shard project;
  • Mother of a BAFTA award-winning daughter, Harley, who does voiceover for Peppa Pig!; and
  • Designed and manufactured pioneering robotic glass-lifters.

Sue Roaf, professor of architectural engineering, Heriot-Watt University…

  • Pioneering academic studies into natural air-conditioning systems in desert regions of Iran;
  • Vision to “liberate” buildings to be run on ambient energy; and to “warm people, not buildings”;
  • Moving architecture towards performance-based ethos; and
  • Ambition to start the Ecohouse Institute, providing knowledge to help all households to live a comfortable life.

Jane Wernick, director, Jane Wernick Associates…

  • At Arup, became the first woman structural engineer to be made an associate;
  • Masterminded design of the Millennium Wheel;
  • Innovator in the built environment profession, giving her firm to an employee benefit trust in 2010; and
  • Internationally renowned lecturer.

Julie White, managing director, D-Drill Master Drillers…

  • The first female MD in the drilling and sawing industry;
  • First and only woman to sit on the UK Drilling and Sawing Association;
  • Breakthrough advocate for construction sector, appearing on BBC’s Question Time; and
  • Champion of women in her industry, appointing her company’s first fmeal branch manager.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group? This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers), ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.

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