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.
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