Construction leaders unite to attract and promote more women into sector boardrooms
15th March 2024
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Women from firms including Willmott Dixon, Morgan Sindall, Galliford Try and Speller Metcalfe were brought together by Marina Robertson, managing director of Acivico Group to discuss their career journeys and how to encourage more women into the sector - and into the boardroom.

The majority of experiences reported by the group were positive.

From being made to feel part of teams on-site to support, mentorship and sponsorship within their organisations. But the need to do more to attract, retain and promote women into the boardroom was highlighted by everyone.  

Marina Robertson said: “Hearing the stories of female leaders from across our sector, it is clear that construction is becoming a place for women to build successful and long term careers. Mentors, sponsorship and being championed by senior colleagues have all contributed, but there is more to do.

“Many talked about ‘falling’ into the sector after careers in fields as far removed as drama, chemistry and law. None had known about the opportunities available in construction. We need to do much more to educate and raise awareness to help young women find out about the sector and what they can achieve in it.”

“There was a clear appetite for more. Bringing together women to discuss shared challenges, identify ways around them and champion each other is so important. I am committed to seeing real outcomes from today’s discussions. It is important that we move forward and make marginal but important gains over time.”

Demonstrating the unique importance of female leadership networks and mentoring, the group has committed to creating a quarterly forum - to share ideas, experiences and practical help for women in the industry.

The firms represented at the event are part of Constructing West Midlands, a suite of OJEU-compliant, publicly owned and managed frameworks. CWM is a ready-made delivery vehicle for capital, repair and maintenance works. 

The firms in attendance included Galliford Try, Wilmott Dixon, GF Tomlinson, Interclass, Morgan Sindall, ISG, Speller Metcalfe and Seddon.


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