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McGoff Construction appoints first female director

Manchester-based McGoff Construction has appointed its first new female director in 45 years.

The firm’s new director of support services and business operations is Emma James, who becomes the first female director since the business was co-founded by Ethna McGoff 45 years ago.

She said: “As the business continues to see steady growth, the more the culture has to reinvent itself.

“Part of my vision is to support others by raising awareness and highlighting our own strategies around diversity and wellbeing.

“The business case for diversity continues to be compelling and to have global relevance, whereby creating more opportunities for women starts with creating a more inclusive environment.”

Ms James’ team will oversee group functions including recruitment, human resources and supply chain collaboration in addition to health and safety, environmental and quality compliance. 

McGoff said its workforce was now 36 per cent female and that women account for 37 per cent of its management board. 

Executive director Dave McGoff said: “I’m delighted to welcome Emma to the board.

“Her commitment over the last 10 years has been phenomenal, it’s been an honour to witness her career progression thorough every level of the business, having assembled a highly skilled and dedicated group services team around her.”

Inspire Me: Birmingham

CN’s next Inspire Me event takes place at the Hotel Indigo in Birmingham on Thursday 18 October from 9am.

VolkerWessels chief financial officer Naomi Connell will give a keynote speech, followed by roundtable discussions and a panel debate with Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds, RLB global chairman Ann Bentley and Construction Industry Council chair Maria Coulter.

The event is fully subscribed but passes may become available. To add your name to the waiting list for this free event, email 

We will also have a half-day conference running alongside the CN Summit on 21 November at the Park Plaza Riverbank. Email Megan to register your interest now.


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