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The exceptional eight: Meet the Inspire Me finalists

This year’s CN Talent Awards are recognising eight incredible people in the industry who have made the Inspire Me shortlist.

The CN Talent Awards this week announced the shortlists across 15 categories that aim to celebrate remarkable achievements in recruitment, training, diversity and skills.

This year’s event includes a new addition: the Inspire Me Award, as part of CN’s campaign to support more women into senior industry roles. The new award recognises those working to improve gender diversity and empowering women with the knowledge and confidence to advance their careers.

Here’s a snapshot of the finalists ahead of this year’s gala awards ceremony on 21 November.

Roma Agrawal, Aecom

Part of the team that designed the Shard, Roma has used this inspirational project to engage with more than 15,000 people at hundreds of events in the UK and abroad.

Her work in promoting engineering, particularly to women, has been featured across mainstream media, and in June Roma was awarded an MBE for services to engineering.

Tumpa Fellows, Mannan Foundation Trust

Tumpa volunteered her architectural services to initiate and deliver a transformative project, the Rajapur Women’s Literacy and Healthcare Centre.

Located in the remote village of Rajapur in Bangladesh, the scheme sought to address several complex social issues faced by the nearby communities, where at present the majority of girls do not continue their education beyond the age of 11.

Louise Hetherington, Atkins

Louise became the national diversity and inclusion representative for Atkins Infrastructure in the UK – the youngest person to ever sit on the firm’s steering group.

In this role she is working on an initiative to accelerate senior female career paths with the hope of closing the Atkins gender pay gap.

Katie Kelleher, Laing O’Rourke / Select

As a Select crane driver, Katie has worked on two major projects in London: Crossrail’s revamp of Tottenham Court Road and the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.

She has given numerous speeches and presentations about her challenges and experiences working as a woman within the industry. As well as championing apprenticeships, Katie has addressed school and college events to inspire people to join the industry, and taken part in parliamentary committees on apprenticeships.

How to break the glass ceiling

CN’s Inspire Me campaign involves free workshops around the country culminating in a half-day conference as part of November’s CN Summit.

Following the campaign’s first two workshops, we’ve produced an in-depth report on the findings, analysing why there is a lack of women at the top, the work being done by firms to tackle the imbalance, and what more the industry needs to do.

You can read the full report here.

Rick Lee, Willmott Dixon

As Willmott Dixon’s chief HR officer, Rick has worked hard to drive greater gender diversity and empower women to seek leadership roles across the industry.

Rick has engaged the Willmott Dixon board on measures to make the firm a better place to work for women. He set up the company’s gender diversity steering group and was instrumental in getting Willmott to target 50 per cent women at each grade of the business by 2030.

Dawn Moore, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure

As director of HR, Dawn has shown a clear understanding that improved diversity requires not just policies but a cultural shift in thinking and behaviour. She has implemented a strategy at Morgan Sindall that includes unconscious bias workshops for all senior managers.

Dawn also set up and chairs the company’s ‘People Board’, established to assess progression, diversity and opportunities across the business.

Manjeeta Pathak, Redrow Homes

As a woman from an ethnic minority background, Manjeeta has sought to break down barriers throughout her sector in a variety of ways. 

She regularly visits local schools to share her positive career journey into the construction sector with them. She also looks to encourage future female leaders on site and is now a mentor for a current graduate.

Stacy Young, Fife Council

Having started working in the industry after leaving school, Stacy has shown an exceptional commitment to improvement and served as a role model in a predominantly male workplace.

Stacy was the inspiration behind the council’s Building Services arm adding QS trainee positions to its current apprenticeship scheme. This has already seen seven trainees follow in her footsteps, five of which have been women.

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