Last week we attended the Women in Construction awards, now in its 11th year, it has grown in popularity year on year with over 460 people attending this year at the Hilton in Manchester. The awards aim to honour women of all ages in the world of construction alongside the organisations helping with skills development. With today representating International Women’s day, we give you a rundown of the key topics of discussion.
Debra Searle MVO, MBE, a professional adventurer, author and BBC presenter was an inspiring guest speaker at the awards. She said one of her mantras was to “choose your attitude” and that positivity was evident in every one of the female achievers who are building their careers in the construction industries.
Last week, Morson’s operations director Adrian Adair was in the privileged position of presenting the award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Construction’ to Tanja Smith of Gradon Architecture at the Women in Construction Awards. Here’s his take on the awards night:
“The awards night was a tremendous success and shone the light brightly on the impact women are making in the construction industry – an industry typically seen as male dominated. Throughout the evening there was a consistent theme and that was – challenge yourself. We have a responsibility as individuals to facilitate positive challenge be it through changing perceptions of industry or encouraging future talent through work placements, talks and events. By ‘being bold for change’ we will create a culture of accessible and visible opportunities for all.
I’m incredibly fortunate to work with inspiring, committed, intelligent and ambitious women. Every day they challenge me and themselves to improve. This year’s theme for international women’s day is ‘be bold for change’. History tells us that with change comes challenge. However, if we’re to improve as individuals, as teams, as companies and within industry we need to address the gender imbalance.”
Overall, the night couldn’t have been more of a success, and Morson hopes to be a part of celebrating the outstanding achievements of women in the construction industry again next year.