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Inspiring Women Awards 2023 recognise high achievers

Posted on October 11, 2023

This year’s Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, organised by Construction News and New Civil Engineer, recognised individuals and teams that have made outstanding contributions to gender diversity.

A panel of 42 judges whittled down a record-breaking number of entries to a shortlist of 139 individuals and organisations, before picking the winning entries across 15 categories. These ranged from Technical Excellence and STEM Champion to Allyship Champion of the Year and inspirational women leaders in the supplier, consultant and contractor communities.

The winners (see below), announced on 10 October at the awards ceremony at the Leonardo Royal London Hotel in St Paul’s, all demonstrated a focus on improving equality, diversity and inclusion and encouraging the development of women within construction and engineering.

Rising Star – Contribution to a Project: Katie Klaveness, Morgan Sindall Construction

Rising Star – Technical Excellence: Emma McGregor, Tony Gee and Partners

Rising Star – Contribution to Gender Diversity: Abigail Brierley, Laing O’Rourke

Excellence in Outreach (sponsored by Arcadis): Social Value Team, Willmott Dixon Interiors

STEM Champion: Jemma Quin, Robertson Group

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Finning): Arcadis – Women of Colour, Global Sponsorship and Gender Programme

Allyship Champion of the Year: Emma Nicholson, Pick Everard

Women’s Network of the Year (sponsored by Strabag): Bold As Brass Women’s Network

Contribution to a Project: Eileen Mackin, Hub South East Scotland

Technical Excellence: Emma Shakespeare, Sir Robert McAlpine

Contribution to Gender Diversity: Meshi Taka, Waterman Aspen

Excellence in Senior Leadership (sponsored by Willmott Dixon): Keltbray Highways, M621 Junctions 1-7

Inspirational Leader – Supplier: Nina Cardinal, Heidelberg Materials

Inspirational Leader – Consultant: Hilga Beckendorf, Arcadis

Inspirational Leader – Contractor: Joanne Conway, FM Conway


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