CN Inspiring Women in Construction

Birmingham Inspire Me Workshop

17 October 2019

8:15 Registration and refreshments

Welcome from chair

Lem Bingley, editor, Construction News


Keynote speech: Resilience to the modern world
Learn some key tips from a psychologist to ensure a better work/life balance and how to reduce stress and anxiety technology can create and as invasive inescapable link to work.

Mandy Rutter, Mandy Rutter Consultancy


Case study: Retaining and finding new talent
Understanding AECOM’s returning to work scheme, the challenges, benefits and success stories of unlocking a new talent pool.  

Eloise John, regional director/Aldgate office lead, Aecom
Nancy Calcroft, contracts adviser, Aecom


Question and answer session


Inspirational leader in the industry

Helen Samuels shares her career trajectory in the construction industry how she achieved greatness, reached the level of success and their views on gender diversity.

Helen Samuels, engineering director, infrastructure projects, Network Rail

10:30 Networking and refreshments break

How to create a workplace that embraces agile working  

Discover how construction companies can create an agile working environment that meets the work life balance needs of people we need to attract into the industry. Learn how to best support your colleagues, roll out agile working and equip yourself with the knowledge of agile working to ensure it is a catalyst for better productivity and success.

Clare Williams, head of people operations, Willmott Dixon


Roundtable discussion: How could creating a flexible working culture benefit you and your business?

Discuss the following questions in your tables sharing experience, challenges and best practise as you go. After discussing we will be feeding back via an interactive Slido poll – make sure you log in to cast your votes!

  • Consider your career/job role, to what extent could your job role be more flexible?
  • If applicable, how has flexible working been a benefit?
  • What are the limitations of flexible working in the construction industry?
11:50 Feedback and polls from roundtable discussions

Panel discussion: Changing skill sets and levelling the playing field

As the construction industry takes advantage of the wealth of technology becoming available the skills required in the industry will evolve. Are women better suited to the roles of the future? Are technological advancements, like exoskeletal suits, making gender and strength irrelevant? To what extent is the digital transformation changing the culture and requirements of the construction industry?

Lara Potter, director – workforce for the future, Arcadis
Paul Kavanagh, CEO, Imtech   
Gillian Charlesworth, CEO, BRE
Emma Head, health and safety assurance director, HS2

12:45 Closing remarks from chair
12:50 Close of conference

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