The European Women In Construction & Engineering (WICE) Awards has been designed to find the most exemplary women within construction and engineering across Europe. To encourage companies to employ and train more women in these sectors, entry for the awards is by nomination only.
Carol Massay, EasyBuild’s CEO, was delighted when she was asked to take part in the awards as head judge in the consultant category. The opportunity came off the back of her participation last year when she was a panel speaker and presented the award for the Best Consultant of the Year at the prestigious event held in London.
Last year’s winner, Roni Savage, has gone on to great things since winning. She has appeared on BBC Business News, taken part in parliamentary discussions for small businesses, and she is now the Policy Chair Construction for the Federation of Small Businesses, all while running her own company, JOMAS Associates.
Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK. The WICE Awards play an important role in engaging more women to work in the industry by providing a platform for those who work within engineering and construction and to share their expertise and act as role models. Gender equality across the workforce is something that is very close to the heart of EasyBuild, and Carol took the opportunity to be involved again this year with both hands.
A fantastic experience for all
Carol commented about her experience with the WICE Awards telling us that “being involved assessing candidates who are experts in their field was a great experience” – but also a “real challenge” as they were all of a really high standard.
Knowing that the sector continues to produce strong diverse women in a number of key construction roles will ensure that graduates and other individuals wishing to move into construction will have access to mentors and support.
Carol was supported by her fellow judges Thomas Edgcumbe, MD (UKCS North and Midlands) at Balfour Beatty plc, and Helen Barrow, MD of Power Regeneration Utilities at Accenture, which made the whole process a great experience.