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  • Sunday, 10 May 2020 11:54

    Fran Bexley - BE YOURSELF, BE CONFIDENT, BE HONEST

    In this blog, we speak with Fran Bexley, Operations Director for Civils and Lintels (Grafton Group). She talks with us about inspiring the next generation of leaders and being qualified by experience! A day in my career involves me doing whatever needs to be done but it’s always varied and…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:44

    Pamela Evans - The Female Digger Driver

    This blog is from Pamela Evans, she tells us her story - one of perseverance and motivation. This is an inspirational story and one that is well worth the read! In September 2001 I turned 21 when I was able to take my CITB Excavator Operator Licence test. I passed…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:34

    Annette Forster- Have a Purpose; be yourself and have fun!

    In this blog, we speak to Annette Forster, Group Marketing Director for Ibstock plc. She talks to us about her motivation, her tips for being a female in a male-dominated industry and having a sense of equality and justice. The story so far... I was born in South Africa during…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:31

    Jade Woodward - women in a man’s world.

    In this blog, we got the chance to have a chat with Jade Woodward, Contracts Director at Grafton Group PLC. Discussing her career, her inspiration and breaking into a male-dominated work environment. Tell us a bit about your current role My current role as Contracts Director is to take overall…
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2020 19:28

    Kate Royce - ‘You only get what you give’

     We speak to Kate Royce - Account Director at Ibstock brick an FTSE 250 company on a day in her life, overcoming setbacks and being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Can you tell us a bit about you and your career: I hold the position of Key Account Director…
  • Wednesday, 18 March 2020 14:33

    Blue and Pink Jobs - Gender Stereotyping in the Workplace.

    An Interview with Angela Fairweather, Plant Manager at #YesSheCan advocate, BMI. We sat down and had a chat with the Plant Manager of BMI at Vandyke, Leighton Buzzard Angela Fairweather. We discussed her career, the trials and tribulations she’s faced to get where she is now. Can you tell us…
  • Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:33

    Susan Rorbach - ‘In every role I have ever been in I have challenged myself to learn more.’

    In this blog, we speak to Sue Rorbach, customer Service Manager for Ibstock Brick Ltd. She talks to us about why she chose this industry, how she got to where she is now and what her key motivators are. Can you tell us a bit about you and your career:…
  • Wednesday, 01 January 2020 12:12

    Imogen Harding - ‘Enjoy yourself, and if you don’t, find something that you do.’

    In this blog, we speak with Imogen Harding, a Shift Production Manager for Ibstock and the Eclipse factory. We chat to Imogen about her career, why she chose this industry and what she would tell her 16-year-old self! Can you tell us a bit about you and your career: My…
  • Friday, 20 December 2019 12:09

    Reina Reeves - I didn't like being told it wasn’t a role for a woman...

    I didn't like being told it wasn’t a role for a woman and that I should do something else. In this blog, we speak with Reina Reeves, a branch manager for Lords Builders Merchants in Beaconsfield. On equality in the workplace, diversity and overcoming confidence knocks. Reina talks about what…
  • Sunday, 09 June 2019 09:56

    Sarah Kerry - Working Hard To See Results

    From a young age, Sarah saw her dad’s level of leadership and dedication towards his own successful spraying business as inspiring. This set the tone and kick-started her passion to work in the same industry. Today, Sarah is driven to succeed and prove people wrong, despite working in a predominantly…
  • Friday, 09 August 2019 09:31

    Ewa Ostrowska: Never give up. Work hard, don’t be afraid of change and challenge

    Ewa relocated from Poland to the UK, in order to be able to provide a better future to her son. As well as her role as a senior structural engineer, Ewa is a single parent to her autistic son. Not allowing anything to hold her back, Ewa was not deterred…
  • Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:28

    Jo Callow: Proving Them Wrong

    Jo Callow is a truly inspiring woman, after working around women in her early career, she went the opposite way by choosing to work in construction. In her current company, Knauf Insulation, Jo has gone from strength to strength. Her hard work has seen her promoted twice in just six…
  • Monday, 05 August 2019 09:25

    Q&A With Ellie Chapman

    In this week’s blog, we spoke to Ellie Chapman, Communications & Research Executive at Timber Trade Federation. She shares her experiences of working in a male-dominated industry and her successful efforts to raise awareness for women in construction. We’re incredibly proud to feature Ellie Chapman on this week’s edition of…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019 08:46

    Manjeeta Pathak - Challenging The Status Quo

    Manjeeta Pathak is the Assistant Site Manager at Redrow Homes. Since studying a Master’s Degree in project management, she has been going from strength to strength in her career. In 2018 Manjeeta won the ‘Inspire Me’ award at the CN Talent Awards in London, the award recognises individuals working in…
  • Friday, 12 July 2019 08:36

    Q&A with Tracey Jackson

    Tracey Jackson is a career professional in the fenestration industry. For over 20 years Tracey has been working her way up the ladder in a male-dominated sector. Since becoming a senior member of staff in her current place of work Tracey has begun giving back, mentoring young professionals in order…
  • Wednesday, 19 June 2019 08:26

    Suzie Godfrey: Safety first

    After applying to work in Health & Safety as a stop gap before moving on in her career, Suzie Godfrey quickly found a love for her job. Working in several companies across different sectors, Suzie has been able to develop a key understanding of the key themes in Health &…
  • Friday, 07 June 2019 16:06

    Aisling Kenny: “You don’t have to be loud and outgoing to be successful or to have your voice heard.

    Aisling Kenny is forging a career path as a woman in the construction industry. Working as a HR Director in a male-dominated industry Aisling is more knowledgeable than most about what it takes to get women into roles and industries that have historically been monopolised by men. In our latest…
  • Friday, 17 May 2019 14:48

    Women in Buildbase: Equality in the Construction Industry

    In April, Buildbase ran the 4th Women in Buildbase Conference. This was held at The Nottinghamshire Golf Club where 40 female leaders converged to network, share best practice and develop skills related to the theme of Personal Brand and Networking. The session was facilitated by #YesSheCan contributor Nicki Seignot from…
  • Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:27

    Selco Builders Warehouse: Leading the Construction Industry in Gender Diversity

    Selco Builders Warehouse’s famous radio jingle is: “It’s where the trade go,” but statistics show that you are more likely to see a female member of staff in a branch than a female customer. Back in 2016, close to 13 per cent of the construction workforce were female. However, only…
  • Friday, 08 February 2019 11:02

    Christine Crawford “Don’t put too much pressure on yourself”

    Builders Merchant manager Christine Crawford talks us through being a female manager, the challenges she faces raising a young family and working full-time. She also talks about the importance of how we can help to change the perceptions of women in the workplace with #YesSheCan. Tell us a bit about…
  • Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:27

    Katie Kelleher - How she got to the top!

    If you're considering a career in construction, then this blog post is for you. Professional crane operator Katie Kelleher is breaking down the stigmas associated with women in construction, operating the UK’s largest cranes. She has also been named in the Women Engineering Society Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018…
  • Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:55

    Question & Answer with the Managing Director of Ibstock Brick, Kate Tinsley

    Kate Tinsley is the Managing Director of Ibstock Brick, and one of the driving forces behind the #YesSheCan campaign. Having been in the construction industry for circa 20 years, she has faced some barriers in her personal and professional life. See what she had to say when we took her…
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