Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Growing a Diverse Workforce - Why, How and What.

Many years ago (or so it seems) I was baffled by the lack of women in senior construction roles, but even more shocked by the small number of Women specifically in BIM related roles. Coupled with the fact I sat on numerous meetings, design side, contractors side, client side, as a lone entity wondering where the hell all the other women were!


The moment I moved into a consulting position- I found this was still a huge issue and not only in the BIM space but across all areas of the Built Environment sector and wanted to raise awareness and understand why this was happening.  


Following several years of growing the cause, and the support via very few individuals across industry I found that there were so few women I knew in these roles to try to grow a cause was very difficult.


We therefore tried to come together incrementally to support this – with people jumping in and out as they could all for the greater good.


I am so passionate about this that with some exciting help last year we were able to commit a full and excited team of people as the core members. We supported the creation of a database and now the way forward is to collate this information and drive growth globally to raise awareness.


You ask how?


The way in which this can be achieved is via the following:


  1. Support from Industry- we need to raise awarness so please keep sharing our website, and database links to all the Women you know in BIM related roles.
  2. Connect these women! We are in a position to now connect, although many of our members are based in the UK, the aim is to grow this incentive and push it to a global workforce.
  3. Provide an opportunity to discuss our three main objectives on a deddicated platform for Women in BIM members.


Please support us, help us and create an opportunity for us to be able to do this.




Saturday, 4 February 2017

To be a Fellow...

On Friday I gained my FCIOB.  


FCIOB is the highest grade of membership with the Chartered institute of building (CIOB).


The CIOB headquarters are based out of the UK but they have members all over the world. They are the worlds largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership and have a far reach globally.


It made me think about what it means to be a fellow.


A few things that I discovered regarding why it was important for myself and my business to gain Fellowship were the following:  


  1. Recognition of Achievement.
  2. Demonstration of Leadership.
  3. Improving Profile.
  4. Relationship with CIOB.


As a member, I feel passionate that the title will promote my desire to change the industry. To change how we work, design, construct and ultimately manage built assets. The accreditation was not one for me, but for my ability to be able to support this change. I feel that with this I can continue to support and grow my passion of a diverse workforce, one which does not discriminate and one which supports working in more collaborative ways.


Personally, this is an incredible achievement and one I want to share with my family and friends – not for accolade, but purely to support me in changing the way we work and ultimately grow an industry that benefits from technologies, new ways of working and an open and collaborative culture.


For me this means that I can continue to help to drive change throughout the AEC sector and to encourage young women to believe they can do and be whatever they please.