Author: Pick Everard
Pick Everard is firmly committed to championing and promoting women, and we are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Enterprising Women Awards 2018. The finalists have now been announced and the shortlist can be found here.
Our selection strategies are designed to ensure that talent and ability are the key criteria for career success at Pick Everard, and this approach has resulted in us being a leader within the construction industry for gender equality – 26% of our staff are women, compared with the industry average of 9%.
Within Pick Everard women are represented at every level, from top management through to apprentices.
Whilst we are always proud of everyone’s achievements, as part of these awards we would like to congratulate both Aarti Raj and Amanda Hancock who have been shortlisted in the Enterprising Women Awards. Amanda has been shortlisted in the Team of the Year category for developing and co-ordinating a new Building Services Graduate Mentoring Programme. Aarti has been nominated in the Employee of the Year category for leading the quantity surveying division. In this role she has developed and mentored her team whilst integrating new processes to ensure business growth within the discipline.
To further demonstrate the degree of opportunity for women at Pick Everard, we profile below a number of women from across our Practice. As construction consultancy professionals, these women are breaking new ground in the perception of the profession and we are pleased to highlight their achievements with you.
Joanna Griffin-Shaw, Senior Partner
Few firms in the construction industry are headed by a female; Joanna Griffin-Shaw has been a partner at Pick Everard for over 20 years, being a key part of the practice’s significant growth.
Having a strong background in architecture, Joanna has an impressive 30+ year career. As Senior Partner she now takes responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Practice as well as the integrated design approach Pick Everard has across all sectors we work in. Forming part of the senior leadership group, Joanna is influential in the development and future direction of the Practice, demonstrating having a family does not limit one’s opportunity and career horizons.
Aarti Raj, Director of Quantity Surveying
Having experience of the construction sector in both the UK and Australian construction industries, Aarti has vast experience of working in a number of diverse environments. Recently promoted to be a Director of Quantity Surveying, Aarti is keen to use her experience to demonstrate how women can balance both family commitments and senior positions within the industry.
Amanda Hancock, Associate Building Services Engineer
Amanda has had an impressive 20 year career within the building services industry. She joined Pick Everard in 2012, quickly rising through the ranks to become an associate in the building services engineering discipline. Amanda developed and co-ordinated the Building Services Graduate Mentoring Programme which has resulted in creating the next generation of building services engineers.
Julie Mortimer, Director of Project Management
Julie is the Director Lead for Project Management in the East region. Having trained initially in the Finance Industry, Julie then applied her management skills in the Construction Sector and returned to study a professional qualification in Construction Management alongside juggling a family and busy work schedule. With 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, Julie brings a diverse skill set to her role which combines sound commercial acumen with construction industry knowledge. As part of her job she also engages in topical debate in the education and blue light sectors through presenting at events and seminars.
Natalie Clemson, Associate Civil Engineering
Natalie is an Associate Chartered Civil Engineer who is a champion of women in engineering. Alongside management of Civil Engineering projects for clients, Natalie also visits girls high schools to promote engineering as a profession through providing interactive seminars in schools and colleges.
Maela Baker, Civil Engineer
Maela is a Civil Engineer for Pick Everard. Voted as one of the Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in engineering, Maela has also won awards for developing a new tool for predicting pollution incidents for water companies and is currently managing a project to introduce watercourse alterations to improve wildlife habitats.
Victoria Bromwich, Director of National Frameworks
Victoria has recently been promoted to Director of National Frameworks in recognition of the success in her role as Operations Board member and Framework Manager for Perfect Circle. As part of this role she manages, develops and promotes frameworks at a strategic level. Victoria brings a highly analytical approach to reviewing performance and identifying improvements whilst developing new tools and systems to deliver positive outcomes for clients.
Dr Nicola Thompson, Director of Compliance and Performance
Nicola has over 25 years’ experience in the construction sector in developing business processes, rationalising and streamlining working practices, developing and delivering change management programmes and configuring and developing tools to help drive efficiency and performance. More recently Nicola has transferred her skills and has been and continues to be, engaged by a number of external clients assisting them in the development of strategic rationalisation programmes through the development and implementation of business processes and collaborative platforms. Nicola is a champion on social value and best practice and leads a number of forums supporting these key areas both within the region and nationally.