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The National Federation of Builders celebrates women and non-binary role models in the construction sector

This year marks the start of real change for the Construction Industry, the Top 100 showcases the amazing people we have working within the sector and helps to make female and non-binary role models more visible and accessible.

On the evening of 27th of October, the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction Awards celebrated and showcased the amazing role models within the industry, which   includes people working on-site right through to the boardroom. 

As well as announcing the overall Top 100 list, the evening celebrated the 15 category winners below:

Unsung Hero – Southern

Shaynesia Byfield, Project Manager

Haringey Council

Unsung Hero – Eastern

Clare Friel, Founder, Friel Consulting

Unsung Hero – Midlands

Lydia Chard, Business Development Manager, Star Scaffolding Ltd

Unsung Hero – South West

Rachel Ledger, Deputy Operations Director – Water, WSP

Unsung Hero – North West

Hattie Hasan, Founder & CEO, Stopcocks Group

Unsung Hero – North East

Bethany Holroyd, Health and Safety Business Partner, WSP UK

Unsung Hero – Wales

Lana Edwards, Plant Operator, R O’Donnell

Unsung Hero – Scotland

Aidan Walusiak, Building Inspector, National House Building Council

Unsung Hero – Northern Ireland

Una McCabe, Mentoring and Supporting Officer, Women’s TEC & MEGA

One to Watch

Crystal Van Den Berg, Civil Engineer Technician Apprentice, PT Contractors


Kelly Cartwright, Company owner, Core Recruiter Ltd

Most Influential Client

Jane Cartwright, Sales Director – Cornwall, Persimmons Homes

Most Influential Designer

Adrienne Gawne-Cain, Architect, Cain Architects

Most Influential Contractor

Amy Underwood, Plant Operator, Underwood Plant Hire & Contractor

Most Influential Overall

Roni Savage, CEO and Founder, Jomas Associates

Danny Clarke, Commercial Director for the National Federation of Builders comments: ”We launched the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction Awards this year in order to celebrate the amazing women and their allies that are doing wonderful things throughout the Industry. Whilst its undeniable that we need to bring more females into the industry we also need to recognise the amazing people we have already working within it.

Unlike many influential lists that focus purely on senior individuals, the NFB’s Top 100 Women in Construction is fully inclusive and crucially showcases all the role models in our industry from Trainees and Apprentices right the way through to the boardroom”.

Following on from the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction Awards the NFB hosted a launch event for the programme of personal development and support which has been developed with the NFBs Women in Construction network to secure the legacy of the Top 100 influential women’s list. 

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