Free event to build bridges for women in construction

A free event to encourage more women into the construction industry – the first of its kind on the south coast – is being organised by the University of Portsmouth at 6pm on Thursday 20 March.

The event is for budding architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers or anyone currently working in construction. It’s not just for women though; it’s for anyone who would like to network with likeminded people and attend an event that encourages more women to join, stay and progress within the industry.

Guest speakers are Clare Wildfire, Technical Director at Mott MacDonald and Lorraine Farrelly, Professor of Architecture and Design at the University.

The event is being organised by the University in partnership with Women in Building Services Engineering (WiBSE) – a network which aims to support and encourage women in the building services industry.

It follows hot on the heels of a report presented to Parliament this week, which calls for the gender imbalance in the construction industry to be addressed. Sarah Davis, Chair of WiBSE, was part of the group of women who presented the report Building the future: women in construction to the House of Commons.

Jeremy Philpot, Estates Operation Director at the University, said:

“We’re delighted to have teamed up with WiBSE to organise this event. There’s a real need to raise awareness of the interesting and varied career opportunities available to women entering the industry, and to encourage more diversity.

“Clare Wildfire and Lorraine Farrelly are both fantastic female role models and it will be interesting to hear more about their experiences of working in a male dominated world.”

Find out more about the event and book through Eventbrite