The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) announced three new directors to the national board at its recent AGM – Joanne Farrell from the ACT, Hayley Gilmore from Queensland, and Kylie Judd from Western Australia.

The three new appointments will be added to the existing board of seven, bringing the total number of National Board Directors to 10. NAWIC National Chair Kristine Scheul says along with a genuine passion for the development of women in the construction industry, these women bring a huge amount of experience, value and knowledge to the table.

“NAWIC is currently at a pivotal point in its development [and] I am so looking forward to working alongside this amazing team throughout 2021 and beyond,” Ms Scheul says. Ms Scheul explains that despite there being great progress in terms of reviewing the membership structure, increasing advocacy platforms, policy development and recognition, these activities are still ongoing and require stability, planning and structure. With the three new directors expanding the Board structure, Ms Scheul is thrilled to see what impact they can have on the much needed progress in the industry.

Joanne Farrell has been in the construction industry for 24 years, starting as an apprentice carpenter, and is now the General Manager of Kane Constructions ACT. She has worked across the eastern seaboard on airport runways, schools, hospitals and defence projects and notably spent three years in Lithuania working on a Nuclear Decommissioning Facility and learning Russian.

Hayley Gilmore is a Quantity Surveyor by background and has over 19 years experience in the UK and Australian Construction industries across a variety of projects in both building and infrastructure sectors. In her role as a Commercial Leader at Laing O’Rourke, Hayley oversees the Commercial and Contract Management of various projects across Australia. Hayley previously held the role of co-chair for the NAWIC NSW Mentoring Sub-Committee for three years and was awarded the 2014 NAWIC NT Crystal Vision Award.

Kylie Judd’s love of technicality and project management led her to a career in construction management. With a background in Civil Engineering and Management, Kylie has fulfilled multidisciplinary roles including Site Engineer, Design Engineer and Quantity Surveyor across her career. She has worked nationally in Perth and Melbourne, as well as internationally, having spent five years in Dubai, UAE. Currently, Kylie is working as an Assistant Project Manager working for Multiplex, and is based in Perth.

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