The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) announces the appointment of three new directors, Joanne Farrell (ACT), Hayley Gilmore (QLD) and Kylie Judd (WA) to the National Board. The three new members join the existing board of seven, bringing the total number of National Board directors to ten.

“Much progress has been made in reviewing the membership structure, increasing advocacy platforms, policy development and more recognition in the industry as the advocate organisation for positive change for women in the construction industry. However each of these actions is ongoing, requiring stability, planning and structure. That is why we’re so thrilled to be able to expand our Board structure with these three new appointments,” NAWIC National Chair Kristine Scheul said.

Joanne Farrell

Beginning her life in the construction industry 24 years ago as an apprentice carpenter, Farrell is now the general manager of Kane Constructions ACT. Her experience spans projects across the eastern seaboard and includes airport runways, schools, hospitals and defence facilities. Farrell also spent three years in Lithuania working on a nuclear decommissioning facility.

With a view to seeing more tradeswomen in construction, she actively works with Government bodies and industry to implement pathway programs for apprenticeships as well as encourage, recruit and retain women in construction across all disciplines.

Hayley Gilmore

Gilmore has a quantity surveying background, and works as commercial leader at Laing O'Rourke, overseeing commercial and contract management of various projects across Australia. She has over 19 years of experience in both building and infrastructure projects across the UK and Australian markets.

Hayley has previously co-chaired the NAWIC NSW Mentoring Sub-committee for three years and was awarded the 2014 NAWIC NT Crystal Vision Award.

Kylie Judd

Kylie Judd’s background in civil engineering and management led to a fulfilling career in construction management, performing multidisciplinary roles including site engineer, design engineer and quantity surveyor. Her work has taken her to Perth and Melbourne, as well as internationally, having spent five years in Dubai, UAE. Kylie is employed by Multiplex as an assistant project manager in Perth.

Kylie has always been extremely passionate about women in construction, and enjoys encouraging, motivating and mentoring within the community.

“Each of these women brings tremendous experience, value and knowledge to the NAWIC Board, along with a true passion for creating positive change for women in the construction industry. I am so looking forward to working alongside this amazing team throughout 2021 and beyond,” says Scheul.

Image: Joanne Farrell