What does your role entail?

As Construction Manager I lead a team in the delivery of projects on site. It is my responsibility to ensure that works are planned well so that they are carried out safely, and that we are staying on program and managing cost. 

How did you navigate your career?

I started my career with McConnell Dowell through their Graduate Program, and I’m still with McConnell Dowell now. Being open to taking different roles and challenging myself has meant that throughout my career I’ve been given opportunities to move progressively into more senior roles as I have become more experienced and as the company has also grown.  

What has been your career highlight?

One of my career highlights would be seeing the first train go over the Kororoit Creek Rd grade separated rail bridge that we built in its entirety in a continuous 36 day rail occupation. To see the culmination of so much planning and work, and after the intensity of the occupation, made me extremely proud. 

What has been your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge in my career so far has been balancing work and life. It’s an ongoing challenge, and one that has actually gotten harder over time, not easier, as I’ve recently returned to work from maternity leave. 

What do you think is the most important change happening in the construction industry?

At the moment we are going through an infrastructure boom in Victoria, and everyone is under more pressure than ever. However, we are also seeing the importance of mental health and wellness becoming more recognised within the construction industry. This is an important change as we need to ensure that we are looking after people if we want them to stay within the industry. 

What would be your one piece of advice for other women aspiring to progress in the construction industry?

That the construction industry wants improve gender diversity, so they want you! Use it to your advantage and reach out for support when you need it. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

That we see the construction industry move towards equity in gender diversity.