About Us

Why we do what we do?

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In a multicultural/global society where the communities we design for and the client bodies we design with are diverse, so should our teams be.

The National Association of Women in Construction is one of the world's longest-running organisations for women working in construction. Our growing membership reflects the range of roles available in the built environment and operates within the team spirit which is characteristic of our industry.

NAWIC UK and Ireland is a diverse Not-For-Profit Association with a presence in seven separate regions: Ireland, East Midlands, West Midlands, North East, North West, Scotland and London and South East. Each regional committee is represented at the national level and run independent programmes which respond to their specific contexts.

Our Purpose:

The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access first-hand knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.

We aim to promote the positives in the Construction Industry as a whole and to highlight the fantastic work carried out by professionals working within.

Our key targets are: A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field across the industry. Ending of stereotypes

To achieve this, our work focuses on: Supporting the development of members. Inspiring the young to look at the industry as a valid source for a future career. Reaching out to the entirety of our peers in order to deliver a real difference

Association status:

The National Association of Women in Construction in the United Kingdom and Ireland is an unincorporated association of members run entirely by unpaid volunteers operating in accordance to the NAWIC UK & Ireland rules.

Our independent status enables us to sit at the heart of the industry and to reach out to its leaders facilitating cross-discipline and generational discussions on topics such as Education, Career development or the future of our cities.

Our address is : The National Association of Women in Construction. Po Box 650, Brentford, TW8 1BQ

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History:

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, it emerged from a smaller network “Women in Construction of Fort Worth” wanting to expand. The group of women who were active in the industry and already in business with each other, had started the support network in 1953 looking to create a platform from which the female working in the industry could build their confidence and achieve their full potential. “We were women with electricity in our veins, cement dust on our shoes, sawdust on our minds … busy, busy, busy, filthy things. ” Alice Ashley, a founding member.

Over the last sixty (plus) years, it has developed into a global organisation with thousands of international affiliates operating in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK & Ireland.

NAWIC UK & Ireland was founded in 2003, after signing an international affiliation agreement.

Past National Chairs and NAWIC Ambassadors:

  • Siobhan McMahon, Director at Emerald Architects, 2014-2016
  • Kate Onions, Senior Associate at Gateley Plc, 2013-2014
  • Melanie Relf, Principal at Mira Architects, 2013-2013
  • Katrina Dowding, MD at Skanska FMS, 2005-2013

Past National Deputy Chairs and NAWIC Ambassadors:

  • Rebecca Hartshorn, Pre-construction Manager at John Sisk and Son Ltd, 2016-2017