NAWIC UK & Ireland is governed by a National Committee, nominated by Regional members, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting every two years. The National Committee members, led by the Chair, are able to serve two-year long terms before standing down and joining our NAWIC Ambassadors Group.
The National Committee defines the long and short term strategies for the association while overseeing the proceedings of the individual regions. Supported by the network of regional committees, the National Committee balances the needs of the individual regions with the wider NAWIC objectives.
Theresa Mohammed, Chair
(London and South East Region)
Theresa is a Partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Team, specialising in contentious construction, which she joined in June 2010 from a boutique construction law practice. Theresa was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2007.
Theresa has extensive experience of acting for Employers and Main Contractors, making High Court applications and the Enforcement of Adjudicators' decisions in the Technology and Construction Court. She is familiar with both standard and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Theresa also has experience of running High Court trials, instructing experts on technical engineering matters, resolving construction disputes through mediation and drafting settlement agreements, claims, defences and adjudication submissions.
Theresa is a regular speaker and author on construction law matters and is part of the panel of judges for the Construction News Specialist Awards 2017.
Rebecca Hartshorn, Deputy Chair
(East Midlands Region)
Rebecca holds a BA Hons (RIBA accredited) Degree in Architecture, a Certificate in Architectural Practice (CIAP), an MSc in Construction Management and is a Chartered Construction Manager (FCIOB). She has significant industry experience working in a variety of sectors for main contractors having progressed from Senior Site Engineer to her current position of Preconstruction Manager with Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd. In 2016 Rebecca was also awarded a British Empire Medal BEM for her services to skills and industry.
She is a BREEAM AP and licensed BREEAM Assessor, consulting across her business on issues relating to BREEAM, sustainability, environmental protection and innovation. Rebecca is also a STEM, CITB and CIOB Ambassador and founded our East Midlands region, she is the current national Deputy Chair. Rebecca is a passionate advocate of mentoring and promoting the link between industry and education and is the Chair of the Local Advisory Board for Professional Construction at Derby College and also sits on the Technical Advisory Board for Derby University. In 2015 she joined the prestigious CITB Council to represent the UK Built Environment, a post she will hold until 2017.
In 2007 she was voted one of Construction News’30 Future Leaders, afinalist in the Rising Star category of the Inspire Awards and finalist inthe Business Women of the Future Awards, sponsored by Shell. In 2014 and again in 2016 she was a finalist in the Outstanding Woman in Construction category at the prestigious Women in Construction Awards
Rebecca’s journey into construction however has been anything but typical, in fact she initially went to University to study law putting her passion for Architecture on hold, having been told it “was not really a job for a girl”. Having realised something was missing she made the tough decision to transfer to Architecture and later again to change direction into Construction Management where she experienced a tough start as a graduate engineer working on the waterways infrastructure and a live prison. Like many women in front line construction roles her career to date has been challenging but certainly rewarding. Juggling full-time work with a young son, Rebecca still faces the challenges of managing multi-million pound projects alongside motherhood, in what is still predominantly a male dominated industry
Anna Nasalska, Treasurer
Anna is a Technical Coordinator for Quadrant Construction ( part of London and Quadrant Housing Association) and the London and South East Treasurer for NAWIC UK & Ireland.
Anna has been awarded both an Architecture and Town Planning Engineering Degree at the Warsaw University of Technology in 2002. Whilst studying she joined residential led architectural studio where she participated in the delivery of over 1000 homes.
After qualifying, she joined urban planning practice to develop a masterplan for a 5 sq km brownfield site in the centre of Warsaw. This design inspired her to develop academic research focused on residential development in the city. Anna’s research extended to the post-war history of urban planning and became part of the award-winning Historical Atlas of Warsaw.
Her interest in city living continued to shape her career as she joined Juneves, residential developer, and became their Urban Designer.
Anna moved to London to further her passion and diversify her career by completing MSc in International Real Estates and Planning at The Bartlett School of Planning (UCL, London) in 2012. Her research focused on the relationship between property development, the investment system in UK and national planning systems, exploring the forces under which urban development operates.
In the past four years, Anna has been working on some of London’s best-known sites. An attention to detail and a willingness to embrace new challenges, including technologies, has been instrumental in Anna’s ability to deliver high-quality proposals. She is currently working on the delivery of residential complex in London by L&Q, where she is a Technical Coordinator.