North West Committee

Let us introduce you to the team:

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Loretta Lipworth - Co-founder & Chair

Loretta is a career-changer on a path to Design Management in Construction from Design for Film & TV.

First-hand experience of making a major career change gave Loretta a particular interest in the attraction and retention of new talent into Construction, from school-leavers to 'non-cognate' mavens. Connecting with NAWIC was hugely beneficial in this process and nowadays, both volunteering in the running of NAWIC and enjoying its work as a member are really positive forces in Loretta's career development.

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Laura Padgett - Co-founder, Deputy Chair & Membership Co-ordinator

Laura has worked in Construction and Property recruitment for over 10 years and currently runs the Manchester office for Blayze Group, a specialist recruitment business in the Construction and Property market.

Laura has a passion for driving new and transferable skills into the industry as well as supporting clients with the retention of their employees through leadership and development training.

Having attended many networking events and seminars over the years, Laura is keen to work with NAWIC to establish a North West platform for networking and skills development that is truly proactive about supporting the attraction and retention of great talent in this wonderful industry.

Interests include: Most of my time is taken up with my two sons, ferrying them from various sporting tournaments to kids’ parties and the like, but when I get time to myself, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling and eating out.


Sahar Mahmood - Event Co-ordinator (focus: law)

Sahar is a Solicitor with JMW Solicitors. She specialises in defending individuals and businesses being investigated and prosecuted by the police and regulatory bodies. She has a particular focus on representing those being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and has represented clients in this regard from a variety of sectors including the construction industry. The majority of her clients are SME’s or individual Directors.

Sahar understands the impact these investigations and prosecutions can have on businesses, especially in relation to their finances and reputation. She aims to do everything she can to protect the interests of her clients.

Sahar is looking forward to continuing to learn about the construction industry through connecting with NAWIC members and is always happy to discuss and advise if you have any legal issues.


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Becky Smith - Treasurer & Event Co-ordinator

Becky is a professional trainer with more than 10 years sales and leadership experience in a variety of roles at Hilti GB Ltd. Becky understands how important it is to engage employees and is instrumental in the delivery of developmental training at Hilti. Through her various roles she has seen what opportunities there are for more diversity in the construction industry and is keen to promote NAWIC and gain more connections through networking events & seminars.


 Alex Radu - Event Co-ordinator (focus: skills)

 Freya Woodward - Newsletter Co-ordinator



  • > Connect women and gender diversity champions in construction
  • > Celebrate and support the development of our members
  • > Highlight the construction industry as a positive career choice

The NW region welcomes members and visitors from all backgrounds including students, tradespeople, legal professionals, architects, designers and supply chain partners. We recognise that everybody has a part to play in the construction industry of the future and embrace the many irrespective of gender, generation or background.