North West Committee

Let us introduce you to the team:

lsLaura Stringer, Chair

Laura is a professional trainer and coach with more than 15 years' experience in a wide variety of roles in the Construction supply chain. Over the years, Laura has worked with major contractors, clients and small subcontractors on key industry topics such as Sustainability, Dust, Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), Productivity and Green Building.

Her career with innovative global power tool and fixings manufacturer, Hilti, has led her to build networks with key industry stakeholders in the UK, Ireland, Central Europe and Scandinavia. Laura enjoys working collaboratively with industry partners to build a better future for all in construction whether that be through building awareness on healthier solutions with initiatives such as the Construction Dust Partnership or by addressing the skills gap we currently face in STEM industries. Having attended NAWIC events across the UK in recent years, Laura was keen to establish a North West regional group to provide a platform for like-minded women and men to make a difference in this thriving region. Laura is committed to organising a calendar of events for the NW region in 2017 to provide networking and mentoring opportunities as well as continuous professional development seminars and focussed workshops tackling key industry issues.

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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.

Our aims are:

  • Connecting with like-minded people
  • Collaborating and knowledge-sharing
  • Engaging with wider communities to broaden the perception of construction as a positive career choice



Laura Padgett, Deputy Chair

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.


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Loretta Lipworth, Treasurer

Loretta is a new entrant to the construction industry and with over 10 years’ experience working as a Designer in the film and TV industry, she aims to progress from her current role as an Administrator into Design Management.

First-hand experience of the highs and lows of making a major career path change has given Loretta a particular interest in how the construction industry attracts new talent, from school-leavers to those with many years of transferable skills and knowledge.

Through working and living in diverse locations across the globe, Loretta has gained a keen appreciation for the necessity for diversity and access to development pathways in the workplace.

Connecting with groups like NAWIC and attending seminars, CPD and networking events has been crucial every step of the way, and Loretta looks forward to working with the North West NAWIC committee to create and support these and other fantastic opportunities. 



Jennifer Fisher – PR & Marketing Manager

Jennifer is the Marketing Manager for specialist Construction and Property Recruitment firm Building Careers UK, and is based in the heart of Liverpool.

Jennifer has a passion for all things marketing and communications; from social media to content and branding, and is keen to ensure NAWIC is on the map across the North West.

Having seen the talent this industry has to offer first hand through her involvement in recruitment processes and networking events at BCUK, she’s passionate about promoting construction as an exciting career choice with unlimited potential for more women and young people.





Sahar Mahmood, Committee Member

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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