Chair – Glayne Price (LHC Architects)
Glayne is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and the Technical Delivery Director for LHC Architects. Having worked her way up from being a junior she completed her HNC in Building Studies whilst being mentored at work. She is particularly passionate about building design and in 2002 her efforts resulted in winning the business section of ‘Plymouth Women of Achievement’. This was a spring board for her career and in 2007 she was promoted to director, with specialist skills being design development and client & project management. Glayne’s proudest moment was the opening by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall of the award winning £17m JCB Academy of which she had led the design delivery and on site processes over 6 years.
More recently, in 2016 the numerous project achievements were recognised when she was nominated and won The European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards ‘Best woman Architectural Technologist’ category. Outside of work, field hockey is her passion, playing for Caradon Hockey Club (CHC) and Regional West Hockey over 45’s team – chosen from players in Cornwall up to Hampshire and Gloucestershire!
In early 2017, Glayne took over as chair of SWWIC. We wish Glayne the best of luck and here is to the future of SWWIC.
Vice Chair- Kate Mills (Ward Williams Associates)
Based in WWA’s Plymouth office after moving back to the city in 2005, Kate was born and brought up in the city (her family have been jewellers in the city for over 120 years!). After gaining her degree at the University of Exeter, she work for many years in various sales and marketing roles with large FMCG companies before her return to the West Country in 2005. She was offered a part-time role Aecom (when they were Scott Wilson) to help with Business Development. Kate is now a partner at the well established firm Ward Williams Associates along with roles in various other committees.
For Kate, working in the construction industry means no two days are ever the same. A bit like her support for SWWIC, as she provides the marketing and management of events!
Treasurer – Emma Martin (Faithful + Gould)
Emma is a Quantity Surveyor for Faithful + Gould, based in Exeter. She describes her route into the construction industry in 2006 as not being “a standard one” when she was told about a trainee QS role available at a local company. She didn’t know what a QS was (having attended an all-girls school) so had to do lots of research for her interview (discovering that it matched her analytical & mathematical skills perfectly!).
Her interview success now means she is working her way towards her Chartered status with the RICS as well as supporting SWWIC. She has since returned to her old school on numerous occasions to promote construction as a challenging and dynamic industry with a diverse range of career options for women – ensuring they all know what a QS does!
New Membership Co-ordinator – Cathryn Bishop (Cornish Interiors)
Cathryn runs her own interior design business, Cornish Interiors. Born and brought up in Cornwall, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Interior & Spatial Related Design, she spent several years working for various property developers before setting up her own business. Cathryn and her team design and project manage all sorts of interior projects (from boutique hotels to large private homes) where she is as happy in steel toecaps and a hard hat as she is fluffing cushions!
Cathryn looks after our rapidly growing group of new members, making sure you will always be greeted at your first event, and introduced to our very friendly members. Outside of work, Cathryn enjoys eating in nice restaurants, staying in posh hotels and generally gazing at luxury interiors!
Marketing & Events Co-ordinator – Olivia Whiting (First Class Builders)
Olivia is an Office Administrator for First Class Builders
based in Kingsteignton. Her job involves a range of activities, including; creating the CAD designs of customers bathrooms, website marketing liaison, email marketing campaign creator, process time sheets for the workforce, organise office meetings, liaise both with the website team, the install side of the business as well as aiding with various tasks. She has been through her apprenticeship and then followed on to recently graduating with a Foundation Degree in Business and is currently in the process of studying for her BA, part time at the University of Plymouth.
Committee Role – Louise Creber (Aecom)
Louise joined AECOM in August 2015 to assist Kate Mills in a business development role covering Plymouth & Exeter Offices, so the SWWIC Committee also grabbed her administration skills to keep us on the straight and narrow! Her past experience includes marketing the new properties in Millbay for Muse Developments, Sales and PR acitivity for Plymouth Boat Trips and managing the client suite at the law firm Foot Anstey’s new flagship office in Salt Quay House, Sutton Harbour. Her strengths lie in winning business, first class customer service and event organisation.
Communications – Carla Wilkinson (Morgan Sindall)
Carla was elected by the group into the committee following Sue’s departure managing the communications. Carla has always actively promoted SWWIC and is pleased to now be apart of the committee. Carla is a Marketing Manager for Morgan Sindall Construction dealing with pre construction, bid management, business development, community investment along with helping to run the offices within Devon. Carla is part of many other committees and will look to help the committee come up with some exciting events for 2017, watch this space!!
Thelma Sorensen, OBE
Thelma is a passionate campaigner for the construction led initiatives in the South West of England and supports SWWIC through her wide-ranging networks and connections in the south west (such as the CIOB, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Economic Forum, Cornwall Business Partnership and the Devon and Cornwall Business Council). She was awarded the OBE in 2010 in recognition of her contribution the economic regeneration of Cornwall.
Bernadette Parkinson – Plymouth Construction Training Group
Originally from Lancashire, Bernadette is one of the longest serving members of SWWIC and has been involved in many projects and innovative schemes during her 25 years in the construction industry to improve its recruitment of women. Her roles include Marketing, Property Development, (Carkeek and Alfred Mc Alpine) and Area Manager for the CITB, managing training of Apprentices; Business Improvement Advice and Guidance; Careers in Construction. This brings a unique knowledge to SWWIC in accessing funding and partnerships to develop SWWIC Members and projects, such as a Partnership with FMB which funded the L3 CMI project in Mentoring for members).
Currently Bernadette is, in association with CITB & Devon and Plymouth Construction Training Groups, the training of the SWWIC Ambassadors, which is ongoing with follow up training and recruitment. Plus she is organising and managing the “Non-Graduate” Apprentice SWWIC Award Annually with local employers and training providers.