2017 Video highlights

The inaugural Inspire Summit took place on Wednesday 6thSep at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and brought together almost 400 construction, engineering & housing professionals to hear about the achievements of women blazing a trail in the built environment.

The event, hosted by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Marverine Cole, was attended by men and women working in the built environment, as well as students and school pupils hoping to join the industry.

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Barbara Res - The woman who built Trump Tower

Attend | Learn | Inspire


Following the success of last year’s Inspire Summit, the one day conference and exhibition returns to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on the 25th September.
The event highlights the women working in the UK construction, engineering and housing sectors who are bucking the trend, reshaping expectations and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.  
The event will see 400+ construction professionals of all sexes come together to hear about & debate how we can implement a more diverse & inclusive building sector while offering free attendance to school children (and their parents/ teachers), students in higher education and apprentices.

The Programme

The one day conference will start with a 'what inspires me' panel of leading women in their fields in the main auditorium followed by a programme of focus sessions, panel discussions and live workshops across 3 arenas.  A wide range of professional case studies and issues from finding the right paths to apprenticeships to ensuring a happy work/life balance to leadership models and organisational change will be examined, along with designated exhibition viewing time between sessions, drinks reception and evening dinner to ensure attendees have the opportunity to connect.

Inspiring future generations

In addition to construction professionals attending as delegates, school children (and their parents/ teachers), students in higher education and apprentices the opportunity to attend free of charge – to hear from inspirational role models paving a successful career in the sector, learn new skills in live workshops and generally get a taster of what a career in construction can offer.

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Why attend?

Be inspired by keynote presentations from leading women in their field
Help inspire the next generation (with paid-for delegates subsidising free attendance for students & apprentices) and meet the next crop of female graduates coming into the industry
Join the debate on how we change the culture of the industry to be more diverse & inclusive
Show your support for women in a male dominated industry and highlight your company’s equality & diversity agenda
Learn new skills & share best practice
Showcase your organisation to some of the UK’s leading construction clients from rail, infrastructure, housing, commercial property and the public sector
Network with over 400 leading professionals – including leading voices on training, corporate responsibility and equality, diversity & inclusion


There was a large selection of exhibitors displaying a vast array of products and services including;

  • Wates Group
  • Mears
  • Redrow Homes
  • Whitbread
  • The Association of Women in Property (WiP)
  • Women in Social Housing (WISH)
  • Morson International
  • e3p
  • Women on the Tools
  • Skills4Stem Ltd
  • Stopcocks
  • Travis Perkins
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Galliford Try Partnerships
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Hilti
  • University of Salford
  • Waste Plan Solutions
  • Great Places Housing Group
  • Jooce Marketing & PR
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
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Inspirational Speakers

Regeneration Manager, Orbit
Strategic Partnerships Director (Midlands & North), CITB
Managing Director, Wilmott Dixon
Chief Executive, Skills4Stem
Managing Director, Construction Coach
Director of Re-Thinking, Wilmott Dixon
Chief Executive & Chartered Account
Chief Executive, Stafford & Rural Homes
Managing Director, Procure Plus


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One amazing day…


If you don’t try you will never know whether you can do something

Sian Massey Ellis The only female football match official working in the English Premier League

why just fit in when you can stand out?

Emma Nicholls Founder of Your Red Dress

Be unique and proud and make space to learn

Karen Armitage Chief executive of Stafford and Rural Homes

The sector is doing some good work. It is just getting that message out there

Sarah Fenton Strategic partnerships director (Midlands & North), CITB

We need to value people who work with their hands

Claire Schimmer Chair of Women on the Tools

We need to encourage parents to understand what construction is about

Christine Townley Skills, diversity and young people champion

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