2018 Speakers

Headline Speaker - Barbara Res

Barbara is known for being the first woman to oversee a major New York City construction site, when in 1979 she was employed by Donald Trump to build the world famous Trump Tower.  She is equally known however for her outspoken views on the President and has been quoted extensively about his mistreatment of women, publicly opposing him in the run up to the 2016 US Election.


In addition to heading up the construction of some The Trump Organisation’s most iconic buildings from 1980-1992, Barbara has worked in construction and development across the U.S. and in Europe for almost 40 years, is an expert in dealing with sexual harassment and has written extensively about women in construction, with works including ‘All Alone on the 68th Floor: How One Woman Changed the Face of Construction’

Host - Marverine Cole

Marverine Cole is an award-winning Journalist and Broadcaster. She’s been a TV Reporter, Producer and Live News Presenter for the BBC in the Midlands, and more recently Sky News and 5 News from London. She’s also a freelance Radio Documentary Producer, delivering programmes for BBC Radio 5 Live, 1Xtra and BBC Radio 4.

A highly experienced voiceover artist she’s at her best working on complicated and technical corporate projects. She’s deft at hosting conferences and awards ceremonies in the areas of Politics, Diversity and Housing, often working with high-profile decision-makers and influencers.

Marverine is a huge advocate of inclusion and equality in the media industry and – for the last decade – she’s trained aspiring broadcasters and prepared countless top executives, CEOs and MDs for TV and radio appearances. She’s now an academic and a scholar: leading the new Journalism undergraduate degree at Birmingham City University.

Away from the limelight, Marverine also happens to be one of the UK’s leading female experts on beer. As a qualified beer sommelier she frequently advises on beer and food matching events, as well as hosting corporate and consumer events for pubs and breweries. She’s appeared on some of Britain’s most popular daytime TV and radio shows, all to spread the word about the beauty in beer.


Conference Speakers

Emma Nicholls
Founder and MD
Your Red Dress Ltd
Dr Pragya Agarwal
Creative and Social Entrepreneur
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Emma Richman
Director of Assets
Great Places Housing Group
Jane Entwistle
Technical Director
Laura Bell
Graduate Project ...
Lisa Raynes
Pride Road
Liz Forrester
Education Director
Class Of Your Own
Michelle Hands
Project Manager
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Simone de Gale
Chartered Architect
Chief Executive, Simone de Gale Architects
Nigel Wilson
Group Chief Executive Officer
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group
Kate Ives
Development Director
Wates Residential
Dr Ozak Esu
Electrical Engineer
Mary Kelly Mannion
Head of Procurement
Barbra Carlisle
Diversity and Inc...
Arcadis UK
Dr. David Hancock
Construction Director
Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA)
Duncan Williams
Regional Managing Director
Seddon Construction
Kathryn Lennon-Johnson
Built Environment Skills in Schools
Loretta Lipworth
Chair & Co-Founder
National Association of Women in Construction (North West)
Manjeeta Pathak
Assistant Site Manager
Redrow Homes and winner of Most Inspiring Rising Star
Monika Slowikowska
Golden Houses Developments
Paul Chandler
Group Managing Director,
Construction Group, Wates
Rebecca Hartshorn
Pre-construction Manager
John Sisk and Son Ltd
Karen Armitage
Chief Executive
Stafford and Rural Homes
Harish Bhayani
Senior Partner
PRM Diversity Consultants
Jo Wraith
Business Transfor...
Jessica Picard
Business Transfor...
Maria Coulter
Managing Director
Construction Coach
Chief Executive
The Association for Project Safety (APS)
Caroline Dakin
Caroline Dakin Associates
Anna Davies
David Miller Architects
Katie Saunders
Trowers & Hamlins
Kat Healey
Training Manager
Seddon Housing Partnerships
Sally-Ann Smith
Head of Marketing and Commu...
Seddon Housing Partnerships
Claire Schimmer
Chair of Trustees
for Women on the Tools.
Lauren Cunningham
Livia Williams
Co Founder, Women in Roofing
Nottingham City Homes - Head of Major and Minor Works
Fiona Sharp
Re:vision Op...
Procure Plus
Bridget Jackson
Co-chair of the HS2 Ltd Gender Ba...
and Head of Benefits Management
Hattie Hasan
Stopcocks Women Plumbers
Jo Hall
Deputy Head of Engineering
at Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form
Helen Yeulet
Skills delivery director
Finishes and Interiors Sector Ltd
Sharon Slinger
Constructing Rainbows
Julia Wolfendale
Founder and director
On The Up Consulting ltd
Julia Brunning
Teacher of DEC
London Legacy Development Corporation