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



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



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