Senior Planner and LGBT Network Co Chair
Utilities Project Manager and Chair – Kent & Medway Construction Guild
Ebbsfleet Garden City
Nicola Coppen is the Utilities Project Manager at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, an arm’s length body of Government set up to create a 21st century Garden City in Ebbsfleet, north Kent. The wealth of knowledge that Nicola can offer covers construction in many fields, including regeneration, electricity, water, nuclear, road, rail and facilities management.
Skills and diversity champion
Christine trained as a Civil Engineer in the 1970’s and worked for consulting engineers on the design and construction of floodwalls, dams and reservoirs In the mid 80’s she moved into adult education. As Vice principal of an Adult Community College where she was committed to widening participation and developed innovative programmes aimed at supporting local authority frontline workers develop their literacy and numeracy skills. She later moved to the national Basic Skills agency where as Assistant Director she led two national DFES funded programmes supporting Adult Basic Skills. With this passion for education and the built environment Christine joined the Construction Youth Trust in 2004 and was instrumental in growing the Trust significantly and increasing its reach. She is passionate about young people and skills and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between communities and construction. While at the Trust Christine developed two key programmes Budding Builders and Budding Brunels both of which aim to remove barriers to construction trades and professions especially for young people from disadvantaged communities. Many of the young people that the Trust supports are NEETs that have had a difficult start in life and include care leavers and ex-offenders. Through her work at the Trust Christine also championed diversity and partnered with the Smith Institute on the development of a monograph about ‘Women in Construction” She also worked with the industry to set up the Trust’s awards for young professionals, The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme. Christine left the Trust in early 2017 and continues to champion young people and skills with great passion. Recently she has been supporting a major developer to develop mechanisms for community engagement to support the residents into training and jobs.
Costello Palmer Communications
Marie has 18 years experience of working in marketing and business development. In 2015 Marie founded Costello Palmer Communications, a marketing and communications consultancy specialising in digital content and high-performance strategic delivery for a global client base and audience. Having worked globally with both public and private sector organisations, Marie is an expert marketing strategist, known for delivering compelling creativity, whether it be content, imagery or persuasion to directly impact onto her clients’ bottom line. Marie’s approach is one of insight-led thinking and an understanding of how the digital agenda now drives brands and decision making. Marie’s success comes from a genuine interest in her clients’ business challenges and a belief that by simply putting the right marketing tools in place can transform an organisation and help them win new business. Marie has worked with a diverse range of leading international businesses and brands spanning several sectors within the AEC industry including; architecture, manufacturing, engineering, digital construction and with UK and international membership bodies such as the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA), Buildoffsite and buildingSMART.
Founder and CEO
With many years’ experience in the built environment sector, Sarah Davis founded Skills4Stem Ltd in 2014 with the objective of helping to address the current shortage of skills within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with a focus within the Built Environment. As a graduate herself in the engineering field of Lighting Design, she is well placed to understand the issues that are currently being faced within industry. Sarah is an FCIOB Chartered Construction Manager. Sarah was instrumental in setting up the CIBSE group: Women in Building Services Engineering (WiBSE). She was a member of the Royal Institute of Architecture (RIBA) Barriers to Women in Architecture Task Force in 2014 and is a current member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Built Environment Executive.
Join our group of Women in Construction Ambassadors to promote all of the networking sessions and diversity discussions across the whole show.
Join us for the largest gathering of women in construction the UK for the 3rd annual Women in Construction networking session on the morning of the 24th October.