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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Preconstruction & Marketing Manager , Interclass

Sara brings over a decade of construction industry experience with Tier 1 and regional contractors, and during this time has always championed mental health awareness and promoted the benefits of a diverse workforce. As well as heading up the preconstruction team at Interclass, Sara also works as part of the Senior Leadership Team to deliver the company's mental health and wellbeing strategy and is also passionate about encouraging more women into the industry. Sara worked with several specialist employment organisations to change the way Interclass recruit and to actively seek different ways of thinking into the industry help build a more inclusive culture, that also prioritises mental health. In 2022, she was listed in the Top 100 most Influential Women in Construction and she is also an NFB Ambassador.

Statement:

Embracing cognitive diversity in construction is essential for the future of the industry. By recognising and celebrating the wide range of perspectives, experiences, and thinking styles that individuals bring to the table means we can not only create an environment where people feel valued, heard, and empowered but it also puts organisations in the best place to innovate, progress and problem solve more efficiently.