On the 4th of October 2023, the National Federation of Builders held for a second time, its famous ‘Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction’ Awards.
Oh, what a night… When someone typically thinks about construction, they have a specific image in their mind of the type of industry it is. However, the people that came to the Top 100 Awards look to expand this idea and create new and exciting changes. The National Federation of Builders’ Top 100 Most Influential Women in Construction Awards is more than just a once-a-year celebration; it serves as a beacon of change and progress in the industry. By acknowledging and honouring the remarkable achievements of women and non-binary individuals in construction, these awards inspire a culture of diversity and inclusivity. Such recognition isn’t just about the night itself, but about the long-term impact it can have on the industry going forward. Encouraging and supporting women in construction is vital for creating a fair and equal work environment. The ongoing support for initiatives like the Top 100 Women in Construction Awards is instrumental in driving positive change and ensures that the construction sector continues to evolve into a place where everyone can have the opportunity to thrive. These awards are only the beginning as it is vital that they receive your continuous support. Times are changing and these people have been recognised and rewarded for their efforts in joining the movement and therefore improving construction. The NFB are keen to be at the forefront of these changes in the industry and by holding events such as the Top 100, it gives us all hope that more and more people are joining in.
NFB’s staff put their heart and soul into making this event properly reflect the importance of celebrating women and non-binary people in construction. The guests, elegantly attired, were welcomed with a sparkling and glittery glass of prosecco. Then at the drinks reception our very own Commercial Director Danny Clarke addressed the audience as the most influential list started to roll on the large screens around the stadium revealing the shortlist. An emotionally invoking speech was then delivered by our charity partner Mates in Mind about the importance of mental health in the industry. After drinks, our guests were ushered to their seats so that the main event could begin. The evening was hosted by award winning comedian Cerys Nelmes, who kept the audience in stitches during each pause in proceedings. Her sharp wit and empathy with the audience certainly had them eating out of her hands as she announced each award. Throughout the night the excitement was palpable, the camaraderie was awe inspiring and everyone could feel it. The judges had gone through all of the nominees’ entries and statements thoroughly and carefully to ensure the Top 100 list, the shortlists and winners for each category were awarded to the most deserving.
With such a large guest list the ballroom at Edgbaston Stadium was packed to the brim with inspiring, like-minded people with one particular goal in mind. To champion women in construction. The evening was a celebration of the talent and achievements of these inspirational people, as we listened to the work they are continuously doing within the industry to create an environment that is favourable and fair to all.
The National Federation of Builders extends its heartfelt gratitude to our invaluable sponsors for their unwavering support, without which such an extraordinary event would not have been possible. Their commitment to championing women in construction mirrors our own dedication to this cause. Their support has enabled us to create a platform that celebrates and recognizes the outstanding contributions of women and non-binary individuals in the construction industry.
We also want to express our deep appreciation to the distinguished panel of judges who dedicated their time, expertise, and discerning judgment to meticulously evaluate the nominees and select the deserving winners. Their rigorous assessment ensures the integrity and credibility of the ‘Top 100 Women in Construction’ Awards, and we are immensely grateful for their efforts in upholding these standards.
Furthermore, we extend our thanks to all those who took the time to send in their nominations. Your nominations helped shine a spotlight on exceptional individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the construction field. Your participation was instrumental in showcasing the incredible talent and dedication present within this industry.
Last but certainly not least, we wish to express our gratitude to everyone who attended the event. Your presence not only made the night truly fantastic but also transformed it into a powerful and electrifying gathering. Your energy and enthusiasm were infectious, creating an environment where the celebration of achievements and the advocacy for diversity and inclusion in construction could thrive. Your support is a vital driving force behind our mission to make the construction industry more inclusive and equitable for all. Thank you for being a part of this inspiring journey towards positive change in construction.
Written by Stephanie Thompson-Hughes