A Successful Conference - Enjoyed by all

 

The Women in Rooing First National Conference took place on Friday 26 February at Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest.

 

60 people attended and the buzz words for the day were Inspiring, Amazing, and Networking.

 

The conference was opened by Denise Cherry who welcomed the delegates and introduced the programme.

 

Denise Cherry Opening Conference

 

Co-Founder of the WinR Initiative Livia Williams spoke about Fairness Inclusion and Respect across the roofing sector and Policy implementation through the Trade Federations.    As a Director of the Institute of Roofing Livia stressed that the Institute is fully endorsing WinR and supports wider WINR engagement in the roofing industry.

 

 

The third speaker of the morning was James Talman, the CEO of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors

who delivered a lively and amusing speach giving a clear message that NFRC will be driving the policy for increasing diversity in the roofing industry, more women around the NFRC regional committees and NFRC Board and future aspiration first NFRC woman President.   The NFRC is also fully supporting WINR, great platform for celebrating success and women’s immense contribution to the roofing industry.

 

 

The key event of the morning session was the presentation by Lorraine Gregory of GoConstruct who delivered a presentation of Go Construct and workshops on how the industry can develop a more diverse workforce.

 

 

The workshops were well received and generated lively discussions.

 

 

As a result of Lorraines workshops no less than 20 people volunteered to become involved with industry promotions and/or to act as case studies to emphasis the range of roles open to women in roofing and how these can become interesting, challenging and rewarding careers.

 

 

Afternoon

 

The first slot on the afternoon's agenda went to Kay Rose, Operations Manager with Axter Ltd who gave an

Inspiring presentation filled with lots of witty stories on her experience working for over 10 years in a male dominated environment in the roofing industry.

 

Kay has become a role model for the Women in Roofing, great example of a successful woman in construction whoproved that with hard work and determination could produce great achievements.   Kay has given a great feed-back on the IOR Management and Technician course and the positive impact on her career.

 

Kay won the Institute of Roofing Student of the Year Award 2015

 

 

Maria Wills - the Construction Coach provided a great motivational workshop where people got involved and fully enjoyed in working in groups.    Maria challenged the group to think about how to achieve their goals and the power of positivity

 

 

The #powerpose has become a signature pose for the WINRs