What was your first role in construction?
I joined Moston Construction in 2019 shortly after completing my degree in Construction Technology from TU Dublin.
I had the pleasure of joining the management team for a Design and Build project at Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry. My role developed over the duration of the project, including working as a Finishing Foreman.
Why did you choose construction as a career?
Construction has played a significant role in my family for generations which has been huge influence. Finding a practical and hands-on role was important to me. This job is fast paced and every day presents new challenges, which is what I was looking for in a career.
What do you feel is the biggest challenge of being a woman working within construction?
It is still very much a male-dominated industry, as a Site Manager I think that this in itself presents its own unique challenges.
I am currently working on our Social Housing Project at New St, for Peter McVerry Trust and having the necessary support from my team is essential, particularly through this difficult time with all the challenges that Covid 19 has brought.
Do you feel that the industry is opening up more to women?
Yes, definitely. During my time working in the industry, I’ve seen the number of women grow. I’m happy to say that at Moston Construction, we have a number of women holding management roles such as Quantity Surveyors, Accounts Manager, Bid Manager, which is encouraging both for the business and for the industry as a whole.
How can the industry be more inclusive for women?
By further developing opportunity pathways at Secondary level education. Showcase the possibilities available to young girls, encourage women into trades along with professional qualifications. There is still a long way to go in changing the perceptions of a career for women in this industry.