Jo-Anne Harrison (CBRE) and Matthew Harris (Rider, Levett, Bucknall)

30 August 2011 – Successful women in construction and property have been rewarded for their achievements at the National Association of Women in Construction (NSW) awards.

Managing director of CB Richard Ellis Projects, Jo-Anne Harrison who won the Rider Levett Bucknall Crystal Vision award was described by the judges as being “in a position to influence policies and practices that would help women follow in her footsteps.

“She is the only woman in her company in such a position, and this level of seniority is rare in project management. She demonstrated positive change through her initiatives in mentoring, flexible working and training in CBRE and beyond,” they said.

Ann Austin of Lend lease, who won the Baulderstone Award for Contribution to Sustainability, is initiator, designer and builder of the Lend Lease Sustainability Core Skills Program.

She has pioneered a training tool that allows individuals to innovate and influence change in sustainability.

She won the award due to the quality, innovativeness, impact and commercial value of this program, and for her leadership in its conception, development and implementation.

The Lend Lease program was designed to educate staff about both the philosophy and technical practicalities of sustainability so they can be confident implementing sustainable solutions in their areas of work.

It includes a one day face to face introduction and a series of 12 online learning modules.

The online learning component of the program recently won two LearnX awards for excellence in online learning and environmental education.

The program has the potential to aid professional development outside Lend Lease in the broader construction and real estate sector with the potential licensing of the modules to industry partners.

It has been recognised by the Green Building Council of Australia which offer credits for the modules in their continuing professional development program.

Ann Austin

Ms Austin managed the design, development and implementation of all stages of the program including writing/ designing several sections of both first base and online modules, co-delivering over half of the 45 first base programs delivered and testing and refining all online learning modules

The Green Building Council of Australia has recognised the program’s learning modules as part of their continuing professional development program.

See previous story on Ann Austin

A wide field of engineers, architects, interior designers, project managers, lawyers and developers nominated for the awards.

Other winners included:

Drenka Andjelic, Construction Assignments: CBRE Business Woman of the Year.

Christina Hobbes, Stockland: Brookfield Multiplex Award for Contribution to a Projects Development.

Lend Lease team

Rosanna Petteno, Coffey Projects: Leighton Contractors for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fitout

Elizabeth Nicholson, Paragon Project Management:Lend Lease Scholarship for Future Leaders

Kerryn Coker, Arup: Stockland Award for Innovation in Design

Lend Lease (team award): MBA & Lincoln Recruitment Workplace Innovation

Cindi Corcoran, CBRE: Now Careers Project Management Award

Lucy Minter: Acoustic Logic Tradesperson Scholarship

Alyce Smith, UTS: Laing O’Rourke University Scholarship

The NAWIC is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1995 which aims to promote and improve the construction industry by the advancement of women within it.

Meanwhile, the Laing O’Rourke Crystal Vision Award went to to Australasia Arup chief executive officer Peter Bailey.

The award celebrates senior individuals who actively promote the participation of women in the construction industry and encourages their career progression.

The judges noted: “Peter has utilised his role as chair and CEO of Arup in Australasia to influence and advance opportunities for women within Arup across Australia and the region.”

Mr Bailey said there were “wonderful women working within our organisation and it is important we enable them to have fulfilling and interesting careers”.