Stockland's Davina Rooney accepting the sustainability award.

Standout females in the construction industry have been recognised for their accomplishments at the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter’s Awards for Excellence.

Close to 1000 people attended The Star in Sydney last Thursday night for the 20th anniversary of the NAWIC event.

“The NAWIC Awards for Excellence celebrate both rising female stars and recognised leaders from across our industry, as well as the companies supporting and guiding female talent,” NAWIC NSW chapter president Sarah Hogan said.

Stockland sustainability manager Davina Rooney took out the Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability,  with Lendlease’s Barangaroo South “eco-concierge” Lucy Sharman coming in as runner-up.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Business Woman of the Year Award went to Laura Durkan, head of HR at construction, refurbishment and fitout specialist Richard Crookes.

“Laura has faced significant challenges as Richard Crookes evolves from a small family business to a competitive, established name,” Ms Hogan said. “The judges were impressed with Laura’s ability to create a successful learning and development function within her company, and with the positive impact she has made on the entire business.”

The Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry went to Hilti Australia, which manufactures specialised tools for the construction industry.

The company has established a dedicated diversity and inclusion team focused on four key areas: flexible work arrangements; developing women for leadership roles; recruitment practices; and establishing external partnerships to raise awareness. This has seen female job applications increase from 10 to 15 per cent over the past 12 months.

“Hilti’s commitment to advancing the careers of women is bearing fruit, and 30 per cent of its executive management team is female. Hilti is showing the industry how diversity can be delivered,” Ms Hogan said.

Other winners were:

  • Probuild Tradesperson Scholarship: Bonnie Marcus, Ferris Building
  • Master Builders Association & Clinton Recruitment Award for Team Innovation: Jacobs, for consistent team work on multiple health infrastructure projects
  • Brookfield Scholarship for Future Leaders: Rodanthe-Marie Butler, Brookfield Multiplex
  • Stockland Award for Innovation in Design: Emma Favretto, Probuild Constructions
  • CBRE University Scholarship: Natalie Galea, a PhD student at the University of New South
  • HASSELL Award for Contribution to a Project’s Development: Kimberley Jackson, Lendlease, for Tower Three at Barangaroo South
  • MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fit Out: Joanna Lees, Lendlease, for her work on Lendlease’s new workplace at Barangaroo
  • Built Project Manager Award: Samantha McWilliam, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, for Sydney Metro City and Southwest