NAWIC UK & Ireland is governed by a National Committee, nominated by Regional members, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting every two years. The National Committee members, led by the Chair, are able to serve two-year long terms before standing down and joining our NAWIC Ambassadors Group.
The National Committee defines the long and short term strategies for the association while overseeing the proceedings of the individual regions. Supported by the network of regional committees, the National Committee balances the needs of the individual regions with the wider NAWIC objectives.
Theresa Mohammed, Chair
(London and South East Region)
Theresa is a Partner in Trowers & Hamlins' Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Team, specialising in contentious construction, which she joined in June 2010 from a boutique construction law practice. Theresa was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2007.
Theresa has extensive experience of acting for Employers and Main Contractors, making High Court applications and the Enforcement of Adjudicators' decisions in the Technology and Construction Court. She is familiar with both standard and bespoke forms of construction contracts. Theresa also has experience of running High Court trials, instructing experts on technical engineering matters, resolving construction disputes through mediation and drafting settlement agreements, claims, defences and adjudication submissions.
Theresa is a regular speaker and author on construction law matters and is part of the panel of judges for the Construction News Specialist Awards 2017.
Loretta Lipworth, Deputy Chair
Loretta is a career-changer on a path to Design Management in Construction from Design for Film & TV.
First-hand experience of making a major career change gave Loretta a particular interest in the attraction and retention of new talent into Construction, from school-leavers to 'non-cognate' mavens. Connecting with NAWIC was hugely beneficial in this process and nowadays, both volunteering in the running of NAWIC and enjoying its work as a member are really positive forces in Loretta's career development.
Steph Van de Pette
Steph is Skanska’s UK Environmental Training Manager, having previously been responsible for the environmental management of their highways and street-lighting contracts in the South East. Steph also chair’s Skanska’s 300+ Women’s Network. As a member of the NAWIC National Committee Steph aims to make NAWIC the go to authority on gender equality and inclusion in the industry; championing the deconstruction of damaging gender stereotypes.
I’m an in-house Legal Counsel (solicitor) to Atkins Limited (Infrastructure - EDPM) and Faithful+Gould Limited UK & Europe, members of SNC-Lavalin Group. Whilst undertaking a general legal role now, my background primarily involved advising on non-contentious construction, engineering and infrastructure matters (such as contract drafting and live project advice) and associated on dispute resolution/contentious matters. I also have experience advising in the context of insurance and environmental issues.
I am an active member of other organisations, including the Society of Construction Law and SCL Astra (having been on the sub-committee for several years and managed its Twitter account).
I joined NAWIC with a view to meeting and networking with like-minded individuals within the construction industry. I am keen to promote the organisation more widely and to help make a difference via the interesting initiatives the team has in mind.
The work of the National Committee is supported by a network of committees based on eight regions. The Regional Committees operate locally with independent programs that respond to their individual contexts.
This approach allows NAWIC to address regional needs and add valuable insight to the membership enabling the network to understand how the industry is evolving in different parts of the country.
Events such as the Annual General Meeting, Annual Conference and End of the Summer Ball, offer an opportunity for the National members to meet at national level.