West Midlands Committee

Let us introduce you to the team:

Karen Evansbw

Karen Evans, Chair & Treasurer


Karen is a Technical Director at Wood, in the Environment and Infrastructure Solutions part of the business, based in central Birmingham.

I followed a ‘fairly traditional route’ into work after ‘A’ levels in Maths, Biology and Chemistry, circa 27 years ago.

I chose to enter the Construction profession after undertaking some work experience at the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  This inspired me to go to college and study Civil Engineering which I did and gained a Higher National Diploma and BEng Honours degree in Civil Engineering from Coventry University.

I then went on to work for a Consulting Engineering Company and have continued to work in the private sector ever since.   




I am a member of NAWIC and joined the Committee to:

• Meet, encourage and support other women in the industry;

• To be part of a network of like-minded, inspiring women who have/will face the same challenges that I myself may/have faced throughout my career;

• To spend some time having fun with other professional career women.

I would encourage any women from any role or background in the industry to give us a go, come along to our events and consider joining us on the Committee.


Lara Day

Lara Day, Events & Promotion  

Severn Trent Connect

A love of the industry first driven by a childhood spent at my Mother’s office, seeing her liaising and coordinating many gentleman at the Quarry she was based at, she always did this with ease, precision and elegancy, yet firm and most respected.

This introduced me to hardhats and high viz triggering my passion to want to work in some aspect with this sector although highly male orientated did not deter me, actually spurring me on to succeed in the environment using my skills, always willing to learn and to deliver the best in my field, to be confidential and trusted. I have a demonstrated history of working in the Residential, Commercial, Construction & Property sector since 1995 .

In my current professional role I am tasked with developing property and construction sector based businesses in Business Development, Project Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Sales , Event Management and Digital Strategy & Marketing.


NAWIC with its’ events, site visits and talks has allowed me this privilege and allowed many members to move closer to a greater understanding of the industry and therefore, I would gladly welcome along any new members to both the organisation and indeed the committee to ensure our future plans to bring our workplaces together, continue to come to fruition.

Joanne Kerry, Events & Promotion




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Elizabeth Beers, Events & Promotion  


Lizzie currently works for Delta-Simons in Birmingham and has over 12 years’ experience in environmental consultancy, comprising the majority of aspects relating to contaminated land and geotechnical site investigation, focusing primarily on contaminated land assessment for a variety of different client sectors. Lizzie is responsible for the management of projects ranging from desk studies, EIA and data collection through intrusive ground/site investigation and design to data interpretation, including Quantitative Risk Assessment, appraising potential development constraints and remedial validation. Lizzie has undertaken site investigation works on numerous Greenfield sites and Brownfield sites associated with a range of former industrial uses including gas works, former railway land, landfill sites, chemical works, operational industrial facilities and National Grid sites.




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Lisa BurnsLisa Burns, Secretary & Vice Treasurer

 WSP UK Limited

 I have been a member of NAWIC since April 2014 I am the NAWIC Midlands Secretary & Vice Treasurer. I joined NAWIC as I saw this as a great opportunity to network with other professional ladies in the Industry.

 The one thing that stood out to me when I attended my first meeting was the professionalism and strength of the support that other members gave to each other.

NAWIC doesn’t have to be just for the Technical side of the industry it can also be beneficial if you are a non-technical person like myself, I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge from being a member of NAWIC and working with such a great team on the committee just adds to the experience.


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