The Inspire Awards

The Inspire Awards

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Message from the organisers

The Inspire Awards has been launched off the back of our first venture, the Inspire Summit: Women in UK Construction, Engineering & Housing last Sep which was a huge success and the awards very much fill the gap left behind by the Women in Construction Awards (Manchester) which of course now no longer exist.

Unlike the Inspire Summit & WIC Awards, and responding to feedback from various key partners & supporters, we have extended the focus of awards to the wider EDI agenda.  Ultimately no matter what our differences no one should be excluded from fulfilling their potential and embracing & appealing to a more diverse spectrum of people has been widely identified as a key factor in combatting the skills crisis facing the sector. 

The purpose of the awards is to help inspire a more diverse and inclusive culture in the industry by celebrating those who are leading the way.

There is still time to get an entry in and we would welcome your support for the awards, especially in their inaugural year - which we feel have a strong place in the sector and serve an extremely worthwhile purpose.

You can view the categories and enter for free online at 

Final deadline for entries is Wednesday 11th April.

The  judges involved:

Chris Keast FCIOB – Chair of  The Diversity Special Interest Group, CIOB
Vanessa Howell – Head of Professional Standards, CIH
Tony Ginda - Membership Development Director, CABE
Barry Cullen - Diversity & Inclusion Director, RICS
Carol Lynch – Chief Executive, Construction Youth Trust
Harish Bhayani – Senior Partner, PRM Diversity Consultants
Raj Patel - Chief Executive, Housing Diversity Network
Kate Myers - Head of Skills and Employment, HS2
Peter Finegold - Head of Education Policy, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Livia Williams -  Co-Founder, Women in Roofing
Maria Coulter - Construction Coach & regional chair of the Construction Industry Council
Sharon Slinger - Director of Constructing Rainbows & co-founder of STEER Support & Mentoring CIC
Brian Berry - Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
Christina Riley -  Balfour Beatty Senior Planner and LGBT Network Co Chair 
Kathryn Lennon-Johnson - Founder & Director of Built Environment Skills in Schools