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Natasha Hemmerling – CHAIRPERSON & events lead
Partner of Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers

I have been involved with the construction industry for over 20 years practising as a lawyer and specialising in building and construction law. I am a partner at Clarke Hemmerling Lawyers and act for both builders and subcontractors on construction projects Australia wide. I chaired the board of a South Australian Industry Association for over 10 years that represents subcontractors in the plumbing industry in South Australia and I was a board member of the Construction Industry Training Board for 6 years. I am currently board observer for associate members on the board of the Civil Contractors Federation SA. 

The construction industry is one of the last industries to frontier an increase of women so I am passionate about assisting educate and promote change to this statistic by ensuring that gender diversity strategies and targets are set and translated into action and that the barriers for entry into the industry for women are overcome. I joined the Women in Civil Committee because I want to help promote women in the construction industry . Having won the CCF SA Women in Civil Award in 2023 I am excited to be part of a progressive Committee who are dedicated to the engagement of more women in the civil sector through education, raising of female profiles and provision of a supportive environment to assist achieve this.

To find out more about Natasha, Connect with her on LinkedIn

Jemma Bishop - vice chair, communications & events
General Manager - west coast bitumen

Hi, I’m Jemma – I’m the General Manager at West Coast Bitumen, which is a family owned Bitumen Services business based in Port Lincoln.

I have been working in the Civil Construction Industry for 20 years and have been involved in all facets of the business from Administration to Measuring & Estimating, Business Development, Contract Management  and even a few stints on a Roller. I am excited to be the first Regional representative on the Women in Civil Committee.

I look forward to bringing a Regional perspective to issues facing Women in the Civil Construction Industry as well as being able to provide the Women working in the Industry, in my region, with the support, networking opportunities and advocacy that the CCF / Women in Civil Committee provides.

RObyn Dredge - eduction
General manager corporate service - bardavcol pty ltd

My name is Robyn Dredge and I have worked for South Australian owned Civil Engineering company Bardavcol for over 23 years, initially part time to work in with my young family. 

I have progressed through all aspects of administration traversing reception, accounts, workshop assistant, site clerk through to my current role which includes payroll, IT management, RTW, marketing, tender submission coordinator and website/intranet creator and the management of all administration and finance/accounts personnel.

I love the diversity and evolution of the industry and it has been encouraging to see an increase in opportunities for females whether it be operating plant, working on the tools, manual labouring, traffic control, surveying, engineering or administration support/management.

I am passionate about the Women in Civil Committee and their desire to support and empower women in their quest for diversity and advancement of all aspects of the civil construction industry.

Michelle Grose – research lead, communications

I have been working in surveying for over 30 years, with the first half of my career in mining and tunnelling. My career has taken me all over Australia, having worked in remote areas of SA, NSW and Queensland and on many major infrastructure and transport projects in the cities in SA, NSW and Victoria. A couple of local projects in my CV include the Crafers to Adelaide tunnels, the Northern Expressway, the Adelaide desalination plant and more recently the Darlington Upgrade Project. Studying and working in surveying has taken me overseas to New Zealand and Germany as well.

I value the empathy and understanding I bring to the teams I work with, as I believe our mental health and well-being is an important element of a healthy, productive team.

From staring underground in Olympic Dam in the early 90s through to today, I have seen an increase in numbers from one or two females on site to only a dozen or so. I don’t believe the increase is enough and would love to help spread the word that women can do anything they want to in the construction industry. I’ve seen women excel in many roles and feedback has always been positive. I hear many companies communicate their commitment to have more women in leadership roles and I welcome this move.

To find out more about Michelle, Connect with her on LinkedIn

Tammy Cooper - SECRETARY & research
Safety coordinator - bmd group

I have been in the civil construction industry for over 15 years. Firstly, in a practical application sense as a Labourer then Leading Hand and now as a Safety Advisor, I have developed insight and a comprehensive understanding of construction safety from the ground up.

Leading a team of safety representatives, I work to ensure our project teams are following stringent safety conditions and mitigate challenges to keep our people safe. I consider the success of a project as something that’s measured by the safety culture onsite. Working at BMD, our safety culture is something which we are extremely proud of.

I have witnessed the evolution of diversity within the industry over my career where I have gone from being one of the only women onsite, to now one of many. While our industry continues to make positive and progressive steps to become more diverse, there is certainly a lot more than can be done. In addition to encouraging more women to our industry, I also feel a great responsibility to ensure those that are in it always feel supported. It is for this reason that I became part of the Civil Contractors Federation Women in Civil committee and I am proud to be working towards delivering improvements for women in the industry, from workers on the ground to leadership and management representatives.

Connect with Tammy on LinkedIn

BRITTANY MATTERS - events lead

I'm Brittany and I am the Divisional Administrator for Ballestrin Construction Services, a concrete construction and remediation services company that has been providing concrete solutions to the construction industry in SA for more than 50 years. 

I joined the committee in 2021 after attending a couple of events and becoming inspired to support and empower women in our industry.

I'm hoping to use my place on the committee to provide opportunities for better female representation in our industry, both on site and in leadership roles. I believe with more women in the industry, we can change the current perceptions and make it a more inviting environment for women looking to enter the workforce. 

To find out more about me, connect with me on my LinkedIn.

Evonne penrose - education
trainee safety advisor - bmd group

I first entered the civil construction industry in 2019 joining BMD as a Labourer as part of a pre-release program run by Adelaide Women’s Prison. During my first 12 months of work in the industry I took every opportunity to upskill and I have obtained formal qualifications in my Certificate II and Certificate III in Civil Construction and tickets including roller, excavator, working at heights, confined spaces, forklift, traffic management, asbestos removal, and chainsaw operation.

During my time onsite delivering projects across South Australia for BMD, I found my passion for safety and am very proud to now be in a role where I can lead by example and motivate crews to operate safely in all that they do.

Having truly faced adversity and worked extremely hard to turn my life around, I believe it is my duty to help others to do the same. I feel very fortunate to have found myself a career in construction and as part of the Civil Contractors Federation Women in Civil committee I am hoping to play a part in helping people join this fantastic industry. I look forward to being able to provide my perspective to issues women face and inspire more young women to build a rewarding career onsite.

Connect with Evonne on LinkedIn

REBECCA PICKERING – Committee member

Hi I’m Bec, I support the Women in Civil super stars as the CEO of Civil Contractors Federation SA and Executive Director Civil Apprenticeships and Careers Ltd.

My role involves ensuring CCF SA allocates its resources and influence to facilitate the initiatives proposed by the committee. This includes providing human resources to support meetings, programs, events, and communication plans, as well as profit and loss reports and budgeting, whilst also providing for two-way feedback between the committee and CCF SA. The Women in Civil Committee holds great importance to CCF SA and is recognized with a formal governance structure directly linked to the CCF SA Board.

On a personal note, I have worked in the infrastructure industry for over 25 years, my advocacy lies in nurturing an unapologetic culture that celebrates individuality, promotes inclusivity, and precludes all forms of prejudice and bias. We have the potential to cultivate a truly diverse and inspiring civil sector, where everyone is valued and empowered. I believe that only through mutual respect and acceptance can we realise this vision, leading to the collective success of all.

Jude allchurch - treasurer & education lead
client engagement/office manager - workzone traffic control

Hi there, I’m Jude Allchurch and I am a Client Engagement/Office Manager for Workzone Traffic Control.  I have been with the company for almost 4 years.  Who knew that Traffic Management could be so interesting and now a career move. I like to think of myself as a problem solver, mentor and definitely have a ‘can do’ attitude.  In a previous life I have owned and operated my own Conveyor Engineering company.

I wanted to join the Women in Civil Committee to not only be surrounded by strong, positive women but also to influence younger women, via my connection with the Education Subcommittee, who are thinking about entering the civil industry.  Women have a strong role to play and need to be convinced that management positions can be theirs.

Lauren Campbell - events
account executive - gallagher

Hi my name is Lauren, and I work for Gallagher Insurance Brokers as an Account Executive. I’ve been at Gallagher for 9 years now and have specialised in the Civil and Heavy Transport industries .

Since I started I’ve built a solid foundation of knowledge around the industries and am always amazed with the women who are involved.

I Joined the Women in Civil Committee in 2023 as I felt it was a great way to connect and promote the women in the civil industry.

Amanda Beare - events
Lad access and stakeholder engagement coordinator - fulton hogan

My name is Amanda Beare and I work for Fulton Hogan as a Land Access and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator. I have worked in the construction industry for 7 years, during this time I have been fortunate to have some amazing Women as mentors. 

I joined the women in civil committee to support their ambitions of improving female representation in the construction industry, and contributing to making the industry more inclusive for all.

As a proud Narungga and Kaurna woman I am very passionate about Aboriginal employment and training with a strong focus on engaging Aboriginal women to join the civil industry. Mentoring and helping others comes naturally to me as I enjoy seeing other people achieve their goals and do their best.

I enjoy developing supportive networks to promote career development through knowledge sharing. I believe knowledge sharing and storytelling are powerful tools that we all have access too. I am excited about how we can shape the future for all women in the civil construction industry!

Jehan Majrouh - Communications lead
nationaL marketing coordinator - before you dig australia

Hello there! I’m Jehan, and I’ve had the opportunity of working in multiple industries throughout my career, including IT, distribution, B2B, B2C, wholesale, and retail, to name a few. However, it’s marketing and digital communications that genuinely excite me. Crafting compelling content and delivering outstanding user experiences through effective marketing strategies is a true passion of mine.

I joined Before You Dig Australia (BYDA) not long before they underwent a national transition from state Dial Before You Dig organisations to a unified national entity.

Working with BYDA has allowed me to work in the construction and infrastructure industry, which I’ve always wanted to do. I am incredibly passionate about the industry and excited to see where this journey takes me.

By joining Women in Civil, I hope to support and inspire other women working in the industry and those considering it. With my knowledge and passion, I aim to impact the world of construction and infrastructure positively.

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