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2019 Women in Civil Committee

Civil Contractors Federation SA


Carly Zanini – Chairperson

Alexander Symonds, Business Relationship Manager

I have been in the construction industry for over 11 years and I am the Business Relationship Manager at surveying company, Alexander Symonds. My role involves building and maintaining connections with clients and industry bodies, optimising business processes, as well as undertaking marketing and strategic initiatives. My skill set is both creative and technical, allowing me to ‘think outside the box’. I have a degree in Interior Architecture and have held roles varying from Estimating to Business Development to Digital Engineering. I am the Chairperson of the Women in Civil Committee and very passionate about the involvement of women in the construction (and associated) industries. I am involved with many South Australian councils and committees related to supporting and encouraging women in this industry. I am passionate about creating awareness around the range of career opportunities available and encouraging students to find out more about the pathways they can take to a career in construction.

To find out more about Carly, click here to connect with her on LinkedIn 



Alison Paley – Vice-Chairperson and Secretary

Senior Project Administrator / Office Manager at Coleman Rail

My name is Alison and I’ve been working in the civil construction industry for over 10 years. I’m thrilled to be a part of the CCF SA Women in Civil Committee and be able to help provide a voice to the strong and dedicated women in the civil construction industry who are still under represented in our field that we’re all passionate about.

To find out more about Alison, click here to connect with her on LinkedIn


Julie Hill – Communications

 CB&S Civil Pty Ltd – Office Manager

My name is Julie and I manage administration within CB&S Civil, a successful company proudly built by our family since its inception in 2007. I joined the Women in Civil Committee in 2014 after being encouraged to offer my perspective as a woman working together with family in the civil industry. It has been a rewarding experience that has boosted my confidence and forged new professional relationships. I am excited by the energy and enthusiasm of the current committee and look forward to implementing new initiatives during 2019 to raise the profile of women working in civil and provide them with valuable support. My vision is for the promotion of civil industry careers to young females via school visits and career forums.



Kate Traeger – Committee Member

 McMahon Services – Divisional Administrator-Civil Engineering Group

My Name is Kate Traeger and I am the Divisional Administrator for the Civil Engineering Group within McMahon Services, a family owned company who have been providing diverse construction services since 1990.

I joined the Women in Civil committee in 2016 with the goals to raise the profiles of women within the industry and to provide an environment of support for women, whilst encouraging them to join and remain within the SA civil construction industry.

In 2019 I endeavour to continue my support to raise the profiles of women within the industry, and I would also like to increase the CCF hosted networking events, open days and come and try days.

To find out more about Kate, click here to connect with her on LinkedIn


Joanna Thornton – Membership/Recruitment

Team Manager, Hays Trades and Labour

My name is Jo, I joined the Hays Adelaide office in 2011 from the UK where I had worked as a BDM for global organisations operating across Sugar and Oil refineries. I developed my career with Hays across several of our business units, including banking, mining, manufacturing and logistics. I now lead a team of consultants that specialise in Resources & Mining, Oil & Gas, Construction and Civil Trades.

I’m passionate about fostering strong relationships within industry and partnering with organisations to achieve their goals. I believe diversity is vital and not only creates a workforce that represents the community but also enriches views, perspectives and stimulates commercial outcomes. I joined the Women in Civil Committee in 2018, my goal in the committee in 2019 is to understand needs, drive engagement of our members and ensure you understand the support available from the CCF SA Women In Civil.

To find out more about Joanna, click here to connect with her on Linkedin


Janet Kirton – Research

Account Manager, Protech

My name is Janet and my career has been in the recruitment industry for over 20 years, with a focus in the past 5 on mining and construction. I have worked with large organisations and small businesses and have witnessed a change in the industry to be more diverse in hiring practices. I recently joined the Women in Civil Committee to be an active participant for these changes. I am excited to be part of this evolving Committee, who are dedicated to the engagement of more women in the Civil industry through education and involvement from organisations.

To find out more about Janet, click here to connect with her on Linkedin


Sally Faraguna – Events and Education

 CPB Contractors, HR Lead South Australia


My name is Sally and I am a Human Resources professional with experience in the areas of talent management, organisational development, diversity & social inclusion, employee relations and engagement.  My background is in the mining, construction and engineering sectors on high profile projects, most recently completing the $800m Torrens to Torrens Project and prior to that the $1.85b new Royal Adelaide Hospital Project.  With a passion for people I strive to get the best people for the job, provide the best opportunities for people, operate in people’s best interests, and help people achieve their best.  My aim as part of the Women in Civil Committee is to build on my current network and develop new relationships across the industry to work to improve women’s participation and capability in the construction industry in SA, linking women to jobs and training opportunities that generate sustainable career paths and bridge the gender gap in construction.

To find out more about Sally, click here to connect with her on Linkedin


Robyn Murdey – Events and Education

Bardavcol Pty Ltd, Marketing and Development Manager

My name is Robyn Murdey and I have worked for South Australian owned Civil Engineering company Bardavcol for 20 years, initially part time to work in with my young family. My roles with Bardavcol have been varied from reception, accounts, workshop assistant, site clerk through to payroll, office / IT manager, marketing and tendering. 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 or engineering. I am passionate about the Women in Civil Committee and the support, education and networking opportunities that it offers to all females in the civil construction industry, no matter their role!

To find out more about Robyn, click here to connect with her on Linkedin


Suzi Ivey – Events and Education

League Engineering, Project Labour Hire

My name is Suzi Ivey and I have worked in the construction industry for 8 years. I have been fortunate enough to have worked on many large construction projects around the country and my focus now is to share my passion regarding Well-being.  Well-being is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction – who doesn’t want that?

The pursuit of well-being is important as it helps us in all aspects of our lives.  Our industry can be quite challenging some days, so I am enjoying the opportunity to be part of a warm community like the Women in Civil Committee.  Let’s celebrate women in construction and galvanise the message that any woman (no matter what background) can be a part of this incredibly rewarding industry.

To find out more about Suzi, click here to connect with her on Linkedin


Civil Contractors Federation (CCF SA) is an industry association that promotes, protects and represents companies and other organisations with business interest in civil (construction) contracting. The CCF SA helps its Members obtain more work, work more effectively and make more money.