The Association of Women in Property (WiP) has announced its new South Wales Chairman for 2017/18. Nicola Jones, project manager at Gleeds, takes on the role from 1st March, for one year.
Nicola is a project manager based in the Gleeds Cardiff. Working across the health, heritage, education and manufacturing sectors, Nicola has been a member of WiP for four years and believes the group is integral in helping to promote diversity and address the industry-wide skills shortage.
“2017 is a milestone year for WiP, as it marks thirty years since the organisation was formed, originally as a networking group for women working in the property and construction sector. Since then, we have held over 8,000 events across the UK, promoting diversity and professional development, at every level.
“Hence, in the last ten years, over 600 members have undertaken our mentoring programme and over 700 undergraduates have participated in WiP’s National Student Awards, part of our education programme to encourage girls and young women to pursue a career in the industry. We run mid-career workshops and a boardroom series for those aspiring to top roles – WiP is very much about realising one’s potential and helping others to do the same.”
Simon Williams, director for Gleeds in Cardiff said:
“It’s fantastic to see Nicola announced as the South Wales Chairman for WiP. Having worked with Gleeds for six years on high profile projects such as the new Childrens Hospital for Wales and Hafan y Coed, I believe Nicola is well placed to drive WiP forward over the coming 12 months and wish her the very best of luck.”
In the South Wales area, recent WiP events include WiP Wednesday sponsored by Darwin Gray, Mums in Property Lunch, Concrete Society Lunch, LinkedIn & Social Media CPD, the majority of which are open to members and non-members, both men and women.