Mandy, who lives in Aberdare, has a multi-million pound property portfolio and is well known in Wales and the UK for encouraging women to enter the property and construction sectors.
The Association of Women in Property (WiP) is a UK wide organisation which has been supporting women working in the property and construction sector for nearly 30 years, promoting networking, mentoring and professional development.
Women still represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce. WiP is working with businesses and other industry organisations to help redress this balance. The organisation holds more than 300 events in the UK every year.
Mandy has been a member of Women in Property (WiP) for three years and her year in the leading role in South Wales began at the annual general meeting held at Tiger Tiger in Cardiff last night (February 24).
Mandy said: “This year I look forward to continuing to support our members and to encourage and help grow our young talent for the future.
“I’m also keen to promote our road shows and to provide and promote a range of professional events useful for those in property and construction disciplines, as well as entrepreneurs and SMEs.”
In South Wales, Mandy and her fellow members will continue to be active in visiting schools and colleges throughout the year.
“Our visits aim to promote and give young people an understanding of what careers are available for women in the property and construction industry. We will attend career fayres and ‘Meet the Professional’ days,” Mandy said.
An annual highlight for WiP is its national students awards programme which last year involved 48 universities and 96 students throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Last year’s winner of the National Student Awards 2015 was Angharad (Harri) John, studying real estate management at Oxford Brookes University who beat ten other young women to take the top prize.
So high was the standard the judges decided made a second award, of Highly Commended, to BSc City and Regional Planning student, Rhiannon Jones, who was studying at the University of Cardiff.
Women in Property are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the students awards this year. The winner from Wales will be announced on 1st June, at the Wales Millenium Centre and she will go forward to the UK award ceremony in London.
Mandy bought her first property as a teenager herself but went on to enjoy a long career in training and development for local government and several law firms before making property her business 16 years ago.
Today she’s a qualified mentor and holds a post graduate certificate in Mentoring for Entrepreneurial Practice, a qualification aimed specifically at upskilling and empowering women in non-traditional sectors.