Cardiff-based Lovell quantity surveyor shortlisted for Women in Construction and Engineering awards

23rd, March

Catherine Evans, who works for Cardiff-based partnership housing developer Lovell and lives near Pontypridd, has been named a finalist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards 2017.

WomenCatherine Evans, who works for Cardiff-based partnership housing developer Lovell and lives near Pontypridd, has been named a finalist in the European Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards 2017.

Senior estimator Catherine is in the running for the title of Best Woman Quantity Surveyor in the awards which honour outstanding women working in the industry. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in London on 24 May.

Lovell regional managing director Kate Rees, who nominated Catherine, says: “Catherine’s exceptional commercial skills and technical expertise have been instrumental in building the Lovell business over the past 17 years, helping us become one of the region’s foremost partnership housing developers. She is a key member of our team and an inspiring role model for anyone hoping to work in the industry. I couldn’t be more pleased that the WICE Awards judges have selected her as a finalist.  During her 28-year career, Catherine has also displayed tremendous personal resilience, starting her training in an era when women on construction sites were a rarity, overcoming serious illness to continue in her profession and combining a demanding job with family life as a single parent.

“At a time of construction skills shortages, women remain under-represented in our industry as a whole, so there’s real pressure on us all to ensure we make the most of this particular talent pool. Lovell has a range of initiatives under way to attract more women into the sector, including highlighting the success of high-achieving professionals such as Catherine. She is a fantastic example to girls and young women considering a construction career.”

Catherine originally turned her back on a career in hairdressing to join the construction business, starting as a trainee surveyor with a local construction firm in 1989. Having successfully dealt with the challenges involved in frequently being the only woman on site (and the lone female student on her BSc course in Quantity Surveying), she rose swiftly through the ranks to become a senior quantity surveyor. During her early career, she worked on major new-build schemes, including the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Cardiff Motor Point Arena and the Cardiff International Hotel, before joining Lovell in 2000.

As regional buyer with Lovell, she led a six-strong buying and administrative team responsible for procuring all materials and services. After having her second child, Catherine had to take a further period of absence because of cancer, returning in 2005 as senior estimator. She has contributed to some of Lovell’s most successful projects, including the award-winning housing development on the Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital site.

Catherine says: “I’m delighted to be shortlisted in the WICE Awards. I’ve never set out to be an ambassador for women in the industry. I’ve always believed the best approach is simply to get on with the job in hand and demonstrate my knowledge and expertise. By doing so, I know I’ve changed attitudes. My experience certainly shows that a woman can progress her career in this industry and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.”

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