National Federation of Builders – Shortlist of The Most Influential Women in Construction 2023

HSE People is proud that two of our Champions have been shortlisted in the National Federation of Builders ‘Top 100 Influential Women in Construction’ awards.

Carly Hughes and Jenny Darlington have been shortlisted for ‘Local Hero – Eastern’ and ‘Local Hero – North West’ respectively.

The overall list and the category winners will be announced during an exclusive event, on 4 October 2022 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham.

Carly Hughes – Health & Safety Consultant, 

“I am humbled and honoured to announce that my entry has been shortlisted for the Top 100 Women in Construction Awards, for ‘Local Hero – Eastern’.

As a passionate and dedicated health and safety practitioner in the construction industry, this recognition means the world to me. Throughout my career since starting in health and safety at 18 years old, I have strived to break barriers and pave the way for other females in this male-dominated field and will continue to do so.

Being among such accomplished women in construction is both inspiring and motivating. Together, we can continue to shape a more inclusive and diverse future for construction.

I look forward to the awards ceremony and the opportunity to meet with other females and allies within the construction sector.”

Jenny Darlington – Principal H&S Consultant, WSP

“I have worked in the construction industry for nearly 30 years since the age of 16 starting as an admin assistant however I have now progressed to being a Principal Health and Safety Consultant for one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firm WSP.

Having started and continue my career in a very male dominated industry, I have certainly not found this an easy path!  As a young woman, I experienced male bosses telling me I wasn’t good enough, needed to prove myself to be treated as equal to male colleagues and held back from positions I was more than qualified for.

This made me more determined to succeed and inspire, encourage and champion other women starting in the industry out not to face the same challenges.

I devote a lot of my spare time to volunteer for organisations such as HSE People as a Safety Champion, my local church and my daughters Scout group as a safety advisor for any projects they have, I am a mentor for a young woman starting out in her career, I have signed up to be a mentor for The Girls Network and I am also a Lancashire Occupational Health and Safety Group as an Executive Committee Member and Trustee for their Charity. 

Health and Safety in construction is not just a job for me, it’s my passion and I’m very proud to have been recognised in these awards because of it.”