Chair – Glayne Price, LHC
Glayne is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and the Technical Delivery Director for LHC Architects. Having worked her way up from being a junior she completed her HNC in Building Studies whilst being mentored at work. She is particularly passionate about building design and in 2002 her efforts resulted in winning the business section of ‘Plymouth Women of Achievement’. This was a spring board for her career and in 2007 she was promoted to director, with specialist skills being design development and client & project management.
Glayne’s proudest moment was the opening by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall of the award winning £17m JCB Academy of which she had led the design delivery and on site processes over 6 years.
More recently, in 2016 the numerous project achievements were recognised when she was nominated and won The European Women in Construction & Engineering Awards ‘Best woman Architectural Technologist’ category.
Outside of work, field hockey is her passion, playing for Caradon Hockey Club (CHC) and Regional West Hockey over 45’s team – chosen from players in Cornwall up to Hampshire and Gloucestershire.
Vice Chair – Kate Mills, Ward Williams Associates
Kate has been a member of SWWIC for 10 years and during her tenure as Vice-Chair she will be supporting the Chair, Glayne Price of LHC Architects.
SWWIC is a professional network of women, working across the construction industry. They host a wide range of activities from site visits, presentations and informal networking. A primary aim of the organisation is to raise awareness of careers in construction and opportunities available to women in the industry.
One of their most recent events was a site visit to the new Plymouth History Centre, where WWA is providing Project Management services. This visit provided a behind the scenes look at how this landmark project is becoming a reality.
After gaining her degree at the University of Exeter, she work for many years in various sales and marketing roles with large FMCG companies before her return to the West Country in 2005. For Kate, working in the construction industry means no two days are ever the same. A bit like her support for SWWIC, as she provides the marketing and management of events!
Marketing and Events – Olivia Whiting, First Class Builders
Olivia is an Office Administrator for First Class Builders, based in Kingsteignton. Her job involves a range of activities, including; creating the CAD designs of customers bathrooms, website marketing liaison, email marketing campaign creator, process time sheets for the workforce, organise office meetings, liaise both with the website team, the install side of the business as well as aiding with various tasks. She has been through her apprenticeship and then followed on to recently graduating with a Foundation Degree in Business and am currently in the process of studying for her BA, part time at the University of Plymouth.
Treasurer – Debbie Langmead, Arcadis
Debbie has been part of the SWWIC committee for many years providing support and advice on events and marketing. Debbie is an Assistant Quantity Surveyor at Arcadis working on many exciting projects in the South West. Debbie will now become our Treasurer and is excited of all the events that we have planned over the next 18 months.
New Membership Coordinator – Cathryn Bishop,
Cathryn runs her own interior design business, Cornish Interiors. Born and brought up in Cornwall, after graduating with a BA (Hons) in Interior & Spatial Related Design, she spent several years working for various property developers before setting up her own business. Cathryn has also been appointed as Programme Leader for Plymouth College of Art’s new BA (Hons) Interior Decoration, Design and Styling degree.
Cathryn has designed boutique hotels, restaurants and private residences all over the world, as well as working with the National Trust and designing interiors for Plymouth landmarks such as The Glassblowing House and St Elizabeth’s House.
With over 15 years experience working in the industry, Cathryn, who grew up in St Kew, Cornwall, established Cornish Interiors in 2003, specialising in interior design and project management of any size and style of interior.
Cathryn looks after our rapidly growing group of new members, making sure you will always be greeted at your first event, and introduced to our very friendly members. Outside of work, Cathryn enjoys eating in nice restaurants, staying in posh hotels and generally gazing at luxury interiors!
Communications – Carla Wilkinson, Morgan Sindall
Carla joined the SWWIC Committee in January 2017 to support the team with marketing, social media and maintaining the web and blog sites.
Carla’s past work experience includes a HR Officer within Devonport Royal Dockyard (Babcock) for over 6 years before wanting to travel the world working as a stewardess on-board a multi million pound super yacht. After missing her hometown of Plymouth and many temporary positions, Carla found work with Morgan Sindall and 6 years on is still with the company. Carla runs the Marketing for the South West division and like Kate is on many other committee’s such as Constructing Excellence Plymouth and Chairwoman of Exeter Construction Group.
Carla hopes to bring a new social buzz to the committee and group and get involved in some exciting events for this year and beyond.
Thelma Sorensen, OBE
Thelma is a passionate campaigner for the construction led initiatives in the South West of England and supports SWWIC through her wide-ranging networks and connections in the south west (such as the CIOB, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Economic Forum, Cornwall Business Partnership and the Devon and Cornwall Business Council). She was awarded the OBE in 2010 in recognition of her contribution the economic regeneration of Cornwall.
Bernadette Parkinson – Plymouth Construction Training Group
Originally from Lancashire, Bernadette began her career in IT and marketing before joining the construction industry in the 1990s. She has been involved in many projects and innovative schemes to improve the image of the construction industry and the recruitment of women into the industry.
Emma Martin, Faithful + Gould
Emma has been a great supporter of SWWIC over the years as the Treasurer. Emma has now passed the role onto Debbie but will still lead an active role in helping to support SWWIC and the committee.