Women in the Livery

This year’s International Women’s Day is of added importance. I was honoured to witness Melanie Hampton become only the second female Master of The Worshipful Company of Paviors in the institution’s 748-year history.

Like every woman, she has faced challenges and tribulations in her rise to the top, and her appointment marks an exciting opportunity for this organisation and for the entire status quo of our sector.

Over the last few days, I have been proud to reflect on Melanie’s story and the impact she has made. I also want to celebrate all of the inspirational women who continue to fight against the obstacles we still face on a daily basis.

The construction industry, in particular, is crying out for not only more women to join but for better representation across all levels of business. With skills shortages continuing to grow, now is the time that we must recognise that there are success stories waiting to happen in every corner of this sector, and we must continue to inspire and shine a light on the importance of better representing our communities as a whole.

At FM Conway, I am committed to creating an environment that does exactly that. Our business has now cultivated a network of women who support each other to grow and thrive. Every year, we hold female-focused events and continuously introduce more initiatives that better attract, develop and promote women. I am proud to say we have been making a real difference, but I know there is still so much to be done.

Every day, women are breaking down barriers in this industry. Although Melanie marks such an important point in the Paviors’ history, we must work together to follow her lead and ensure that our industry continues to push forward to become truly inclusive of each and every person in our society.

Joanne Conway
Executive Group Chair & CEO
FM Conway