Two women at the forefront of Queensland’s residential building industry have had their leadership recognised by Housing Industry Association.

HIA Executive Director Warwick Temby said “HIA was keen to demonstrate that women are operating in leadership roles in what is still a very male dominated industry.

“The industry must do everything it can to encourage women into the industry at all levels to ensure that there is an adequate supply of skills to meet the future demand for housing in the State.

“Queensland simply cannot afford to ignore the contribution that half of the population can make to the ongoing health of the industry and its contribution to the economy.

“Ruiwen Kong B.Eng, M.Eng was the inaugural recipient of the Recognition of Outstanding Achievement” Mr Temby announced.

In nominating Ruiwen for this recognition, her employer Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia, lauded her unique technical qualifications in materials engineering as well as her versatility from being seen onsite for concrete pours, providing technical advice to architects and builders about the application of concrete, though to lecturing at university. Ruiwen well liked and respected by many in the building and construction industry.

Sue Dewar nominated by Lend Lease Communities (Australia) was recognised for Achievement in Building Solutions. Sue developed a new approach to producing consistent, quality outcomes to developing sloping land that benefits builders, their customers and the developer. This design manual has now been adopted nationally by Lend Lease.

(Via HIA Queensland)