Celebrating Women in Construction Week

Celebrating Women in Construction Week is not just about recognising the incredible contributions of women in the construction industry...

It's about diving deep into the insights, lessons, and transformative advice from those who've carved their paths in the industry. 

This year, we're taking the opportunity to spotlight some of the amazing women in the APB community, sharing their journeys, challenges, triumphs, and the wisdom they've gathered along the way.

In this special blog post, we're bringing together the voices of these remarkable women to offer guidance, inspiration, and empowerment to others looking to make their mark in construction. 

Join us as we explore the diverse experiences of female leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are reshaping the landscape of the construction industry. Their advice is not just for women but for anyone seeking to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and successful future in construction. 



Assistant Manager, Stannard Family Homes.

What’s your biggest lesson learned in your role?

Working in the construction industry has taught me some invaluable lessons, and one of the biggest ones is the power of perseverance and resilience. I've come to understand that success often means pushing through challenges and learning from mistakes, especially in this field. By taking on various roles within the business, I've been able to broaden my expertise across areas like accounts, selections, recruitment, and HR, which has been incredibly rewarding. 

Another lesson I've embraced is the value of hands-on experience and a systematic approach to problem-solving, especially when hiring. Instead of letting challenges discourage me, I've learned to tackle them step by step, using trial and error to fine-tune solutions. 

But perhaps the most important lesson I've learned is the importance of tapping into the knowledge and expertise of those around me. Whether it's getting advice from seasoned colleagues, consulting with industry pros, or collaborating with tradespeople, I've found that teamwork and collaboration are essential for success in navigating the complexities of the industry. Building a network of trusted individuals who offer support and guidance has truly been a game-changer for me.

What’s your top piece of advice for women just entering the industry?

For women entering the construction industry, my advice would be to not take things personally. Embrace challenges and set backs as opportunities for growth. Additionally, continuously seek opportunities for learning and professional development to expand your knowledge and expertise.



Owner, MyHome Renovations.

What’s your biggest lesson learned in your role?

I oversee the administration and operations of our renovation company. The biggest lesson I have learnt over the years has been about understanding the 'moments that matter' in a homeowner's renovation journey.  Having the ability to put yourself in their shoes not only allows you to empathise with them but I also find I can take the 'builders-speak' out of the conversation which helps them to understand the situation better, boosting their trust in us.

What’s your top piece of advice for women just entering the industry?

My advice would be to not worry about being a woman.  Yes, the industry is very male dominated, but if you know your stuff and do your job well it really won't matter.



Director, Operations & Marketing, Mileham.

What’s your biggest lesson learned in your role?

The opportunity for women in construction is immense. Construction is so much more than being on the tools, working on reception, or working in STEM-based roles. The opportunity in EQ based roles – design, marketing, HR, business strategy, business management – is huge, and will only grow as the custom home building industry evolves further and becomes embedded in customer-centric service and product development. Any woman with an interest in these fields has a wonderful opportunity to jump onboard the early wave now and ride it to the top.     

What’s your top piece of advice for women just entering the industry?

Know that the value you have to offer the custom home building industry is greater than you may initially realise. More than an employee - you are actually also the industry’s primary target customer, and thus inherently hold the knowledge as to how best win and serve that customer. The home is ultimately the dominion of the woman, where they raise their children and build a family. It’s this intrinsic understanding of what a custom home building product and service needs, which makes women invaluable to the industry and – I believe – its greatest untapped resource.   


Founder and Operations Manager, Top Build Queensland.
International Best Selling Author.

What’s your biggest lesson learned in your role

A significant lesson in business is the importance of adaptability and resilience, accepting any failures or mistakes as opportunities for growth. In the multi-faceted landscape and dynamics of the building and construction industry, unforeseen challenges, changes in market conditions, and technological advancements constantly occur. Those who can adapt quickly to these changes and remain resilient in the face of adversity are often the ones who thrive in the long run.  A note I have above my desk and I look at it every day “Grit will beat natural talent 99% of the time”.

What’s your top piece of advice for women just entering the industry?

My top piece of advice for women entering the building and construction industry is to cultivate confidence in your skills and knowledge by simply “just having a go”, be fearless! It's essential to believe in yourself and your abilities, especially as it is a male-dominated field. Seek out mentors and allies who can support you, continue to educate yourself and don't be afraid to assert yourself and make your voice heard.  Continuously seek opportunities for learning and skill development too.   Your unique perspective and contributions are valuable assets to the building and construction industry.