Kath received the award in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the construction industry.
As well as the work she has done to promote women within the UK construction industry, and encourage contractors to offer opportunities to women in their businesses, the MBE also recognises Kath’s work for the charity Positive Women. In 2013/14, she took four female carpenters from London to Swaziland to teach HIV-positive women carpentry, enabling the Swazi women to gain the skills needed to make items to sell; including benches, tables and coffins; allowing them to set up their own businesses and become financially independent.
Kath said: “I feel very honoured to receive this award. But it isn’t just for me. It’s for the wonderful WIC staff team who support our trainees so well, the amazing contractors and clients working with us who feel passionately about increasing gender diversity in construction, the CITB who have sponsored us and continue to believe in the importance of the work we are doing, and of course, the wonderful women we place within the industry.
It’s particularly timely to receive this recognition in 2018 as we celebrate 100 years since the first women gained the vote in the UK.”
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