WIN Canterbury: NAWIC & WINZ Breakfast Speaker Event

Christchurch

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Event Details

We are pleased to announce NAWIC (Canterbury chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction) and WIN (Canterbury chapter of Women in Infrastructure) are joining forces again for this event. Our organisations have similar missions - to support women working in our industries and to champion each other. The event is a breakfast function with guest speakers.

We will have a series of questions for the panelists to answer regarding their careers, journey to leadership and advice for others. The intention will be that this will be an informal discussion between panelists and attendees.

Join us to hear from 4 inspirational women from the public and infrastructure industries, Helen Beaumont (Christchurch City Council), Sarah Williamson (Antarctica New Zealand), Kelly Churchill (Fulton Hogan) and Jaclyn Pow (Beca) who will share their career stories and learning and provides insights into pathways to leadership. This event is also a fantastic opportunity to expand your network and make new contacts across different sectors. 

Breakfast will be provided with thanks to the event sponsor Anderson Lloyd.


Presenter Details

Helen Beaumont – Head of 3 Water Christchurch City Council 

I am an environmental chemist by training. My early career was with DSIR and then ESR, a Crown Research Institute. I began in basic and applied research and then moved into the commercial laboratory arm, applying science in the marketplace. I then moved into policy work and had the privilege of working as Assistant Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for seven years. I was appointed to the Environment Court in 2007 and served a five year term as a Commissioner. 

I moved to Christchurch following the earthquakes, attracted by the exciting job of re-building a city. I have worked for the Council since 2013 starting in the policy and planning group and moving to my current role as Head of Three Waters in May 2019.


Sarah Williamson – Chief Executive Antarctica New Zealand 

Sarah Williamson is the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand, responsible for developing, managing, and executing New Zealand's activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. She has overseen the introduction of the biggest ever Antarctic science research platform and has led the securing of funding and project establishment for the Scott Base Redevelopment project.

Prior to joining Antarctica New Zealand, Sarah was employed as Group General Manager Business Performance at Air New Zealand and which followed a range of executive roles spanning 19 years with the Airline.  Sarah led the Regional Airlines Group to successfully double the size of the network, and was the first woman to hold an Airline Operators Certificate with CAA.  Sarah’s roles with the Airline also encompassed leading sales, supply chain, change, innovation and property divisions.  Prior to working for Air New Zealand, Sarah held senior roles in banking and Human Resources consulting.

Sarah holds a MSc in Psychology, and has attended both Harvard and INSEAD as part of the International Women’s Foundation Fellowship course. 


Kelly Churchill – Maintenance Procurement and Performance Manager, Fulton Hogan

Kelly is a qualified land surveyor, however she has been working in Engineering roles for 20 years and took an alternative route to becoming a chartered engineer in 2011. After 2 years working as a surveyor in a gold mine, Kelly spent the next 12 years working in consulting, before moving into construction 6 years ago with Fulton Hogan. She now has a role as their National Establishment and Performance Manager, working across their roading and water maintenance business to ensure contracts are set up well and perform at their highest level. 

Kelly won the Professional Woman of The Year Award (Office based) at the 2021 NAWIC Excellence Awards.

When Kelly is not at work, she has two daughters that she runs after and likes to squeeze in a game of golf when time and weather allows!


Jaclyn Pow – Manager Southern Building Services at Beca

A mechanical engineer by background, Jaclyn joined Beca as a graduate in 2003 and now manages the Southern Building Services team. Based in the Christchurch office, Jaclyn manages a team of forty engineers and designers located around the South Island.  Jaclyn’s team is currently delivering the design of the New Dunedin Hospital project, the largest single hospital project ever undertaken in New Zealand.

Jaclyn has been responsible for the Building Services design of key projects including the University of Canterbury Engineering School Redevelopment, and numerous secondary school redevelopment projects since the Canterbury Earthquakes.

Jaclyn serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury and was recently awarded Highly Commended in the Outstanding Leader of Year (Office Based ) category at the NAWIC Excellence Awards.


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