Lindsay Richards, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) new head of school of architecture, built & natural environment wants to encourage more women to take up careers in construction.
Richards has worked in a variety of construction centres and wants to use her training and education skills to help drive greater equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the industry.
On the construction industry, Richards said: “The construction industry is dynamic, exciting and rewarding, and incredibly addictive. There aren’t many industries that can offer the diversity of the construction industry, with the range of professions and roles offered.”
When Richards qualified in the 1980s, there were only 2 per cent of females studying quantity surveying in the UK.
“Disappointingly, the number has not risen significantly. At the present time under 10 per cent of females represent the construction Industry. It is a focus of mine to try and increase that statistic."
She said her vision is to make UWTSD the number one provider of construction courses in Wales
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