We are thrilled to celebrate four fantastic Beca women, recognised at this year’s National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards, held at Te Papa in Wellington on 1 July.

NAWIC brings together women from across the construction industry, and gives them a space to share experiences, connect and learn from one another. The Excellence Awards, for which NAWIC is partnered with Naylor Love Construction, are an important way to work towards bridging the gender gap in the New Zealand construction industry, and to create somewhere for women to be acknowledged and celebrated in a variety of different award categories.  

These categories include the Rising Star category, celebrating women who demonstrate great potential in the construction industry on site – and for which Beca’s Nalini Gounder took out the top prize! This amazing achievement recognizes Nalini’s innate talent and leadership ability, demonstrated multiple times over the course of her past five years’ working as an electrical engineer, and her dedication to the Beca Pasifika network and inclusion within the industry. 

Also in the Rising Star category, we had Tayler Hubber-Davis, who was awarded highly commended. In Tayler’s four years as a digital engineer she has demonstrated great capacity to tackle technological challenges with drive, determination and commitment to invest in her career.  

In the Outstanding Leader of the Year category, which acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution to their chosen field or profession, our own Jaclyn Pow was highly commended. Jaclyn’s work as a section manager for one of our busiest teams in the Buildings group, and her skill as a senior associate and mechanical engineer has added immense value to our business.  

And last but most certainly not least, Beca’s Renée Young was one of three finalists for the prestigious Helen Tippett Award, that gives recognition to women who are actively promoting the participation of women in the construction and related industries and encouraging their progression.  

Huge kudos and congratulations to these amazing women for their recognition at the awards, and significant contributions to Beca, and to all the other incredible winners, finalists and nominees from across the sector.  

About NAWIC 

NAWIC is a voluntary, non-profit association of women who work either in the construction industry or for business organisations who provide services to the construction industry.  For more on NAWIC and the Excellence Awards, visit - www.nawic.org.nz/nawic-excellence-awards  

See also July 2022