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Wise Women receive awards

Paula McMahon and Princess Anne

Two successful women working in construction were recently congratulated by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, after being announced as finalists in the Women in Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE) Excellence Awards.

Fiona Hull, senior quantity surveyor at Westoak Construction of Altrincham, and Paula McMahon, a civil engineer at McMahon Engineering & Construction of Stockton on Tees, were recognised for their work promoting construction careers in schools – and being effective role models for young women in particular.

Paula and Fiona are part of a network of Construction Ambassadors recruited by ConstructionSkills to work closely with our regionally-based recruitment and careers teams. They provide insights into the different career paths on offer in the industry and share their experiences about the benefits of working in construction.

The awards evening was hosted by Kate Bellingham, of Tomorrow’s World, and Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, patron of WISE, handed out the awards.

The WISE Campaign promotes science, engineering, technology and construction as a valuable and interesting career option to young women and encourages women engineers and scientists to stay in the profession. ConstructionSkills won the Investor in WISE award two years ago.

For more information about WISE and how to get involved please visit

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