SNIPEF celebrates International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

Today SNIPEF celebrates International Women’s Day, and it is a topic close to our organisation, as we are proud to say that 74% of our organisation is female.

To raise awareness of International Women’s Day, and how important it is to our industry, we are pleased to introduce you to a female employee of a SNIPEF Member company and two female SNIPEF employees, We hope that by sharing what they do in the industry, and their experience, it will bring greater awareness to the wealth of opportunities for women in our sector.

Safety Certification Engineer

Monique Lyall, Safety Certification Engineer at SNIPEF Member Celsius Plumbing and Heating. She loves the technical aspect of her role and helping to ensure people receive some of their fundamental needs; safety, warmth and water. The thing that she is most proud of about her job is that “I am a woman in what most would think is a man’s world and it actually isn’t a big deal at all”. What she is most proud of it that she completed Legionella Training, Cold Water Risk Assessment and Disinfection Courses, recommended by SNIPEF and PAT test training programmes and, through shadowing, has also learned from the skilled experts at her employer, Celsius Heating and Plumbing. She will also be completing byelaw training soon. Her advice to women thinking about joining the industry “my question to them is why not? It is interesting, rewarding and I am so glad I tried something new.”

Chief Executive Officer

SNIPEF CEO, Fiona Hodgson, was told when she was younger that construction was not a place for women and is proud to show people how things have changed. After leaving school, Fiona went to University to study Accountancy, working at Deloitte, where she completed her Chartered Accountant qualification. SNIPEF was an audit client and when she was offered the prospect of setting up a finance function and becoming Finance Manager at SNIPEF, she jumped at the chance and has never looked back. She went on to become the CEO of SNIPEF in 2016. When asked about her role, she says that she enjoys the variety of work and the different mix of people that she works with, no two days are the same! She enjoys being involved in a sector which is vital both to the economy and in tackling climate change. What she loves about her role is that there is a real sense of making a difference for future generations. To women perhaps thinking of working in the sector, she says that there are so many pathways into construction and so many opportunities within the sector “The people really make it as they are passionate about what they do and really want to make a difference

HR & Industrial Relations Administrator

Rosie Ritchie,  HR & Industrial Relations Administrator at SNIJIB, has progressed her career at SNIPEF, having started as a SNIJIB Administrator in 2017, something she is very proud of. She graduated with BA Hons in International Business Management (Hospitality & Tourism) in 2015 from Queen Margaret University. Since then, she has completed various ACAS training courses and achieved her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in HR Management. She enjoys the employment law aspects of her role and problem solving. Rosie would also encourage women to join the construction industry in order to challenge gender biases, and for the various career opportunities available, emphasising “it’s not all site-based work! Ever-changing legislation and qualifications mean that it’s a diverse and fast-paced industry to be a part of.”

Happy International Women's day to all the women in our industry from SNIPEF!

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