Former Australian Business Woman of the Year Sheryle Moon has taken up the new position of chief executive officer of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
NAWIC national president Sandra Steele says Moon, who has 20 of ‘C-Level’ experience (a common reference to high-level corporate executives) including ASX-listed and Fortune 500 companies as well as in the non-for-profit sector, is well-qualified to deliver successful outcomes in her new position.
“Sheryle is highly respected as a leader in the information technology and recruitment industries and has been particularly passionate about advancing career opportunities for women in both sectors,” Steele says. “This, combined with her experience leading a number of industry associations, made her a natural fit for the role.”
Moon says she is excited about the challenges before her and looks forward to the opportunity to advance the progress of women in building and construction.
“I am very excited to be leading NAWIC’s work to promote the range of dynamic and challenging careers available for women in the construction industry, and to drive NAWIC’s ambitious agenda to increase support for women currently working in the industry,” she says.
Moon says the industry needs to attract more women in order to increase diversity and address skills shortages as women make up only 12 per cent of the national construction workforce – a situation NAWIC is working hard to change.
Efforts to increase the participation of women in construction and related industries have been gathering momentum in recent times.
In January, Marita Chaing was awarded the Young Australian of the Year for her role in the founding of Robogirls, a program designed to promote engineering as a career choice for young girls.
Earlier this month, the Construction, Mining, Forestry and Energy Union hosted its third CFMEU National Women’s Conference in Canberra to discuss ways in which women could play a more prominent role in both the union itself and more broadly within the construction industry.