Sun 27 Sep 2015

CCFNT held it’s inaugural Women/Next Gen in Civil luncheon this month to recognise the achievements of women in the NT Civil workplace.

The event saw a great turnout, with 70 guests hearing dynamic speeches from four inspirational women who are leaders in the civil community in Darwin.

The event was proudly sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher and MITAC.

Guests received an insight into the journey of the speakers to get where they are today.

Pippa Manning spoke of her career pathway through her love of dirt and working outdoors, being appointed Environmental Manager for Territoria Civil John Holland JV for CVL2 at Blaydin Point and then progressing to Lead Environmental Advisor of Inpex on the Ichthys Project.

Natasha Roy, BMD Project Manager of the Tiger Brennan Drive Duplication shared her struggles to reaching a senior management role, having had 4 children under 5 in the early part of her career, and is now the leader of the project management team of a $90million project.

Lisa Boal, Project Manager for IDEC, spoke about her life with a father as a Civil Contractor, Civdec Constructions, and the pressure that put on her to follow in his footsteps. After a few diversions into phycology  and Office duties, she returned to finish off her civil Engineering Degree and is now in charge of  building the INPEX radar station at East Arm.

Mina Lee represented the next generation.  She learnt English within two years and completed year 11 and 12, after arriving from Cambodia at the age of 15. Mina put herself through university with a job as a croupier at the Casino and now has a civil engineering degree and is Site Engineer for East Arm Civil on CVL7 at the Inpex project . Her advice was to “keep grabbing business cards and keep making yourself known”.

CCFNT received great feedback from guests about the luncheon, some claiming it was the best luncheon they’d attended for quite a while.

The luncheon was held at Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and guests enjoyed a beautiful 3 course banquet by Loong Fong Restaurant.

Keep an eye out for the next Women/Next Gen in Civil Luncheon workshop in September next year!

View photos from the event.