Katie Kelleher

Crane Operator, Select Plant Hire & Appointed Person, Laing ORourke

After a number of years working within sales and more recently working as a recruitment consultant Katie Kelleher had a change of career in 2014 and started on the Lifting Technician Apprenticeship with Select / Laing O’Rourke.

She is passionate about women in construction and has often spoke out about her difficulties and experiences working within the industry, as well as championing apprenticeships for all. She regularly speaks at schools as a STEM Ambassador and has previously been featured on BBC Breakfast, London Live, Metro & Stylist Magazine, most recently she been named by Construction News as one to watch in 2019.

Katie is working hard using a strong social media presence to change the face of construction by openly encouraging more apprentices and women into the field and to challenge the industry to make necessary inclusive changes.

Since working as a crane operator on large projects such as Crossrail & Tideway, Katie is currently based on the Tideway project as a Deputy Appointed Person

Session Details

A Journey into Construction, a Female On-site Perspective  

Astor Suite: 2:00pm - 2:30pm
An insight into a career’s changers journey into construction from recruitment consultant to crane operator.
This workshop will explore Katie’s personal journey from the start, the positive and the negative, it will explore her experiences of the industry as a whole, issues around attraction within the industry, a closer look at the gender numbers and why it is important to have construction role models.
Katie hopes that through her journey you can implement ideas within your own businesses to make small changes to benefit the well-being of all on site and to think about the broader subject of attraction.

9.00am - 4.00pm

Networking Breakfast:
7.30am - 9.00am

Gala Dinner:
Reception 5.30pm
Dinner served 6.30pm

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