Out of difficulty women always find opportunity

Shona Noel

Last week our Apprentice Site Manager, Shona Noel was invited to speak at Islington Town Hall at the Tradeswoman Building Bridges reception. Tradeswoman Building Bridges is an organisation that supports and promotes the representation of North American women working in the construction trades. The group are in London meeting with workers, union leaders, policy makers, and community advocates. A reception was held at Islington Town Hall where the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Marian Spall and Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz both gave a speech about the importance of women in construction.

Women working in the industry is increasing, however there are still many challenges that women face but as Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz so rightly said “Out of difficulty women always find opportunity”. Rooff are proud to say that 15% of our workforce is female, a number which in the next few years we hope to increase. One of these amazing women is our Apprentice Site Manager, Shona Noel. Shona gave an excellent speech about her experience of joining the industry after working in childcare for over ten years and then deciding that she wanted a career change. Shona completed construction related courses hosted by Women in Construction and Islington Council before starting a carpentry apprenticeship. After training as a carpenter Shona decided that she wanted to become a Site Manager. She worked hard and joined Rooff in September 2021 as an apprentice Site Manager. This resilience and determination for following her passion and working her way up demonstrates the strength that not just Shona but all women in construction possess.

Rooff are delighted have Shona as part of the team and we are motivated in supporting even more women into the industry. It was an inspirational event, and it was great to meet tradeswomen from across the world, showing the importance of supporting and encouraging women in construction.

Tradeswomen Building Bridges Reception

Rooff Sign Contract for £17M Refurbishment Work at Skinners’ Hall

Skinners Hall Contract Signing

Last Friday Rooff signed the contract for the commencement of work at the prestigious Grade I Listed Skinners’ Hall. The contract was signed for on behalf of the Skinners’ Company by the Chairman of the Skinners’ Hall Panel Committee -The Rt Hon The Earl of Malmesbury DL and the Master, Sarah Stallebass, and by Rooff’s Managing Director, Mark Horn, Operation Directors, Gan Hirani and Construction Director, Tony Pearce.

The project has taken six years of planning and the final redevelopment plans were designed by 6a Architects. This exciting major redevelopment project involves extensive repairs, renewal of existing services, and improvements to the building, in particular to improving accessibility. Refurbishment and decorating works will also be carried out.

We are very pleased to be working on this special heritage project and look forward to preserving this Scheduled Ancient Monument for future generations.

Rooff becomes Company Supporter of The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Lighthouse

Rooff are proud to announce that we are now Company Supporters of The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to the construction community and their families.

A crucial element of the charity’s strategy is to provide a wide range of free and widely available pro-active resources to support the industry.

The charity provides a 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline which provides a range of free and confidential support, which is complemented by their free Self Support App. Their free text HARDHAT to 85258 service provides yet another route to support, along with their Lighthouse Beacons who offer a safe space for people to share concerns. Their latest campaign; Help Inside the Hard Hat aims to raise awareness of mental health issues in the construction industry.

As part of our company’s mental health and wellbeing strategy we are giving all our staff the opportunity to complete a Mental Health Course through the charity who offers a range of courses. Rooff are committed to promoting better mental health and wellbeing for all staff, and the past few years has highlighted the importance of looking out for each other. This must remain at the forefront of what we do and why we are so pleased to become Company Supporters of The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, and support them in their mission to reduce construction industry suicides and improve workforce welfare and wellbeing.

You can find out more information at www.lighthouseclub.org