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Google chief speaks at Chicks with Bricks event

Google entrepreneur chief Sarah Drinkwater has spoken at a female construction worker event sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Drinkwater, head of Google Campus London, was a guest at the Chicks with Bricks networking evening in London, which was attended by more than 100 women.

Thames Tideway Tunnel chief executive Andy Mitchell has previously outlined his ambition to achieve gender parity on the project by 2023.

Jackie Roe, delivery manager for the eastern section of the £4.1bn super sewer, spoke at the event in Kings Cross last week.

Roe said: “It was an honour to speak at the Chicks with Bricks evening, and to meet so many inspirational women in construction and technology.

“The fact that women make up just 11% of the construction workforce is disappointing, but events like these show that we are making progress.

“In my team to date, with some ramp up to come, we are at 35% women. It’s a hugely talented team with diversity of experience, culture, nationality and gender with everyone bringing something different to the party.

“Sharing our experiences and celebrating the industry is one of the most important ways of spreading our message that construction isn’t just for men.”

Readers' comments (2)

  • Whilst the event is laudable one must question its branding

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  • stephen gibson

    I first thought this was a joke. But its actually wrong on a whole series of levels, not just the obvious.

    I don't see how the term "chicks" is appropriate. Perhaps female construction engineers, construction professionals etc.

    Again is "bricks" appropriate, they are not bricklaying and I would assume bricklaying is not a large element of the Thames Tideway Project.

    Lastly, less than 11% of nurses or primary school teachers are male. Both very important jobs. Yet there is little evidence of any concern in the nursing or teaching profession that this inequality of numbers needs to be addressed.

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