Grindley's Clare Hitchenor blazes trail for industry gender diversity

- Women in Building

ROLE MODEL: Clare Hitchenor has played a vital role in paving the way for Grindley's commitment to diversity and opportunity, and has been nominated in the Women in Building category of the 2020 MBA Awards.

ROLE MODEL: Clare Hitchenor has played a vital role in paving the way for Grindley's commitment to diversity and opportunity, and has been nominated in the Women in Building category of the 2020 MBA Awards.

Grindley Construction is a relationship-based contractor with a pedigree of working for not-for-profit, charitable and mission-based organisations.

Launched in 1988, Grindley services metro and regional areas around the state, with much of the work delivered in live, operational and sensitive environments.

"The team at Grindley understand the nuances of this style of work and truly partner with clients to manage the operational challenges and risks," Grindley General Manager - Client and Corporate Services Julie O'Keefe said.

Grindley has been honoured with a number of MBA awards since its inception and is very proud of this industry recognition.

With over 130 staff located around NSW, Grindley's people are the foundation of the business and so they are thrilled and very proud that Project Manager Clare Hitchenor has been nominated this year for the 2020 Women In Building Recognition Award.

"Clare who is based on the Central Coast joined the Grindley team in 2004," Ms O'Keefe said.

"Whilst studying a Bachelor of Construction Management at Newcastle University, Clare undertook Grindley's Cadet Program over a two-year period gaining valuable experience in procurement, contract administration, project management and site management.

Clare at Sod Turning for Tinonee Gardens

Clare at Sod Turning for Tinonee Gardens

"She was appointed Contracts Administrator in 2006, then Project Manager early in 2019 working on over 20 aged care, education, community and commercial projects mainly in the Newcastle region. Being our first female Cadet, Clare has played a vital role in paving the way for our commitment to diversity and opportunity. Her success within the company provides a positive example for other young women that you can progress within the construction industry regardless of your gender."

Grindley Construction partners with clients to deliver predominantly social infrastructure projects ranging from $10million to $60million in the education, aged care, health care, community, commercial and industrial sectors.

"Our specialist division, Grindley Interiors undertakes refurbishments, fit outs, alterations and additions and remedial works valued up to $20million," Ms O'Keefe explained.

"We have been delivering projects in the Newcastle, Hunter New England and Central Coast regions for over two decade and we have two project teams permanently based in Newcastle.

"We currently have projects underway in Mayfield, Toukley, Cooranbong and Umina and have delivered projects valued at over $150 million in the region in the last three years.

Grindley prides itself on fostering a client service philosophy based on trust, transparency, and effective communication.

"We are immensely proud of a work pipeline comprised of more than 85% repeat business and over 40% procured under Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)." said Ms O'Keefe, who wished Clare the best of luck with her nomination.

"A win would be a well-deserved recognition of 16 years of unwavering commitment to Grindley, to her clients and project partners and to the construction industry generally," she said.

Opal Toukley, Clare's Current Project.

Opal Toukley, Clare's Current Project.

"It would be a wonderful recognition of the positive example she has set for other young women embarking on a career in property or construction."

For more information visit www.grindley.com.au or call Julie on 0413 008 765.

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