Jo’s career spans over two decades and across multiple spectrums of the industry. A qualified carpenter by trade, licensed builder, certified building designer and now General Manager of a multi-million dollar construction company, she has literally worked from the ground up to be where she is today.
Jo’s journey started in 1996 when she finished high school and had no intention of going to university. Her passion had always been to become either a vet or a builder. Given her aversion to blood and needles and her lacklustre grades, vet science was out of the question. So she decided that Building was the way to go.
With a willingness to learn and a natural curiosity, Jo moved to Sydney in her 3rd year and commenced façade work on commercial building sites, subcontracting to multi-national building companies like Lendlease, John Holland, Watpac, Leighton and others. Jo is passionate about seeing more women in construction, and increased gender equity at Kane ACT from 6% in February 2020 to 42% in October 2020.
Jo is focussed on, and driven by, her goals to work with government, peak industry bodies, unions, training organisations and progressive building contractors to engage, recruit, train and employ women in all trade roles, not just those defined as apprenticeships.
Jo wants to ensure that the challenges and hardships she endured, are not presented to women wishing to enter the industry. Her personal mission is to create pathways and opportunities for women of any age, social status, income level, and ethnicity to work in construction and know they have the full support and guidance of other women who have walked this path before them.
Build Like A Girl is a movement, created by women for women, with the aim to see them succeed and thrive in the construction industry.