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Blog: An apprenticeship can be the start of an amazing career

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson, who left school not knowing what she wanted to do and worked in a shoe shop before becoming an apprentice with Cruden, tells SCN about the value of apprenticeships and what it’s like being a woman in construction.

When I left school, like so many other teenagers I had no idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I didn’t have the qualifications to get into university, so I ended up working full time in a shoe shop. I didn’t take long to realise that retail was not the career for me, so it was fortunate that I heard from a family friend about an opportunity to become an apprentice painter. Sick of the sight of feet, I jumped at the chance – and it was the best decision I could have made.

My apprenticeship was with Cruden Building & Renewals Ltd, and I soon found that I loved honing my new painting skills while working out on site. Everyone was really welcoming and supportive, and although as a girl I was definitely in the minority, I can honestly say I was never treated any differently because I was female.

During the final year of my four-year apprenticeship, Cruden offered me the chance to go to college to do an HND in Construction Management. This is part of their ‘Pathway to Employment’ programme which is design to nurture and grow talent from within the organisation. They supported me throughout my studies, allowing me two and a half days off work every week to attend, and also by paying for the course. When I gained my HND and Cruden then offered to put me through university, I was delighted.  I’ve always been conscious about the environment so I chose to do a degree in Environmental Management.

Although it was a four year course, my HND qualification allowed me to fast track straight into second year. Again, Cruden let me attend my university course at Glasgow Caledonian University for half the week, while working with them for the other half. I was very proud to graduate with a BSc Honours degree last year.

The tremendous support I have been given by Cruden is testament to how much the company believes in developing its employees. The Cruden Academy is a continuous programme of investment in employees which includes their full modern apprenticeship programme, lifelong learning, training and distance support as well as further education support.  Around 300 people work here, including joiners, bricklayers, plumbers, painters and labourers. Many have been here for a long time and have moved up the career ladder successfully.  There’s no doubt there is a skills shortage throughout the construction industry, and by focusing on recruiting, retaining and investing in their employees, Cruden is very cleverly making sure they have a pipeline of talented and skilled employees who are loyal to them.  In recognition of this, Cruden has been awarded Investor in People Silver Standard and Investors in Young People Gold Standard and their modern apprenticeship programme has reached 70 apprentices at the moment, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

I now work in the Integrated Management System department where I am involved with various matters concerning the environment, quality control and health and safety. Although I’m mostly office based, I visit sites to carry out carbon footprint reports, waste reports and recycling reports which I provide to senior management. I look at the volume of emissions that the company produces, including staff commuting to and from work, how much energy and water we use, and how we recycle our waste. I feel very lucky that I’m getting the chance to help the environment and help the company work smarter at the same time.

My hopes for the future are to eventually progress into the role of Environmental Manager.

At school I didn’t consider a career in construction at all, and only got into the industry by good luck. If we want to address the skills shortage, I think it’s important that companies get the message out more widely about the exciting roles that are available in this sector, especially to girls, and at an early age.

I think it’s also vital for young people to realise that if they don’t get into university or college straight from school, it doesn’t mean that they can’t build a successful career.  For me, an apprenticeship was the right path and I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve been given these opportunities.  There is no way that I would have been able to support myself through college and university on my own.  Without my apprenticeship at Cruden, I might still be stuck in that shoe shop!

  • Jennifer Gibson, is an Integrated Management System (IMS) Assistant at Cruden Buildings and Renewals Ltd

April sees UK construction output drop as first quarter revised upwards

King's View AerialOutput in the construction industry fell 0.6% in the three months to April, driven mainly by a 0.9% fall in all new work, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The fall, which represents the first three month on three month drop in construction output since September 2016, was largely due to a 2.6% decrease in infrastructure, which dropped for the first time in six months, as well as a 1.1% drop in private housing.

Construction output also fell month-on-month in April 2017, dropping 1.6%; driven by falls in both repair and maintenance, and all new work.

The fall in all new work in April 2017 was somewhat offset by a sizeable rise in infrastructure, which grew by 5.7% compared with March 2017.

The ONS also revised the data for Q1 (January to March) 2017 increasing from 0.2% to 1.1%, leading to a 0.05% revision to gross domestic product (GDP).

The Scottish division of partnership housing developer Lovell said the figures show the country’s housebuilding sector is making a strong start to 2017 with a rise in new orders for private housing.

Regional managing director for Lovell in Scotland, Stephen Profili, said: “These latest figures suggest the UK construction industry has made a strong start to 2017 and that a buoyant housebuilding sector in particular is making a major contribution to that strong performance.

“April was a good month for Lovell in Scotland with construction getting underway on a number of projects and others approaching completion, putting us well on track to meet our expectation of delivering around 450 new homes during 2017, most of them affordable housing. This will be an increase of more than 60% on the number of new homes Lovell completed during 2016.

“Notwithstanding the increased uncertainty prompted by the outcome of this week’s snap general election, there are promising signs that 2017 is shaping up to be a year of strong growth for the housebuilding industry, in Scotland and across the UK.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director of home builder Cruden Buildings and Renewals Ltd, said: “A decrease in output figures is not entirely unexpected, given some of the wider economic and political uncertainty currently ongoing, however at Cruden we are still experiencing strong demand for house building.

“However, whether or not output is rising, the ongoing skills shortage remains a crucial challenge and one that the industry and the government need to work together to address. Without skilled labour we cannot increase output to the levels needed to tackle issues such as the housing gap.

“That’s why at Cruden we have taken the decision to proactively address this, and have recently doubled our intake of first year apprentices and grown our modern apprenticeship programme to over 70.  This, combined with our Cruden Academy – a continuous programme of investment in employees’ lifelong learning, training and distance support, as well as further education support – means that we will have a pipeline of talented and skilled employees to help us meet any challenges, and opportunities, the future might present.”

Derek Shewan, chief operating officer of Robertson Group, added: “It is disappointing to see a further decrease in output across the construction industry. When times are tough, there can be a tendency for businesses to become overly cautious, but I believe the best approach is to focus on becoming more innovative and productive. At Robertson Group, we have remained resilient across our 22 businesses precisely because innovation is at the heart of our approach.”​

Athletes’ Village developers win prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

(from left) City Legacy directors - Calum Murray (CCG), Ed Monaghan (Mactaggart & Mickel), Martin Kiely (WH Malcolm) and John Gallacher (Cruden)

(from left) City Legacy directors – Calum Murray (CCG), Ed Monaghan (Mactaggart & Mickel), Martin Kiely (WH Malcolm) and John Gallacher (Cruden)

The consortium of four Glasgow housebuilders that developed the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village has scooped the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Awards are presented to UK businesses for outstanding achievement in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. They are known as being the highest official UK awards for British businesses, with all award winners invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace, which is hosted by HRH The Queen.

The award for the City Legacy consortium – which comprises CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm – is in the Sustainable Development category.

This reflects the numerous energy efficiency measures that were incorporated at the Athletes’ Village, such as solar panels, a ventilation and heat recovery system to recycle air and heat, and a district heating scheme that supplies instant heat and constant hot water and is around 40 per cent more efficient than normal heating schemes.

The Queen’s Award is the 25th award that the Athletes’ Village has won for its high quality design, sustainability, and the role it has played in the regeneration of Glasgow’s east end. Previous awards include Best Sustainable Development at the Scottish Business Awards, winner in the Large Scale Housing Development category at the Scottish Saltire Design Awards, and the Regeneration winner at the Scottish Design Awards.

The Athletes’ Village provided accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials during the Commonwealth Games, before being converted to 700 homes – 400 for social rental and 300 for private sale. The Village has been a huge success story, with private homes selling out in early 2016, almost two years ahead of schedule.

It is also part of a real community, with a 120-bed care home, plans for a new primary and nursery school, and direct access to the Cuningar Loop, a new £5.7m, 15 hectare riverside woodland park provided by Legacy 2014 funding. Also close to The Village is the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub – a centre for the local community with a GP surgery, children’s nursery, chemist and shop.

John Gallacher of Cruden and director of City Legacy said: “The Village has won many awards in the past, but this one is extra-special. To be given a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the wonderful journey that The Village has taken us on here at City Legacy. It really is the icing on the cake.

“The success of The Village could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of my fellow directors, Calum Murray at CCG, Ed Monaghan at Mactaggart & Mickel and Martin Kiely at WH Malcolm and their teams – not to mention my own team here at Cruden. We were always confident that the Village would be an exceptional project, but even we were a little surprised by the speed at which the homes sold, and the extent which it has sparked the wider regeneration of the surrounding area.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, who were partners in The Village project, said: “The 2014 Games really were the greatest games ever and the Athletes’ Village is one the most prominent examples of the lasting legacy for the East End of Glasgow. I am over the moon that this project, which the council has delivered in partnership with City Legacy, has been acknowledged with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. You cannot get a higher level of recognition than that.”

Construction output continues upward trajectory despite February dip

Figure 1- Rolling 3 month and monthly all work, February 2017Output in the UK construction sector fell in February with a 7.3% decrease in infrastructure providing one of the main downward pressures, the latest figures reveal.

Sharp falls in infrastructure and as well as new private housing saw UK construction output dip 1.7 per cent in February, its biggest drop in almost a year, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS).

All new work fell by 3.3% in the second month of the year after growing by 0.7% in January.

The fall in all new work was driven by the first month-on-month drop in infrastructure since October 2016, which decreased by 7.3%, and housing, which fell for the second consecutive month by 2.6%.

There was also a fifth consecutive month of negative growth in private industrial other new work, which decreased by 4.7%.

Despite the February decrease, construction output grew by 1.5% in the past three months when compared with the previous quarter, driven mainly by strong growth of 2.2% in infrastructure and 0.6% growth in repair and maintenance.

Brian McQuade, managing director of the Scotland and north-east England arm of Kier’s Construction division, said: “Although figures have dropped this month, the bigger picture points to consistent and strong growth within the industry and we’re now entering the second quarter of the year which traditionally sees an increase in activity. Kier has also announced a solid set of half-year financial results where we have grown our business, expanded our order book and secured a robust pipeline of activity.

“Health and education remain important sectors for Kier Construction Scotland. Recently we have been appointed to work through the development proposals for the £5m Rowanbank secure health unit at Stobhill Hospital through the Health Facilities Scotland Framework for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. We have also been appointed by hub South West to develop the design and build for the new £25m Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr on behalf of South Ayrshire Council.

“There are at least £750m of funded projects coming up for tender across Scotland in the next six months so there are plenty of opportunities available to attract a diverse range of new talent to the industry. We will continue to focus on showcasing the breadth of career opportunities that the construction industry has to offer, and highlight the significant boost that our sector delivers to the Scottish economy.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director of Cruden Homes, said: “This month has shown a significant dip but the overall outlook points to a brighter picture of growth for the fourth consecutive period.  This reflects the results we’re seeing in our own business, where phase one of our Baron’s Vale development in the east end of Glasgow and at our King’s View development in the south side of Glasgow have both sold out months ahead of schedule.  As a result we are bringing forward the phase two launch date at both developments to keep up with this strong market demand.

“Scotland continues to need more homes, both for private buyers and for social housing, and it is important that industry and government continue to work closely together to enable this to happen even faster.

“We are in particular looking forward to seeing the final details on Scottish Government’s updated planning legislation in light of its recent consultation, and hope the revised Bill will enable increased output and other positives for the industry.”

Green light for new housing development in Aberlady

AberladyopendspaceEast Lothian Council has granted planning permission for 107 homes at Aberlady.

The proposed development is to be delivered by Cruden Homes on land owned by Wemyss and March Estates.

The site to the west of Aberlady, off Kirk Road, is allocated in the Draft Proposed East Lothian Local Development Plan for “circa 100 new homes, access, infrastructure and open space”. This forms part of the wider housing contribution for East Lothian, which is required to deliver an additional 10,050 new homes by 2024. The population of the county is anticipated to grow by 35 per cent by 2036.

As requested by East Lothian Council, the development will provide a range and mix of house types, from two-bedroom flats to five –bedroom homes, with open space and linkages to the existing village and beyond whilst delivering a new link through the site to connect Kirk Road with the A198. This will use the existing priority junction at The Pleasance to avoid traffic having to pass Aberlady primary school when coming to or leaving from the new housing area.

This new junction will also minimise the disruption to protected trees located along the roadside boundary, which are an important part of the character of the coastal route and the western approach to Aberlady village.

Engagement was undertaken with the local community, councillors and Gullane Area Community Council and Aberlady Community Association in order to shape the proposals.

Financial contributions arising from the development will go towards extending the current primary school, to upgrading the current play park at The Pleasance and football pitch. There will also be contributions to North Berwick High School.

As a Group, Cruden is the second biggest private employer in East Lothian and through its activities contributes around £60 million into the East Lothian economy. It is also a major player in the council’s Construction Skills Academy, which aims to provide opportunities to local young people.

Cruden Homes also intends to ensure that local businesses are aware of all associated tendering opportunities in order to promote and encourage their sustainable growth and success.

Commenting on this, Fraser Lynes, land and development director for Cruden Homes, said: “Cruden boasts a strong history in East Lothian and we are delighted to have received planning permission for this development, delivering much needed new housing in Aberlady. Our proposals includes the on-site delivery of Affordable Housing and we look forward to working with the community on delivering this development.”

Scottish construction output drops slightly to £14.5bn

construction worker stockScotland’s construction industry generated total output of £14.5 billion last year, a modest decline on record output of £14.7bn during 2015, according to new official figures issued today by the Office for National Statistics.

Output from the housing, private commercial and repair and maintenance sectors of the industry were all up year-on-year.

But output from the infrastructure sector of the industry declined from a record high of £4.2bn during 2015 to £3.1bn in 2016.

The Scottish Building Federation said while the figures were “encouraging”, only a reduced reliance on major infrastructure projects would ensure a continued and balanced recovery for the sector.

Scottish Building Federation managing director, Vaughan Hart, said: “There has been encouragingly strong performance from the housing, private commercial and repair and maintenance sectors of the Scottish construction industry last year. Output from the housing sector rose by 16%, largely driven by an increase in private housebuilding. The private commercial sector was also strong, rising 6% to more than £2.6bn, the highest it’s been since 2008.

“We’ve also seen good output in repair and maintenance, rising 5% to more than £4.1bn. On the other side of the equation, infrastructure output has dropped significantly and private industrial activity is at a new low, partly prompted by the removal of empty property rates relief which is a policy we have consistently campaigned against.”

Mr Hart added: “Overall, these are encouraging results which suggest that the industry is moving in the right direction in terms of achieving a balanced recovery across different sectors, hopefully with a reduced reliance on major infrastructure projects to drive future growth as other key sectors such as housing, commercial and repair and maintenance continue to show strengthening performance.

“We will be watching closely to see if this momentum continues into 2017. However, that is obviously very much dependent on how the wider economy performs and there is still a good deal of uncertainty about future economic prospects just now.”

UK-wide construction output fell by 0.4% in January 2017 compared with the previous month although output grew on a 3 month on 3 month basis by 1.8%.

All new work showed signs of flattening out with growth of 0.1% in January 2017, but continued to grow in the latest 3 months compared with the previous 3 months at a rate of 2.1%.

Overall annual construction output growth has increased for 2016, to 2.4% from 1.5%, due to upward revisions for all 4 quarters, including a revision of 0.8% in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2016, from 0.2% to 1%.

New orders fell by 2.8% in Quarter 4 of 2016, driven mainly by falls in private industrial and private commercial work.

Despite new orders falling in Quarter 4 of 2016, the annual volume of new orders is now at its highest level since 2008.

With Scottish Apprentice Week finishing today, Allan Callaghan, managing director of housebuilder Cruden Homes West, responded to the statistics by urging the sector to continue to keep recruiting and developing young people to build a skilled and talented workforce.

Mr Callaghan said: “It’s encouraging to that annual construction output has increased to 2.4% as this sector continues to play a vital role in supporting Scotland’s economy. However, we can’t ignore the fact the sector is suffering from an ageing workforce with widening skills gaps.

“This week’s Scottish Apprentice Week has put a spotlight on the value of apprenticeships to construction employers. It’s vital that we continue to keep recruiting and developing young people to build a skilled and talented workforce.

“We desperately need to build more new, affordable houses and, with the requirement for over 12,000 new workers over the next five years, there’s never been a better time to encourage young people into this thriving sector.

“Much more than hard hat jobs, it’s a flourishing industry that is home to varied careers including engineering, surveying, marketing, architecture, planning and much more.

“At Cruden, we’re about to begin the process of recruiting 15 new apprentices and they will become part of the 50 strong team of apprentices that we train every year. Employers of all sizes need to play their part in changing perceptions of a career in construction and showcase the variety of roles on offer to attract the next generation of talent.”

Young women urged to consider career in construction

Pupils, staff and presenters at the Women in Construction 2017 presentation at Borders College

Pupils, staff and presenters at the Women in Construction 2017 presentation at Borders College

Almost 90 girls aged 14-15 from secondary schools throughout the Borders attended a Women into Construction presentation at Borders College recently by a team from construction and residential development firm Cruden Group.

Being held in conjunction with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, the presentation was aimed at encouraging girls to consider construction as a career and promote women in the industry generally.

Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, delivered an uplifting talk to the girls. She emphasised the importance of the event in light of the fact that women are still vastly under-represented within the construction industry.

Christine said: “Of the 4,894 new apprentices that Scotland welcomed into its construction industry last year, only 76 were female – that represents just 1.6%. We need to work together to change that.

“The range of work in the construction industry is diverse, from sales and marketing, trades, engineering and architecture. It offers flexibility during a working life which is often overlooked – and in a world where jobs for life is rare.”

The presentation from representatives of Cruden Group management team covered all aspects of the construction process.

Head of business development, Gill Henry, explained the development and construction process, partnership working and Cruden’s commitment to community benefits, while sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, tackled research prior to acquiring land, sales set up, on-site marketing, sales conveyancing, customer care and awards.

Sales manager Lynsey Jackson brought a showbiz air to the proceedings by demonstrating her celebrity experience, including being on the ‘Richard and Judy show’ and talking the girls through how she got involved in the residential property sector, what it entails and how much she enjoys it.

In addition to the presentations from Gill, Hazel and Lynsey, 4th year joiner apprentice Adam Sim from Hart Builders (part of the Cruden Group) closed the session by explaining life as an apprentice and his hopeful career path for the future (no mean feat for the lad given he was presenting to over eighty teenage girls!!)

The girls also enjoyed a tour of the college’s construction faculties and were able to try out their virtual digger skills via a 25-tonne, 360 degree plant simulator.

Gill Henry said: “Traditionally, construction is seen as a ‘job for the boys’. Cruden is keen to take a lead role in challenging this perception and was delighted to present an overview of a much wider range of careers in the industry and provide real life insight into roles of senior female staff within the Group.”

Euan Hastie, CITB apprenticeship officer, organised the event and said: “The event helped us talk openly and directly with young women about construction in a fun, interactive and myth-busting style, challenging the outdated stereotypes that the industry is somehow just for boys.

“We conducted a quick straw poll before and after the event. At the beginning, we asked the girls how many of them would consider a career in construction – only two or three raised their hands. At the end, that number increased to about 25. I was delighted to see so many enthusiastic responses. We hope to continue to build on that success throughout Scotland in the future.”

Construction sector output shows rise – ONS

construction worker stock

Latest Office for National Statistics data on output in the construction industry have shown a return to growth in output for the industry, in particular from housebuilding.

According to the latest figures, December saw construction output rise by 1.8 per cent compared with the previous month, largely due to an increase in new work.

Private commercial work was one of the main drivers behind construction growth, expanding by 5.2 per cent in December.

Compared with December 2015, construction output increased by 0.6 per cent, the main contribution to this growth came from new housing work.

Brian McQuade

Brian McQuade

Brian McQuade, managing director for Kier Construction Scotland & NE, said: “It’s encouraging to see a rise in output activity in the sector.  Certainly Kier Construction is experiencing steady and sustainable growth as we deliver major build projects across education, healthcare, commercial and retail sectors.  We’ve secured a solid pipeline of activity for the 2017 financial year.

“Although access to skilled labour and rising costs remain industry-wide concerns, there are still opportunities across Scotland, including an extra £800m of capital spending on infrastructure projects that will help Kier and the industry develop tomorrow’s diverse supply chain.  I’m optimistic about the year ahead and we have a number of exciting new projects on the horizon that will ensure our continued steady growth in Scotland through 2017 and beyond.”

Allan Callaghan, managing director of housebuilder Cruden Homes West, said: “The confidence felt within the industry is beginning to match up with market activity and it’s great to see housebuilding emerge as a catalyst for sustainable growth.  At Cruden we’ve had a strong start to the year across our private and public housing developments as modern, affordable homes remains in high demand.Allan Callaghan

“The challenge ahead for the Industry to maintain a sustainable continued growth is the persistent problem of skill shortages, well-articulated in the Farmer Review recently. This is again in the spotlight with the news that 12,000 workers are needed in Scotland over the next few years.

“Apprenticeship and training opportunities will go some way to address this but it’s a big gap to fill.  The industry as a whole needs to get the message out there that the construction sector offers a wealth of varied and rewarding careers.  The industry has proved to be very resilient and the future is looking bright – we just need more young people to realise that.”

Edinburgh set for almost 150 new homes through National Housing Trust initiative

Homes previously completed at Western Harbour by Hart Builders

Homes previously completed at Western Harbour by Hart Builders

Hart Builders is planning to construct 146 new homes in Edinburgh after securing a £6.9 million funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland.

The company, which is part of construction firm Cruden Group, will build the housing development at Western Harbour in the Scottish capital in partnership with Forth Ports.

The project, which will create 30 new jobs at peak, will be built as part of the Scottish Government’s National Housing Trust initiative.

Kevin Reid, managing director of Cruden Group, said: “The financial support from Royal Bank of Scotland gives Hart Builders the opportunity to supply more high quality housing stock to the Edinburgh property market.

“It also allows us to further expand our presence in the Edinburgh and Lothian area, cementing our commitment to the local community with the creation of new jobs and homes.”

Jamie Drummond, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “Hart Builders has an established reputation in delivering high quality construction projects. Supporting the company will help it realise the potential for growth in the area.

“Hart Builders has a strong relationship with the Scottish Government, particularly within its National Housing Trust Initiative. By providing this funding package, we’re helping Hart Builders play an important role to increase the supply of homes to meet demand in Scotland.”

Home builders prepare for Mumbai Women Build

Gill Henry (left) and Nicola Barclay will be utilising their skills to support vulnerable communities during a week-long ‘Women’s Build’ in Mumbai this month

Gill Henry (left) and Nicola Barclay will be utilising their skills to support vulnerable communities during a week-long ‘Women’s Build’ in Mumbai this month

Two of the best known female faces in Scotland’s home building industry are in the midst of final arrangements as they prepare to fly to India later this month to help some of the country’s most marginalised communities build their own homes.

Supporting the vital work of Habitat for Humanity, chief executive of trade body Homes for Scotland Nicola Barclay and colleague Gill Henry of Cruden Homes will be taking part in the charity’s ‘Women Build’ event in Mumbai from 21-28 January.

Helping to provide the poorest and most vulnerable with a decent place to call home, they have already raised an impressive £8,500 to support the charity venture, which will see them working on a building site and undertaking tasks such as mixing and pouring concrete, bricklaying, painting and plastering.

Nicola said: “We know it’s going to be a tough job, but more than half of the people in Mumbai live in slums with many more living in extremely basic tenements or on the streets.

“Coming from an industry which is rooted in the premise that everyone should have a safe and secure home, having the opportunity to join with other women to help improve conditions for those less fortunate than ourselves is a great privilege and gives us the chance to give something back.

“There will no doubt be a lot of blood, sweat and tears but we are sure the rewards will be worth it!”

Meryl Davies, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, said: “I’m delighted that Gill Henry and Nicola Barclay are participating in our Women Build in Mumbai this month. Their commitment to providing safe, affordable homes for vulnerable families is testament to the values shared between our organisations.

“My thanks to Nicola and Gill for their remarkable fundraising over the past few months. They are invaluable members of the Women Build team and I know they will make a huge difference to the lives of the families they work alongside in India.”