NAWIC Awards 2022

Congratulations to our 2022 NAWIC Award nominees Cassandra Zughbi, Design Manager, and George Bardas, CEO.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Awards for Excellence celebrates the contributions made by women at all career levels and in all sectors of the construction industry. Last year, a category was added to acknowledge a male champion for change for accelerating and advancing the interests of women in the industry. 

A warm congratulations to Cassandra Zughbi, Design Manager, and George Bardas, CEO, for being recognised as finalists.  

A champion for bettering the lives and careers of women in the construction industry, Cassandra is a proud committee member of TWIC — Taylor’s Women in Construction  engagement program.

Cassandra was also the recipient of the Connecting People & Spaces Award at Taylor’s annual conference. This award is peer-selected and recognises achievement for focusing on the end-user to deliver projects that effectively connect people and spaces. 

Of TWIC, Cassandra says,

Being a female in the industry I want to be involved in the committee to help drive positive changes for Taylor and for women.

003 mpa award for acheivement in construction cassandra with finalists

Commenting on the Male Champion category, George Bardas said:  

“I recognise that diversity in the workplace is an organisational strength and I believe that gender equity is key to the performance, achievement, and wellbeing of Australia’s workforce. Business leaders can have a critical and long-term impact on new starters, whilst also supporting those working in more senior positions. My focus is on ensuring we provide women with genuine opportunities for leadership roles and career progression at all stages of their career.” 

As an advocate for women in construction, George has spent his 30-year career working to better the representation of women at all levels. He has not only mentored and advocated for women, from cadets to senior executives, he has gained thoughtful and original insights from his mentees in return. 

Taylor is committed to championing diversity and inclusion, and sharing targets to hold the business accountable over time.

Taylor is on track to to increase female representation across the business to 30% by 2026 – having successfully grown representation from 12% to 18% in FY2022. 

– From 2021, Taylor’s annual Cadet intake has achieved a a minimum of 50% female recruits. 

– In 2022, Taylor launched the KARI / Taylor #WomenBreakingGround Scholarship, contributing $15,000 per year to support high achieving female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in studies in Construction. Co-created with our Official RAP Partner, KARI Foundation, you can learn more about it here.  

– Taylor’s #WomenBreakingGround Education Engagement Program includes sponsorship and engagement with the UTS Built Environment Student Association (BEA), and a schools engagement program delivered for key clients. Working to increase the pipeline of female candidates in construction, Taylor is encouraging girls and women to pursue STEM areas of study. 

– The Taylor Women in Construction (TWIC) engagement program has strengthened internal and industry connections for our female team members while providing unique opportunities to promote the role of women in construction.  

Congratulations to George and Cassandra on this incredible recognition, and to all Award winners on the night.