Heidi is a firm believer in industry training and is a big supporter of BCITO. She currently has seven apprentices working towards their AAJ qualifications.
As Managing Director of Windowmakers, a company she has owned for 16 years, Heidi’s role is to set the strategic direction of her business to ensure they are leaders in the AAJ sector, while also building customer relationships and ensuring the wellbeing of her team. Heidi’s biggest driver is her people; she gets enjoyment from coaching and supporting others to realise their potential and gain confidence in themselves. BCITO Business Development Advisor Kerry Rasmussen is impressed in Heidi’s tenacity. He says, “She is resolute in her decision-making, but will formulate her thinking around her team and get a good buy-in from those involved.”
The work Heidi is doing is not only assisting Windowmakers, but it is to the betterment of the entire industry, the community and youth engagement. Kerry says, “Windowmakers are a professional Aluminium Joinery business from the admin team, to production, to site works.”
Being a woman in the construction industry doesn’t change the fact that Heidi feels she is tested every day. She says, “Often I feel I am underestimated, but as a woman, I think I bring emotional intelligence and an innovative approach to the table.”
BCITO Training Advisor Murray Atkinson nominated Heidi for the National Association for Woman in Construction (NAWIC) Professional Woman of the Year Award where she was a most deserving winner. When asked what does winning the award mean to you, Heidi said, “Winning the award was most unexpected given the calibre of my fellow nominees. However, for me, it has been a great reminder that all the hard work is recognised by others and not to take what I do for granted. Hopefully, it will be a great platform to encourage other women into the industry.”
Heidi says she would give the following advice to a young woman who is considering a career in the construction industry, “Work hard, harder than anyone else around you, the rewards come later. Love what you do and the passion will be recognised. Be kind to yourself and seek support from like-minded people.” BCITO are very fortunate to have an employer who believes staff training is paramount and continues to strive for excellence in her staff the only way she knows how, leading by example.
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