Valerie Owen OBE, won the prestigious Life Time Achievement Award at the national Women in Construction Awards ceremony held in Manchester last week.
Valerie, who was appointed Chair of Lantra in 2011, said:
“I am thrilled to receive this award, and very much hope it will encourage more women to consider a land-based career. The sector needs new talent, and Lantra is working with industry to develop new Trailblazer Apprenticeships to help attract and train new entrants. More than 70,000 people each year undertake Lantra training and qualifications; we are particularly keen to encourage more women into this important sector.”
Lantra is an independent charitable company supporting skills and training on a UK wide basis, and the Sector Skills Council for Land-based and environmental industries. Valerie was previously an executive Director of international real estate consultants, Jones Lang La Salle, which has over 200 offices world-wide. She is a multi-disciplinary property professional specialising in sustainability, an expert in arboriculture and environmental protection, a member of the Chartered Society of Environmentalists and of the Women in Agriculture group.
Marcus Potter, CEO Lantra, said:
“Valerie Owen is an outstanding Woman in Construction and richly deserves this award. Her extensive knowledge is invaluable to our Skills business. Valerie is a great ambassador for Women in Work programmes, encouraging more women into land-based careers, and is passionate about Health and Safety issues.”