Zealand’s Women's Infrastructure Network (WIN) founder Sarah Lang was winner of
the Chartered Accountants
Australia and NZ Diversity category award at last night’s Women of Influence Awards
“We are delighted that
Sarah has been recognised for her outstanding leadership in the sector having
established the Women’s Infrastructure Network in late 2016 and led its growth
to seven chapters nationwide with over 1000 members today”, said Infrastructure
New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen Selwood.
The award also
recognised the contribution that Sarah has made to establishing many Māori employment initiatives including the Iwi
Business Consortium, the Māori
Graduate Placement Programme, Ngati Whatua Iwi Industry Employment Programme
and Ti Hiku Employment Initiatives. This work has seen the placement of over
200 Māori employees into jobs across
Northland and Auckland. Sarah has also established the Regional Homelessness
Taskforce, championing the rights of the homeless.
“When I joined the
infrastructure world seven years ago I thought I was one of only a few women in
the industry”, Sarah says, “but I soon found out that actually there are
thousands of women across the sector”.
“While not so many are
CEO or Board level yet, by and large women comprise senior partners,
directors, engineers, and first line managers undertaking work that is vital to
the success of the industry. We want to re-position the industry as a leader in
diversity”, Sarah says.
“WIN NZ is connected to
the global WIN network, operating in Canada, the USA, UK and Australia”, says
Chair, Margaret Devlin.
“Not only do we seek to
grow the visibility of women in the sector and increase the number of women in
leadership roles, WIN provides amazing networking opportunities for women
across the sector.
The diversity of professions
involved - from contracting to engineering, banking, insurance, public sector
and legal, consulting and financial professions among others – provides immense
opportunity for sharing knowledge and building a network of connected
“Sarah took the vital
step to not only set up the network but has led its development from strength
to strength. It is fantastic that those efforts have been recognised by this
award”, Devlin says.
Zealand Chair Patrick Brockie says “Diversity brings different ideas and
perspectives to the industry which is essential to us delivering better
outcomes. It is also key to building capability and capacity across the infrastructure sector and the long-term sustainability of the industry”.
“Sarah has set the bar.
We now look for WIN to continue to grow its influence and presence within
industry management teams and around the board table.
“Infrastructure New Zealand’s goal
is to see continued material progress on greater diversity, whether at Board or
executive management levels or on-site leading of delivering major infrastructure
projects”, Selwood says. “We won't let up until that goal is achieved.”
For further information and comment contact
Stephen Selwood on 021 791 209