Amanda McKay joins us for episode 26 of the ‘Changing Construction’ podcast, the podcast designed to help people in Construction address the big challenges they face and discuss the key themes across the industry, breaking down stigmas, bringing awareness to issues and challenges, and hear from those at the forefront of change – sharing details on what is being done successfully across the UK in many different sectors of the industry. Amanda discusses the diversity and equality challenge within the industry.
Recap our previous episodes from the 'Changing Construction' podcast here:
- Episode 1 with Vicki Reynolds about Women in BIM and digital strategies here.
- Episode 2 with Sarah Fox about Construction contracts and avoiding disputes here.
- Episode 3 with Rob Charlton on the business case for Digital Twins here.
- Episode 4 with Paul Wilkinson on the digitisation of Construction here.
- Episode 5 with Dan Rossiter on the 'Digital Fluency' challenges here.
- Episode 6 with Ben Channon on mental wellbeing in the industry here.
- Episode 7 with Jacob Wardrop on getting rid of your document management system when nobody uses it here.
- Episode 8 with Paul Shillcock on ISO 19650 and information management processes here.
- Episode 9 with Dame Judith Hackitt on safer buildings and the golden thread of information here.
- Episode 10 with Jo Dodds on employee engagement and personal productivity here.
- Episode 11 with Kjersti Lerkerod on handling disputes amid the coronavirus situation here.
- Episode 12 with Paul Johnstone on successfully bidding for contracts here.
- Episode 13 with Najma Dunnett on managing contracts and disputes in a pandemic here.
- Episode 14 with Jeames Hanley on the importance of a digital strategy in a pandemic here.
- Episode 15 with Matt Bennion on growing through lockdown here.
- Episode 16 with Ann Bentley on surviving and thriving out of a crisis here.
- Episode 17 with Casey Rutland on 15 minutes of fame for Digital Transformation here.
- Episode 18 with Adrian Hill on how procurement can have a positive effect on the road to recovery here.
- Episode 19 with Gavin Crump on accelerating BIM in Australasia here.
- Episode 20 with Saul Humphrey on managing a crisis from the board room here.
- Episode 21 with Elinor Moshe on how to stand out in a crisis here.
Episode 22 with Dr Coenie Nel on personal development and the role of a Project Manager here.
Episode 23 with Fred Mills on changing the perception of construction here.
- Episode 24 with Shelley Lawrence on women in construction here.
- Episode 25 with Martin Geach and Shahida Rajabdeen on Information Management Delivery here.
Episode 26: Amanda McKay - The diversity challenge
We are joined by Amanda McKay, Quality Director for the Major Projects business within Balfour Beatty, to chat about the diversity challenge and the current state of the industry. We cover the current agenda around gender and equality, dealing with corporate rhetoric, attracting all talent to the industry, best practice tips for implementing diversity initiatives, such as reverse mentoring, overlooking diversity when times are hard, and the overarching impact of COVID-19.
Amanda McKay is the Quality Director for the Major Projects business within Balfour Beatty, her main area of work is Nuclear and highly regulated projects. Amanda has worked in the Construction and major projects sector for over 35 years, mainly with QHSE roles and corporate governance. She has experience in Nuclear, rail, renewables and oil and Gas.
Amanda is an out Trans Woman living in Glasgow, coming out at 49 in a senior construction role. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the Construction sector, regularly speaking on the topic, she also works to promote young people in STEM careers and is a mentor to a number of young people within the a number of sectors. She is a Fairness Inclusion & Respect ambassador and an OUTstanding top 100 LGBT Executive list member for the last two years. Amanda is a Chair of the Balfour Beatty LGBT+ and Allies network and Co Chair of the Gender Equality Network, she is also an Exec member of Building Equality nationally and Chair’s the central Scotland branch. Amanda has been a Trustee of the Chartered Quality Institute for six years and has been a Trustee and volunteer with a number of LGBT+ charities in Scotland.
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