Michelle de Lima wins NAWIC VIC Businesswoman Award

4 September 2017

The women of Hickory recognised for their achievements in the construction industry at NAWIC's Awards for Excellence.

We are proud to announce that our Learning and Development Manager, Michelle de Lima is the winner of the National Women in Construction Businesswoman Award (VIC) for 2017.

Michelle has made a significant contribution to improving Hickory’s systems, processes and standards, and developed key initiatives that have steered the strategic direction of the business, since joining in 2015.

Establishing trusted relationships with the directors and key stakeholders of the business, Michelle has developed a clear understanding of Hickory’s complex self-performing construction process requirements, across a 500 plus workforce and multiple concurrent construction projects. She quickly identifies areas of improvement and leads the change transformation by building strong working relationships and driving capability development initiatives.

She’s worked with project teams to develop new quality standards and practices, and set performance based accountabilities, aligning Hickory’s product, people and processes. She’s been instrumental in creating role clarity and function, identifying areas requiring uplift in training and development. She has also led the development of clear accountabilities for all functional managers across Hickory’s construction and manufacturing businesses, contributing to the overall increase in productivity.

Congratulations also to Jenna Dunt on receiving a High Commendation in the Design Award category. 

Jenna was the sole draftsperson, documenting design for manufacture and assembly on the first project to utilise Hickory Building Systems, La Trobe Tower. In contributing to the development of this building system, she created a 3D model that could be used in the early consultation and tender stages of the La Trobe Tower project to demonstrate to the client, architects and engineers how their building could be redesigned to integrate with Hickory’s manufacturing systems and the benefits to be gained.  

We congratulate Sally Tang for her nomination in the Emerging Leader category.

Working on various high-profile construction projects, Sally has gained experience leading and coordinating teams to achieve client focused results. She has been a standout contributor to Hickory Group since joining the company in 2010 Gaining attention amongst her peers and leaders for her ability to identify challenges and work with others on solutions, Sally demonstrates great leadership potential. 

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