ConCOVE – Women's Advisory Group announced

The Accord is proud to be part of a consortium leading the Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence (ConCOVE).

ConCOVE will focus on how construction-related vocational education can be applied to help fix the industry's long-standing skills challenges. A key focus being how we broaden the diversity of people working in the industry and improve outcomes for priority groups.

In March, ConCOVE began the process of setting up three key advisory groups – Māori, Pasifika and Women, seeking to capture the lessons, the gaps and the solutions from all sectors of the community.

ConCOVE has announced 12 wahine toa from the sector who will make up the Women's Advisory Group, including Katherine Hall, a Senior Workstream Advisor for the Accord's People Development workstream in the Accord Transformation Unit.

  • Carena Parish, Southbase Construction
  • Kelly Bennett, BCITO
  • Dr Troy Coyle, HERA
  • Natasha Nansen, Unitec and KiwiRail
  • Mackenzie Asby, Northpower
  • Katherine Hall, Construction Sector Accord
  • Theresa Rongonui, Skills Consulting Group
  • Kari Pearcey, FloorNZ and Allied Trades Institute
  • Nicky Smith, HEB Construction
  • Claire Johnson, Hunter Civil
  • Elizsabeth Watson, Stone Roofing Limited
  • Kylie Tafford, Whangarei Girls High School

These women bring with them a high level or knowledge and expertise from all across the sector, and the Accord is confident that this new advisory group, alongside Māori and Pasifika advisory groups, will deliver positive outcomes for diversity and inclusion in the sector.

Learn more about the Women's Advisory Group(external link) -

Last updated: 24 May 2021