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Sandi Rhys Jones

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Sandi Rhys Jones, OBE


Since co-founding RhysJones Consultants in 1976, Sandi has worked for a wide range of clients, including consultants, contractors, suppliers, representative organisations, local and national government.

Sandi is a non-executive director of Simons Group, a construction, design and property company employing some 600 people with a turnover of £188 million. A member of the Audit Committee and of the Strategic Marketing Group, she has helped to establish innovative training and capacity building programmes. Prior to this, she was a non executive director of Docklands Light Railway Ltd from February 1998 to October 2000, when it became part of Transport for London.

An passionate advocate for engineering and construction, Sandi believes that performance would improve if more women were involved and has campaigned for many years for changes that would attract and retain them. She is Vice Chair of the Governing Body of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology, set up in 2004 and funded by DIUS to address the underrepresentation of women in these sectors following the Set Fair report by Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Sandi was appointed OBE in 1998 for her work promoting women in construction, became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2002 and awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2005.

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