Leading Preconstruction for John SISK and Sons, North and Major Projects Business is Rebecca Hartshorn BEM. She holds a BA Hons Degree in Architecture, a Certificate in Architectural Practice and an MSc in Construction Management and is a Fellow of the CIOB. Rebecca’s career path has graduated from that of site engineering through the design management of multiple projects nationwide to the leadership of preconstruction and framework management. She has worked in a wide variety of sectors on national projects, ranging in value from £10-200 Million. Rebecca is also a trained BREEAM AP and Assessor with significant expertise in sustainable construction.
Rebecca is a seasoned STEM Ambassador, CIOB Ambassador and Construction Ambassador with the CITB and has been heavily involved with these schemes for over 15 years. She is embedded in Derby College’s Professional Construction Education and Skills Academy, where she was the Chair of the Local Advisory Board for 6 years and continues to take residence on the board alongside mentoring and lecturing. She has also been involved in the creation of Trailblazer Apprenticeships and Technical Level Qualifications. In 2014, she also joined Derby University’s Technology Advisory Board.
In 2007, Rebecca was voted one of Construction News’ 30 Future Leaders of the Industry and in that same year a national finalist in both the Atkins Inspire Awards and the Real Business - Women of the Future Awards (sponsored by Shell). In 2014, 2016 and 2017, she was also a finalist in the Inspire Awards “Outstanding Woman in Construction” category and between January 2015 and 2018; Rebecca represented the UK Built Environment on the CITB Council. More recently, she has taken up post on the newly formed CIOB SIG for Diversity. Rebecca is also part of Sisk’s own and Diversity and Inclusion forum and champions female and diverse leadership within her business.
Rebecca is passionate about promoting the industry, not only within educational establishments but also with her peers. She is particularly keen to facilitate opportunities for emerging talent. She is one of the longest standing committee members of NAWIC, having founded the East Midlands region in 2015 and from 2016-2017 was the National Chair. In 2016, she was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours in recognition of her contribution to skills and industry, being the youngest person in Derbyshire to have ever received this honour.