Entrants were asked to explain why they feel they are ‘Unstoppable’ women. Read Danielle’s story in her own words below:
My name is Danielle Miller, I am 25 years of age and I am busy working away to support diversity in the construction industry. Construction has now been a part of my life for the past 5 years. When I completed A-levels at college, I did not really know what career path I wanted to follow. The Construction Industry defiantly did not appeal to me as a young 16-18-year-old female.
Now I have experience being the Managing Director of 2 family run construction businesses I know that the construction industry is something I am very eager to pursue. Firstly, in my day job, I am responsible for operating the business from a financial point of view – Quarterly VAT Returns, Annual Tax Returns, Invoicing, Payroll and focusing on our relationships with credit accounts.
I undertake a lot of training, most recently completing ‘Managing Safely’ which was approved by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). I often work out on site, delivering materials and laying slates and tiles and gaining further knowledge about wo working on site – all be it, my slating and tiling could do with some improvement! In addition to the above, I have a few roles which I voluntarily undertake alongside my day job of being a managing director; I am an Ambassador for the WinR Organisation (Women in Roofing).
We hold annual meetings to encourage the industry to work together to build a stronger image and a more positive identity in the Trade. This has provided me with confidence to talk about diversifying the construction industry. This is defiantly not a male only industry. We have just taken on a female apprentice whom will work on the tools and complete an NVQ in roof slating and tiling. Following this, I have spent time working to develop a flat roofing estimating course along with a flat roof water proofing manufacturer, this course is now live and in its first stages of being presented to other roofing companies which will hopefully up-skill their workforce.
Being very keen to change diversity within the Construction industry, away from Roofing, I am an Ambassador for Go Construct and in this role, I aim to help, support and educate the vulnerable about the construction industry and its several sectors. I visit prisons, schools (primary and secondary), ex-military offices, job centres to chat and raise awareness about our fabulous industry. I am also a voluntary committee member of a local steering group in which are productively working alongside Lincolnshire Co-operative and Heritage Lincolnshire to bring an unused heritage building back into use. This a multimillion pound project to bring Caistor Market Place, the location of my salon, back to an original market place supporting local businesses. Doing all of the above keeps me very busy and if I had just that little bit of extra time I would defiantly spend it in the Skin Couture Salon!! Construction and Shellac go hand in hand!