Nikita Badesha is a Project Manager at Rider Levett Bucknall with experience on Infrastructure and large-scale Logistics schemes such as Very Light Rail, Blythe Valley Park, Peddimore and Mercia Park. Nikita joined the construction industry in 2019 having studied Business at the University of Nottingham. She was Shortlisted for the Young Surveyor of the Year Award 2020 for Project Management and the Constructing Excellence Midlands Future Leader Award 2021.
Nikita is hugely passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion across the construction industry. As a young member of the Construction industry herself, Nikita understands the importance of young people’s voices being acknowledged and understood, but also the difficulties they sometimes face achieving this. Her focus as Chair of G4C Midlands is to provide networking opportunities for the industry’s next generation of leaders where they feel safe and confident meeting new people.
Graduate Civil Engineer
I am a MEng Civil Engineering Graduate of Coventry University working for Mott MacDonald, based in the Birmingham office. My role has mainly focussed on highway design projects so far but also on site surveying and ground investigation. I am currently Junior Vice Chair for the Institute of Civil Engineers West Midlands Graduates and Students committee where we organise events to further continued professional development of members, networking and a range of workshops ranging from chartership best practice to special interests.
I spend most of my time outdoors when I can, hiking and wild camping in remote areas and road cycling. When confined to the city I like to keep fit through weight training, cooking (which goes well with eating), trying to learn a bass guitar and getting involved with local events. I am interested in local and regional history, particularly the industrial revolution and of the built environment, and that of the natural environment too.
Procure Partnerships Framework
I am currently a Key Account Manager at Procure Partnerships Framework covering the West of England. The Framework supports Public Sector bodies to appoint main contractors to deliver Capital Projects.
My role focusses on guiding the public sector through the procurement process and ensuring they get best value for money and assisting them where possible.
I graduated from Keele University, recently completed my Digital Marketing Diploma with CIM and have previously worked for a main contractor. Being a young professional in Construction, I understand it’s really important to widen your network, learn from people and to share best practice which is what G4C aims to do.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dog, reading, travelling to new places and going to the gym. I’m looking forward to growing the G4C Birmingham branch where possible to advocate the Construction industry to attract young and excited new people to it!
I work as a Marketing Coordinator for ERA Home Security with experience in content creation, social media management, web design and POS marketing.
My role primarily focuses on managing multiple social media channels, owning the co-ordination of marketing activity in line with marketing plans, and coordinating marketing requirements throughout the NPD stagegate processes.
As part of the G4C Midlands committee, I help in managing the marketing activity, advertising for our monthly breakfast networking events and socials that are held throughout the year.
I hope to use my skills to advertise to other young professionals in the industry, the benefit of G4C, enabling us to all come together and get our voices heard.
I look forward to continuing to build the G4C community
Trowers & Hamlins
Having initially established a strong foundation in all manner of general commercial litigation matters, I bring a wide breadth of knowledge and experience to bear on my current practice as a construction and engineering dispute resolution practitioner.
On a day to day basis I advise all manner of clients across various sectors in respect of construction and engineering disputes. I am commercially astute, and as a result am often engaged by clients at an early stage in a bid to circumvent escalation of issues between parties. If a dispute cannot be avoided, I will ensure my client is well placed to deal with any resulting proceedings which may arise.
A large part of my practice involves successfully advising clients how to manage the payment notice requirements in order to seek payment – or to avoid paying – monies due under construction contracts. I regularly represent parties in adjudication, mediation, and litigation. In 2019 I successfully advised RTS Construction Limited in avoiding payment of an erroneous adjudicator’s decision on a smash and grab adjudication (RTS Construction Limited v Signature Building Services Limited (2019)).
The Legal 500 2022 says: ‘Associate Adam Thompson is resilient in delivering exceptional results from complex contentious disputes. Adam goes the extra mile in any analysis.’
I currently work as a Structural Engineer at Waterman Group in Birmingham, a multidisciplinary consultancy providing sustainable solutions to meet the planning, engineering and project delivery needs of the property, infrastructure, environment and energy markets.
My role is primarily focussed on the design and delivery of building projects; ranging from light refurbishments and forensic remedial projects, to landmark retail, commercial and healthcare structures. I seek to deliver innovative, efficient and sustainable designs, which are inclusive of wider client and project goals.
I hope to use my skills and time in the Midlands G4C to push innovation and awareness in sustainability, digital and MMC, among both young professionals, and the more experienced members of the community.
Having started in the industry on Level 3 Apprenticeship and worked my way through several part-time qualifications during my career to date, I am also passionate about alternative career routes, and hope to highlight the benefits of these during my time with the committee.
I work as Digital Marketing Assistant for Cadcoe – the Construction and Design Centre of Excellence. Initially joining as a Marketing Apprentice, I have since achieved my Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications in Marketing.
As part of my role, I’m responsible for applying my knowledge in marketing to highlight the benefit Apprenticeship Programmes can bring to businesses within the construction industry, specifically for the digital sector.
As well as this, I’m responsible for finding new ways to attract the next generation of workers into CAD careers in construction. Being a G4C committee member, I’m able to see this work through to the next step – helping young professionals still relatively new to the industry, find their feet, build their own network and progress their careers even further.
I am a Safety Health Environmental Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility Graduate at Speller Metcalfe with experience in social value delivery, carbon reduction and recently been appointed the co-chair of Speller Metcalfe’s first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group. On a day-to-day basis, every day is different as each project is unique in its own way or has its own set of different challenges too!
Working in construction has appealed to me with my grandad, dad and cousin all working in construction/engineering so it’s always been part of my life. I knew it would be an industry I would enjoy after attending site visits with my dad at a young age and completing a work experience placement on the Elan Valley Aqueduct.
I began my career in the construction industry following completion of an Undergraduate teaching degree in Primary and Outdoor Education at Worcester University with a year abroad opportunity at Malmo University in Sweden. I then achieved a Distinction in my Masters in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology at Keele University. I’m excited to use my skill set, previous experience and enthusiasm of the environment, sustainability and behaviour change to work alongside the committee in providing opportunities and experiences to be heard for the industry’s next generation of leaders.
The G4C Midlands events started when I started my career and have made me realised the importance of widening your network, collaboratively and openly share successes and failures and being an advocate of introducing young people to construction and women working in the industry by trying to remove the stigma. I hope to use my skills and the G4C platform to influence change and help other young professionals feel inspired and help them achieve their goals.
Outside of work, I spend my time being an occasional helper at Rainbow and Brownie Unit and playing cornet for a brass band and. I also enjoy photography, sewing and baking – Jammy Dodger Blondies are a work favourite!
ONE Creative environments
I am an architectural design assistant at One Creative Environments, a multidisciplinary office, which has embedded the ethos of ‘teamwork’ into me. My role has focused on an array of projects including residential, commercial, and mostly healthcare. Following on from my University days as mental health champion for the Snowsports committee, I have helped build a great wellbeing team at One, where we organise events and CPD sessions to improve mental and physical health of staff.
My passion for construction stemmed from my interest in Victorian houses, with the intricate and well thought out details to the buildings. Throughout my path in architecture this has developed, and my interests widened to designing for ‘people’ and the involvement of urban design into the process, I then went on to write a dissertation that approached the idea of ‘walkable cities’ and its impact to the wellbeing of the citizens and it became apparent how important the 15-minute city is becoming, I therefore am eager in embedding these elements into the next generation of the construction industry.
In my own time I enjoy spending it either in the Gym or playing badminton, tennis or running. Annually I try and get myself on the slopes (on one plank), sitting at the top of the mountain having a coffee and bayleys – an all time favourite. As an avid eater, I love finding new places to eat or exploring different countries cultures by indulging in a few Danish pastries or escargots.
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