Kate Tinsley, managing director of Ibstock’s Clay Division, has scooped one of the top prizes at the ‘Women in Business Awards 2019’ after being recognised for her outstanding achievements in the construction sector.
The fifth annual Leicestershire Live Women in Business Awards took place at the Leicester City FC King Power Stadium earlier this month, to ‘celebrate the achievements of the most successful female entrepreneurs and professionals across the region’.
Kate, the first ever female managing director of Leicestershire-based Ibstock, picked up the ‘Women in Construction’ Award at the ceremony for her ongoing contribution to the UK’s construction market.
With 20 years leadership experience, Kate was recognised by the judges for being one of only a handful of women that has reached the top of a largely male dominated construction industry.
In her role, she is responsible for the performance and strategic direction of both the Ibstock Brick and Ibstock Kevington brands, ensuring the company maintains and enhances its number one market position. With 1,500 employees across 21 manufacturing sites nationwide and 18 special shapes and component factories, the company produces over 450 different brick types, playing a fundamental part in the development of the UK’s built environment.
Kate was also commended for the role she is playing in helping attract more women to think seriously about the exciting career opportunities available in construction, which includes her ambassador role for the #YesSheCan campaign, an initiative aimed at tackling gender inequality in the workplace that encourages women in business to take the next step and have more underlying self-belief.
Kate Tinsley said: “It’s very humbling to be recognised with such a prestigious award so I am absolutely delighted to have won. It makes me extremely proud that I am having a positive impact and helping to inspire more and more women to reach their goals, whether this is in construction or other industry sectors.”