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Esh seeks to inspire North East women into construction

The group's head of corporate affairs appeared as a 'male ally' when he addressed this year's Inspiring Females conference

Posted by Julian Owen | July 31, 2019 | Events

Esh Group sent along a ‘male ally’ - head of corporate affairs, Darush Dodds – to give a presentation to the 170+ female entrepreneurs gathered for this year’s Inspiring Females conference at Ramside Hall in Durham.

Addressing the annual event, organised by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Dodds said: “It’s very important we encourage more women to join the construction sector. Events like this help to signify the importance and highlight the roles that are available.”

Julie Underwood, Chamber director of international trade, chaired the day and said: “This is such an important event in the Chamber calendar, as we need to support our female entrepreneurs to punch above their weight. Often there are women in business who are reluctant to shout about their achievements.  This conference gives them an opportunity to showcase their experiences and inspire other females to develop their careers and businesses.”

Darush Dodds

Esh recently sponsored a mothers’ and daughters’ workshop at Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival, which aimed to offer insight for women looking to progress in the digital, advanced manufacturing, energy, utilities and construction industries.

The construction firm also runs an award-winning Get into STEM initiative, encouraging school children to engage with STEM activities through interactive workshops and the loan of construction resource kits. So far, Esh has worked with over 12,000 Early Years and Key Stage 1 students.

Dodds added: “We run 12 award-winning programmes in the areas we operate. Each year, these programmes allow us to engage 100x more females than we employ – we are doing our bit to raise awareness and aspirations of the fantastic career opportunities our industry has to offer.”

To find out more about Esh’s social value programmes and work in the community, visit

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