Skanska’s Facilities Services managing director Katy Dowding has won the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award for 2013.
The award was announced at the 11th Annual Women in the City Celebration Lunch held at Plaisterers’ Hall, London.
On presenting the Woman of Achievement Award, Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Fiona Woolf said: “I am delighted to present this award to Katy in recognition of her service in a high-profile role.
“Businesses need to make sure they employ a true meritocracy that enables the best people to rise to the top, regardless of their background, in order to capture the benefits of diversity. Women in the City is a force for good in the business community.”
Within Skanska, as managing director of Skanska’s Facilities Services operation Ms Dowding manages a business with 600 employees and turnover of £70m.
She is only the second woman to hold a managing director role in Skanska UK and the first for the facilities business.
On winning the Woman of Achievement Award, Ms Dowding said: “It really is a great honour to receive this award and to be recognised by such an inspiring group of women.
“I am a strong supporter of women in business, particularly in the facilities and construction sectors.
“I hope this award encourages fellow women in my industry to be brave - to be yourself, develop your skills and grab those opportunities when they come along.
“Thank you to all of those people who have helped me over the years.”
The award’s judging panel was chaired by Cranfield International Research Centre for Women Leaders director Susan Vinnicombe.
The main Woman of Achievement Award prize for 2013 includes a place on the prestigious Accelerated Development Programme delivered by the University of Chicago Booth School of Business at its London campus.
Ms Dowding was the winner of the facilities management category, which is sponsored by Gather & Gather and MITIE, as well as being endorsed by the Facilities Management Association.
Eight finalists, who each won their categories, competed for the overall prize and award having progressed through a three-stage judging process.