Sandi Rhys Jones OBE

Sandi has worked in engineering and construction for nearly 40 years, specializing in management and marketing for a wide range of clients, including contractors, consultants and suppliers, representative organisations and local and national government departments in the UK and abroad. Her range of experience, combined with communication skills, has given her a reputation as an effective chair, independent facilitator and inspirational speaker.

She is an experienced non-executive director in public and private sector organisations, having been on the boards of EngineeringUK, the Docklands Light Railway, construction and development company Simons Group and the Royal Marines Museum.  She was also chair of a charity that provided training in the construction trades for women.

Sandi is skilled in the management editing and drafting of complex engineering and construction documents, including international conditions of contract for engineering projects, good practice manuals and procurement guidelines. Following completion of the MSc course in Construction Law & Arbitration at Kings College London she trained as a mediator.

Sandi is a committed advocate of the importance of engineering and the built environment to society, particularly the role of women, and has participated in a number of government/industry committees and initiatives. She has developed a number of good practice programmes, particularly in relation to recruitment and retention issues, and has developed innovative mentoring and coaching schemes, practical toolkits and guidelines, training programmes and seminars.  

As an employer, Sandi has direct experience of recruiting, retaining and developing staff.  She has also worked with higher and further education bodies, and with organisations running training and accreditation schemes.

She currently leads the national mentoring programme for the Association of Women in Property in the UK, including a schools outreach programme and delivers diversity training programmes on subjects including unconscious bias, effective assessment, talent management and conflict management.

Sandi was appointed OBE in 1998 for her work promoting women in construction, became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building in 2002, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 and was appointed a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute in 2012.