Royal International

Convention Centre

600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane


Friday 1 March 2024


Join us at AWIC’s 7th International Women’s Day Lunch on 1 March, to recognise and celebrate all the awesome woman in our community.

Event Details: 11.30am Event Registration, 12pm – 2.30pm Main Lunch Event
2.30pm – 3.30pm Networking with Industry Colleague

Guests will enjoy a delicious two course lunch, drinks, and the infamous lolly bar, while hearing from awesome keynote speakers.

Every year International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8, and is a day to recognise women’s achievements, reflect on progress, and call for change in support of women’s rights and overcoming the barriers that perpetuate gender inequality.


Kristina Charchalis-Rana

Brand & Corporate Manager at Alder Constructions

Kristina has been a valued member and committee member of AWIC for many years and in 2022 became Chairperson of AWIC! We can’t wait to see what this year has in store for Kristina, and we are looking forward to hearing from her as our awesome event emcee!

As Brand and Corporate Manager, Kristina brings an intuitive and innovative approach to Alder Constructions’ marketing systems and commercial strategies, and is passionate about advocating for women in the industry.

“As a leader within our organisation, my passion to create a more diverse, inclusive and balanced workplace has cultivated an environment where gender barriers are removed and women in construction are supported, promoted and valued. This translates to a more ‘humanised’ workplace and supports the corporate responsibilities we hold high.”


Karen Johnson

WHSE Compliance Coordinator, Austral Masonry Ayr

Karen Johnson has been with Brickworks now for 16 years under Austral Masonry, starting in administration then moving to production assistant.

With the Masonry business growing to meet supply demands, she was given the opportunity to implement the company’s WHS management system within the site and quarry operations. Karen then added WHS supervisor to her role. During this time, she gained valuable insight into all manufacturing and quarry operations. It has been a long hard journey for her starting from administration and moving slowing through the organisation to become plant manager after 15 years.

You might ask why she has stuck around for so long? It’s because of the company and she loves her job. Every day is different, and her passion is safety in the workplace.


Angela Hucker

CEO, Empowering People In Construction (EPIC)

Meet Angela Hucker, the CEO and powerhouse behind EPIC and a construction industry expert with over 20 years of diverse experience within the industry.

Her journey began tending her father’s commercial landscaping business, before mastering locksmithing and becoming one of just two Queensland women skilled in these intricate systems. Angela has a remarkable portfolio including power, oil and gas, renewables, infrastructure, commercial, civil, mega-projects, and even a spotlight on US TV Show “Mega Structures”. Angela’s firsthand experience as a FIFO worker in remote corners of Australia fuelled her mission to eradicate the challenges women face in the industry, from harassment to discrimination.

As an AWIC Committee Member, White Ribbon Australia Community Partner, Internationally Certified Coach and inspiring mentor, Angela is a force to be reckoned with, reshaping the industry, and inspiring us all.


Linn Batey

Linn Batey is the co-owner and Business & Construction Manager at Nyblad Construction, a renovation builder on the Sunshine Coast. Last year she obtained her Site Supervisor Licence – Medium Rise and was also named Outstanding Woman in Trade and Exceptional Business Manager at the 2023 AWIC Awards as well as taking out the Women in Building award at the Sunshine Coast Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards.

Linn’s commitment to the industry is underpinned by her 16 years of industry experience and her academic achievements. Boasting a Bachelor of Business, and three industry diplomas in Estimating, Project Managing and Building and Construction, she has also worked across the new-homes, insurance, and renovation sectors. She is also a respected mentor to other women in the industry through Women in Building Australia and regularly speaks at local schools about a career in construction as a member of Master Builder’s Industry Champion initiative.


Jean Cullen

Jean has worked in the steel and logistic industry for 12 years. For the last 10 years she has made a significant contribution in the roll forming businesses in the Northern Territory and North Queensland using her unique problem-solving capabilities to ensure smooth transitions from front of office order entering to manufacture to logistics and loading. Jean has a solutions-based philosophy and a great work ethic that enables her to find results to most situations. Engaging people and assisting them to be as passionate as she is about Steel!

Jean has worked on many large projects with great success in meeting deadlines and smooth delivery of product. Complex remote deliveries and tight timelines being a favourite logistical challenge.

As a leader in the BlueScope Lysaght business, Jean is passionate about the people products and the safe delivery of them, ensuring all her staff members embrace the industry as she does. She has a fresh outlook on the business and brings innovation, strong leadership, and unwavering passion to her team.

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