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Meet the Team – Liz Rickard, FD

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Liz is a graduate structural engineer and champion of women in engineering and construction. 

Her company, Highwire Ltd, was founded in 1997. The aim of the business is bringing new focus to professional height safety, providing structurally‐proven safe access at height. The company specialises in high-level access on some of the UK’s largest building projects. She has been interviewed on BBC North West Tonight and BBC Radio Manchester as well as various other media organisations

Liz speaks confidently about: 

  • Construction & engineering
  • Women in engineering
  • Science & technology in education
  • Height safety

She began her career in the construction industry 24 years ago as a graduate engineer. Working with a consulting engineers company in Manchester, she gained significant experience in structural design and assessment, client liaison, project management, loss adjustment, CDM supervision and tender assessment. Her focus was historic building remedial works and conservation, an area in which she still undertakes private consultancy work.

Since 2003, Liz has been Financial Director and Head Engineer of Highwire Ltd, as well as a co‐owner.

Taking Highwire forward

Since joining Highwire, Liz has consolidated the company’s financial and legal status and ensured that the correct support systems are in place to achieve a consistently high-quality service whilst expanding their operations.

A member the British Safety Industry Federation height safety group, Liz advises the BSI and HSE on industry standards. Consequently, she is actively working to raise standards and awareness within the height safety sector. For over 10 years she has worked with top international experts studying the dynamic engineering principles for height safety products.

Liz actively promotes improving the image of the construction industry. Also, she is a keen advocate of skills retention in the sector. As a result, she guided Highwire Ltd through the process of piloting the BEFaIR framework for the Construction Industry Training Board and as a senior member of The Women’s Engineering Society is working on a BSI committee for Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace.

In 2016 she has accepted an invitation to judge for the Women In Construction and Engineering awards, an area in which she is passionately active.

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