Mandy Hickson announced as speaker for Women Installer’s Together event

The Women Installer’s Together event returns on Wednesday 6 July this year with its most exciting speaker yet.

“Mandy Hickson, the UK’s second woman fast jet fighter pilot’s story left me breathless,” said director of Stopcocks Group, Mica May. “Thanks to the event partnership with Williams Trade Only Plumbing and Heating Supplies, Mandy, the speaker we’ve wanted for the last couple of events has been confirmed.”

The event will take place at a new bigger venue, The Great Hall, London Metropolitan University in Holloway, supported by its other partner, Monument Tools.

The other major change is that all skilled tradeswomen are warmly invited to attend as well as trainees and women and girls interested in entering the construction and maintenance industries.

“This is a very big departure for us and one we’re incredibly grateful that our sponsors from the plumbing and heating world are flexible enough to support. There is still some space for sponsors from companies working with other trades and for industry-wide suppliers to join us.

“This is the only event at which companies and manufacturers can really show their commitment to wider inclusivity and find out what tradeswomen bring to the industry.

“One issue that is a big bugbear is the lack of really good quality, affordable workwear for women. On average it costs at least twice as much as men’s and rarely fits well – think, kneepads half-way down your shins and too much bulk around the waist making bending uncomfortable. We’d really love workwear manufacturers to sponsor the event and hear what tradeswomen have to say about what they need,” Mica added.

As always the event MC is Hattie Hasan MBE and it is first and foremost an opportunity for women working on the tools in the construction and maintenance industries to meet one another and share their experiences in networking sessions and round table discussions. Hearing stories from the only female pilot on her Front Line Tornado Squadron, flying fast jets for the Royal Air Force and operating in hostile environments will open eyes and ring a few bells for the tradeswomen in the room, with the clothing issue raising its head here too.

Regular sponsors Vaillant, Fernox and Impey will again be showing their support and new sponsors include Rated People, ADEY, Mark Vitow, Mira and LCL Awards.

Tickets are available here https://wit-event2022.eventbrite.co.uk, as always free for all tradeswomen.

A new category of ticket has been added for those interested in attending who are neither sponsors nor tradeswomen at the cost of £50 a head.

All attendees will receive a welcome pastry breakfast and lunch courtesy of Monument Tools.

Please contact mica@stopcocks.uk to discuss sponsorship of the event.