ACT Contacts


All the ACT Chapter Council members are volunteers and can be contacted by email. If you have an urgent enquiry, please email the National Office or ph 1800 767 977. 



Lisa DART - Project Coordination (Australia) Pty Ltd

Lisa has held many roles in the construction industry in both the public and private sectors and has found a real passion for the built environment.  She loves the diversity of working in construction, the daily challenges, being on site and the mate-ships that have developed. There are so many different facets to the industry and Lisa believes that there is a real and significant place for women in construction. Lisa is a true advocate of women in the construction industry promoting the skills and qualities that cannot be learnt by formal training but are natural attributes that women have and are so required in this changing industry.  Lisa is the Company System Manager for Project Coordination (Australia) Pty Ltd and the Chair of the ACT Construction Industry Safety Reference Group.


Vice President 


Amanda Laverie - Daryl Jackson Alastair Swayn

Amanda Laverie is an Associate with over 20 years’ experience in architecture and interiors. She has worked on many diverse projects, including extensive experience on corporate and government fitout projects. She loves the satisfaction of seeing designs built as a collaborative process between all stakeholders. Amanda has also been teaching Building Design and Interior Design at CIT for a number of years, and is passionate about encouraging and mentoring women in construction, and bringing them together to support each other.




Fiona Doherty - Rider Levett Bucknall

Fiona is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (FRICS & FAIQS) with over 26 years’ experience and is currently a Director of Rider Levett Bucknall in the ACT. Fiona has been involved with NAWIC ACT since 2009 as a Council Member, Treasurer and National Director in 2011. She is the recipient of the NAWIC ACT Crystal Vision Award (2011) and AIQS Infinite Value Awards 2014 Women in Construction and Professional of the Year. She is also a member of the PCA Diversity Committee.
Fiona has a passion for promoting diversity in Property and Construction to highlight the importance and benefits of inclusiveness in organisations




Kim Raysmith

With a background in international importing, wholesale and design, Kim entered the construction industry over 12 years ago via the health infrastructure sector in Western Australia.  Kim has worked on several complex hospital development projects in WA and the ACT, fulfilling design coordination and project management roles.    Kim presently works as a Senior Project Manager for TSA Management delivering Health and Aged Care Facilities within the ACT and neighbouring districts.   

Kim is an energetic and passionate advocate for women in construction.  As the new Secretary to the ACT chapter, her objectives are to assist members and promote NAWIC in the local community.  Kim hopes to develop positive and supportive networks between likeminded women and construction colleagues in Canberra and throughout Australia.


Sponsorship Chair 


Kristine Scheul – Capital Metro

Kristine joined NAWIC in 2007 and became Chair of the ACT members of the NSW/ACT Chapter as it then was. After a few years she helped found the ACT Chapter of NAWIC and served as President of the ACT Chapter for over two years. She has a long history and background in Construction having been the Construction Partner at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers for several years before moving to Brisbane and joining Thiess. During her time in Brisbane Kristine was the Project Lawyer on both the Airport Link Project and the Victorian Desalination Project.   Kristine is currently working as the Project Lawyer for Capital Metro on the light rail project.
Kristine is very passionate about the role of women in the construction industry and has both mentored and been mentored by some of the most talented and innovative women in the industry. She is of  the view that the ACT Chapter of NAWIC is uniquely placed to influence great change for women in the industry and looks forward to being a part of NAWIC’s continued growth in Canberra.


Marketing Chair 


Bernadette Hardy – Bellwood Hardy
Bernadette Hardy (nee Bellwood) is Principle of Bellwood Hardy, an Interior and product design studio. Raised within in a family joinery business, Bernadette has come to understand all facets of the architecture and design industry. She has worked as a buyer and international distributions manager for the local Australian market, a business development manager with one of Australia’s leading publishing house Indesign Media Group; and sales and marketing mentor to numerous industrial and interior designers within Australia. Well connected through the construction industry and passionate about collaboration between women & men within the construction industry Bernadette hopes to raise the profile of NAWIC within the ACT region in the role of Marketing Officer.

Membership Chair 

  Jacquelin Howard – Collins Caddaye Architects
Jacquelin began her career in the construction industry after graduating with a Master in Architecture in 2011.  Jacquelin has been fortunate to gain a wealth of experience while working as an Architect for a reputable local architectural firm; Collins Caddaye Architects.  She enjoys the complexities of projects regardless of typology and budget. She brings experience in institutional projects and contract management to all of her endeavours. Her strong belief in open and honest communication is evident in her relationships with colleagues, clients and consultants.
Jacquelin has great belief in the positive impact that women have in the construction industry. For this reason, Jacquelin is an advocate for NAWIC as she is passionate about raising the profile and awareness of women in the industry.

Professional Development Chair 


Rudi Schneider
Rudi has been a supporter of women in construction for many years.  As a Project Manager with the Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council he was an Award supporter for NAWIC in Queensland and Victoria, and the Crystal Vision sponsor in the ACT.  He was also a supporter of the Women into Building project on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.
Now retired, Rudi is continuing his support through membership of the NAWIC ACT Council as its first male councilor.


Events Chair 


Jayne Garzotta – Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Having completed a Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Jayne has obtained valuable project delivery experience across a broad range of sectors including but not limited to Commercial, Federal Government and Healthcare within the Canberra Market.
As a result, Jayne has been able to hone her skills in both Project Management and Contract Administration processes and understands the key principals of time, quality and cost related to a successful project delivery. This experience and industry exposure has assisted in solidifying Jayne’s appointment as a Project Engineer for JLL.
Fulfilling the role of events chair of the NAWIC ACT Chapter, Jayne is excited about NAWIC’S prospects and is committed to building relationships with local members of the construction industry.


Council Members


Kim Sinclair
Kim is a relative newcomer to the construction industry, gaining experience in her seven years at executive level and recently appointed as CEO with CHC Affordable Housing.
This unique opportunity has allowed her to work at a strategic level of project planning through to working closely with consultants and project managers across a range of activities required to deliver a successful project.  Construction projects undertaken by the organisation range from simple refurbishments, knock-down rebuilds and new build detached housing to multi-unit apartments.  
She enjoys the many facets of the industry, and with the organisation’s retention of selected completed dwellings in the organisation’s rental portfolio, is a proponent that a person’s health and well-being is improved by quality housing. 
NAWIC provides Kim an opportunity to meet with like-minded women with a common goal to actively improve women’s participation in the construction industry and give back to the community which has been supportive of her career.



Elise Miles Simonovski
Elise is an ACT Registered Architect and Lead Interior Designer for a Commercial Architectural firm in Canberra. For a relatively young designer she has achieved a great deal of acclaim and experience across many areas of the construction industry in both Interior Design and Architecture. Elise contributes to teaching the next generation of design professional’s at Canberra Institute of Technology and has also taught at the University of Canberra. Education is a cause close to her heart as Elise considers this an important influence on the Design and Construction Industry.
Elise also enjoys her participation in NAWIC; actively perusing an inclusive environment for women in all areas of the Construction Industry and believes all will benefit from support and encouragement of Women in the construction industry.