Having championed equitable opportunities in the property and construction industry for over 35 years, MBM Founding Director David Madden was announced as the recipient of the ADCO Champion of Change award at the recent 2023 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence. Accepting the award on Thursday night, David noted “By welcoming, initiating, and agreeing to changes within your organisation, you can ensure that everyone aspires to a career and a position they have the gift and talent to succeed in“. Since the 1990s David has advocated for the recognition of female construction and property professionals, and is now proud to lead a team with the highest proportion of women while vocally campaigning for their accelerated progression to leadership roles.
Founding Director of Cerulean Anna Verghese, who provided the supporting testimonial for David’s submission, commented on his success at this year’s NAWIC Awards for Excellence. Spotlighting the insights David has shared with her as a friend and advocate throughout her career, Anna reflected on how his mentorship has shaped her professional approach.
“What I continue to learn from Dave is the need to take calculated risks, but also be consistent; to do the hard work, but also be smart and creative”, she said.
Amidst bustling projects, David’s commitment to uplifting women within and beyond the firm is clear. David makes himself available to anyone who asks for help and actively participates in impactful industry programs including the NAWIC Mentorship Program. Igniting change through both internal strategies and external initiatives, David contributes to nurturing a vibrant community and fostering the next generation of female leaders in construction.
David’s Champion of Change award shines a spotlight on the inclusive culture he’s driven at MBM. The firm dedicates itself to offering initiatives that drive equal opportunities in the construction industry and foster the recognition of merit in a gender-equitable way. Stemming from David’s influence, MBM provides mentorship programs, skill development workshops, external training opportunities, female representation in decision-making at an executive level, networking events, international women’s day activities, and organisational support to NAWIC. Flexible working arrangements and enriched benefits, like extended maternity leave, illustrate MBM’s commitment to empowering women beyond the work environment.
David Pearson – CEO, commended David Madden for his long-term commitment to advancing the professional interests of women. He remarked “Being honoured by the industry for years of advocation is a fantastic accomplishment for David, and it’s truly humbling to have a champion of change within our organisation. Alongside finalists Danny Yo and Jason Spears, we are thrilled to see impactful male figures promoting greater inclusivity of women in the Australian construction industry. Most importantly, progress is underway towards increasing gender-equality and the recognition of women’s achievements in construction, and MBM is proud to play a role in driving this important shift.”
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting the empowerment of women and striving for gender-equality in construction and related industries. NAWIC showcases the professional accomplishments of women in the field and celebrates male drivers of change at their annual NAWIC Awards for Excellence.