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Carol-Anne Williams

Head of Procurement, Laing O'Rourke

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date? 

Working in non-inclusive environments from time to time.


Who has inspired you (male or female)?

Nelson Mandela, for his leadership qualities of inclusion and courage.

What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

Always keep a balance of professional vs personal.

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

Courage, calm, optimistic, engaged, listening, fun (regardless of gender).

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life? 

Be the reason someone smiles today.

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

Creating a truly inclusive environment for all – my focus is make a step change for people of disABILITY to be able to be included in society and the workplace.



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