Why We’re Here
Our WISH Vision
- encouraging more women to choose careers in the affordable housing and construction sectors when they leave school, college or further education.
- addressing career progression for women already in these sectors, challenging stereotypes and barriers and encouraging successful behaviour.
The WISH name and concept was born in about 1998 when Nicola Dibb left working as Area Development Manager for Notting Hill Housing Trust in London and joined Housebuilder Alfred McAlpine, creating land led package deals for Housing Associations.
A couple of low key, informal WISH meetings were held in London over the years until Debra Constance, previously working for Catalyst Housing Association, joined Nicola in 2002 who was by now working at Wates Living Space. Debra had been to one of the WISH meetings, saw the potential, and encouraged Nicola to get WISH more formally launched.
By 2006 Nicola and Debra had both moved on from Wates and were working together as Business Development Managers at Osborne Homes. At this time they had a WISH logo designed along with a simple website and things started going from strength to strength.
After a series of successful networking events, Nicola and Debra realised that they couldn’t give WISH the time and effort it deserved – along with their day jobs! So – a Board of willing supporters was formed some of whom are still on the Central Board Committee to this day.
WISH also now have a paid admin Manager who is fundamental to the smooth running of WISH and supporting the setting up of new Regions. WISH are delighted that a number of Regions have now formed across the country.