We are very proud that our own superstar Business Manager Krissy Danford has been recognised for her hard work by the NAWIC-BCITO judges. Krissy is a finalist in this year’s Construction Services category.
Krissy joined Johnstone Construction in 2017 as Company Administrator to manage the finances, head office and administration functions and to work with the other executive team members on operations, health & safety, marketing and contract administration. Since then she has been promoted to Administration and Finance Manager and been invited onto the Johnstone Construction Advisory Board on which she holds the position of Board Secretary.
True to her form Krissy relished the opportunity to apply her business administration and organisational skill set to work in a new industry. Having previously worked in the Public Education and Healthcare sectors, the construction industry was a completely new environment for Krissy.
Krissy wowed the judges with her commitment to the company and the role through her work to streamline the Johnstone Construction accounts and administration processes to give better visibility to the Commercial Team. Now all claims information and creditor invoices are at the team’s fingertips which has assisted greatly with controlling project costs.
Krissy has also been pivotal in fostering a positive team environment, connecting the office and the site, by arranging monthly e-newsletters that go out to the entire company and initiating bi-monthly company-wide team meetings. This has supported the growth of the team culture, and supports the company values of commitment, integrity and teamwork as the teams enjoy getting together to share their work-life stories and events that have been taking place, acknowledge achievements and address any concerns.
Krissy has also stepped up outside of her company role by becoming the National Treasurer for the not-for-profit Women In Trades (WIT). Krissy has been instrumental in not just managing the organisations finances but organising the Johnstone Construction digger to be available for women to “have a go” on at the WIT events - a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of them!
Krissy was delighted to complete her Diploma of Business in December 2018 after studying part-time over the past couple of years. To her this was a great personal achievement as she had taken on more responsibilities in the workplace whilst also ensuring she met her study commitments to complete her qualification.
A keen recreational cyclist Krissy organised for Johnstone Construction branded cycling gear for the other cyclists in the company and their family members. It is worn by bike commuters, recreational cyclists and a professional cyclist, all of whom are raising awareness of Johnstone Construction. It has been seen as far away as on the National news in Canada when it was worn by a cyclist in an Elite Women’s cycling event.
Krissy unfortunately will not be able to make the Awards evening but she has a good excuse, in addition to all her amazing feats above she is adding Everest Base Camp to the list.
Managing Director, Hugh Johnstone, cannot imagine the team without Krissy;
“She is the quiet achiever who goes out of her way to get things done. We are so proud that her talents are being recognised by the wider industry and even though she cannot be at the awards evening we will be there to honour her efforts and that of the other hard working women in the construction industry.”