Award Winners Jessica Pasfield, Pasfield Plumbing and Sonya Hughes, Hughes Plumbing Contractors with Alison Francis, Tradelink

Two women were jointly awarded the Tradelink Andrea Vogler Women in Business Award at the 2019 Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards, held on Friday 19 July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.

Jessica Pasfield from Pasfield Plumbing and Sonya Hughes from Hughes Plumbing Contractors were awarded for their outstanding contributions to their respective businesses, as well as encouraging the growth of female participation in the plumbing and gas industry.

The Women in Business Award, presented by Tradelink, is dedicated to Andrea Vogler who was heavily involved in the plumbing and gas industry. MPAQ Executive Director, Penny Cornah, said Ms Vogler was a pioneer for women in a male-dominated industry.

“It is encouraging to see our industry recognise two strong female role models with this award,” said Ms Cornah. 

Since Jessica Pasfield and her husband Dan started their business they haven’t looked back. They won the Service Excellence award last year, and innovation and goal setting is something that Jessica strives for in business every day. She is also currently in her first year as a plumbing apprentice and has already been approached by a number of ladies, both at industry events and online, interested in her journey and how they too could get involved.

Sonya Hughes first got involved in the industry when her son, who is now the director of the company, started his apprenticeship in 2011. She believes leadership stems from strength and collective positive steps forward within a company, from both the director and employees across to the customers and stakeholders. Ensuring customers are the priority and recognising, rewarding and valuing the hard work of employees are at the forefront of Sonya’s day to day business processes.

Hosted by Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ) in partnership with Event Partner Tradelink, the Plumbing and Gas Industry Awards aim to highlight the hard work and dedication invested into the industry by apprentices, plumbers, gasfitters, hydraulic consultants and other industry individuals.

This year the sell-out awards recognised individuals and companies in 18 categories and hosted VIPs including the Minister for Housing and Public Works, Digital Technology and Sport, the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, the Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works, Energy, Innovation and Digital Technology, Michael Hart MP, State Secretary for the Plumbers Union Qld, Gary O’Halloran and Commissioner of the Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Brett Bassett.

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