Welcome to the website of Katie Cranes aka Katie Kelleher

Katie Kelleher started working in sales while at university and continued in sales for the next 10 years, moving from mobile phones, to publication advertising sales, websites and finally ending up working as a trades and labour recruitment consultant. In October 2014 after much deliberation and CV sending she started a huge career change and started as the first female on the Lifting Technician apprenticeship with Select / Laing O’Rourke, this apprenticeship enabled her to operate Tower cranes, Mobile Cranes, Crawler Cranes, Pedestrian cranes, do Slinging/Signalling, Traffic marshalling and MEWPS.

She is passionate about women in construction and Apprenticeships has often spoke about her difficulties and experiences working as a women within the construction industry, as well as championing apprenticeships for all, she is a STEM Ambassador has spoken at schools and college events to inspire people into the industry, taken part in parliamentary committees on apprenticeships, and has appeared on London Live,  BBC breakfast, BBC 100 Women season, the Metro and Stylist magazine.

In 2016 she was appointed as a board member for the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce chaired by TFL commissioner Mike Brown, aimed at getting more apprentices in transport. Katie won Infrastructure Apprentice of the year while working at Crossrail, in 2017 and the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award in Construction, she has recently been awarded  as one of the WES Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018, a Semi Finalist  for the Construction News Inspire Me award and recently been named by Construction News as one of 15 ones to watch in 2019!

Katie Kelleher is working hard to try and change the face of construction by openly encouraging more apprentices and more women into the field and by using herself as a role model. Actively using social media across many platforms to showcase her experiences and the benefits of working within the industry.

Katie has been very lucky in her short career to work on two major infrastructure projects in London – Crossrail at Tottenham Court Road and is currently working on the Tideway project.

Personal Life –

In her spare time Katie collects retro games and consoles and has currently over 1000 games across ranging from the ZX Spectrum, Mega Drive, SNES to the more recent PS4.

  • Favorite console – MEGA CD………………….and Mega drive

She also collects trainers and spends a lot of time cherishing her beloved Z4M which has seen a few trips around Europe and a good few laps around the Nurburgring.

Other hobbies include enjoying city breaks, nice cocktails and trialing new restaurants.