Louise has worked with WOMEN’STEC for over 10 years teaching Carpentry, Joinery, and Furniture-Making for women and girls of all ages. 

Louise was born in New Zealand and grew up on a farm.  She developed a passion for working with wood as a child and often worked with her father in his workshop from an early age.  She has completed First and Second Assessment Carpentry and Trade Certificate in Joinery NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) as well as holding a Certificate in Teaching from Ulster University with Distinction.

She has over 25 years’ experience, and has done a range of jobs including kitchen installations, shop fitting, project management, furniture making, and teaching.   

Louise tells us, “I love working with wood and I’m passionate about teaching practical skills such as DIY and carpentry.  Being able to do simple jobs and using a drill are life skills everyone should have.  I would definitely encourage girls to consider a career in joinery and to look into apprenticeship opportunities.”

Working as a Joiner or Carpenter is #notjustforboys!