"I gravitate towards warm smiles, clever thinking & kindness in business." For award-winning civil engineer Drenka Andjelic, good management is about creating a supportive, trusting and nurturing environment for staff and clients alike. She stands out for her unique and remarkable approach to business.
Drenka established Construction Assignments in 2006. As sole-owner and Managing Director, her vision remains the same now, as it did then, to “make things happen” in development, design, and construction. Construction Assignments provide a diversity of representation to investors and developers, managing the detail, and big picture, on projects. Drenka's positive attitude and strong leadership have seen Construction Assignments take on projects large and small, on land and sea.
Construction Assignments' name comes from Drenka's love of projects in primary school. In childhood project work, organising others and team work were personal strengths recognised with an array of awards and ribbons. Not much has changed, the recognition and rewards for being openly bossy, brutally honest and in-charge of good stuff continue. It's enriching and contagious.
With almost 25 years' experience in property and construction, Drenka's project management experience was amplified through roles at AMP Property Investments and Accor Hotels. Her strong business reputation, and that of Construction Assignments', has seen her receive industry recognition. Drenka has received awards including:
- NAWIC, CB Richard Ellis Businesswoman of the Year, 2011
- UTS 2011 Alumni Award, Faculty of Engineering and IT for her exceptional business leadership in a traditionally male dominated industry
In 2014, Drenka established the UTS Women in Engineering companion initiative 'one of the guys' where she serves as an accessible and inspirational mentor for young engineering students. One of the guys continues to enjoy success with several students well placed within the industry.
Drenka is also long standing Chair of the Property Council of Australia's Hotel Property Committee, 2015-2020. The committee’s mission is to represent the interests of the hotel property industry with a focus on planning reform and lobbying.