It was an ex partner with a roofing business that encouraged Shirl on to the tools when she was 18. He didn’t have to apply much pressure to teach Shirl the fundamentals of roofing, and to this day Shirl remains grateful for that opportunity because she found something she really enjoyed. Shirl certainly got no favors being a female, so sheer determination and the objective of “getting the job right” was Shirl’s absolute priority!! This soon silenced any skeptics. It was a big challenge to learn how to install roofing, and architectural wall cladding with associated flashing's but Shirl stuck at it and in time obtained The National Qualification in Metal Roof and Wall Cladding in 2006. Shirl says “I have always loved working outdoors and the physical nature of roofing. I think women approach things slightly different applying a certain feminine trait of wanting to do the job well adding what I call the finishing touches”. Shirl has over 30 years experience in the roofing industry, the last 9 years owning and operating Roof Rescue NZ Ltd.