100 for 100 series: Charlotte Handy | Wates

Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Charlotte Handy shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.

Charlotte Handy - Design Manager, Wates Construction

Introduce yourself for us

I’m Charlotte Handy. I’m a design manager for Southern Home Counties region in Wates Construction.

How long have you been in your current role?

I’ve been a design manager at Wates for 13 years.

What attracted you to the job?

I started life as a project manager for Homebase, and I decided that didn’t want to work in the retail industry directly. So I put my CV out and went for two different jobs, one for Wates Construction and one for M&S. I chose Wates because I decided I wanted to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

I would say don’t discount the construction industry because you think it’s a male environment. There are many options for ladies within the construction industry and I am living proof of that. I never thought I would be in this industry, and I’m very proud to be here.

Tell us something unusual about you

I did a theatre design degree and I am a stage manager for an amateur dramatics company. It’s very time consuming, but I love it and it’s a creative outlet for me.

What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time?

I would like for better environmental policies to be put in place – the oceans to be clean, and for us to have eradicated plastics and environmental damage.



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