100 for 100 Series: Chey Godfrey | Wates

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

Chey Godfrey - ACT Manager, Wates Smartspace

Introduce yourself for us

Hi, so I’m Chey, ACT (Assurance Compliance Tool) Manager for Smartspace FM. Outside of work, I am a married mum, my son Sam is 11. My weekends consist of looking after a home and watching as much football as possible.

How long have you been in your current role?

6 years and 3 months.

What brought you to Wates?

I was previously a Shepherd FM employee, I transferred into Wates following the acquisition.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Be confident in your knowledge and skills. Don’t allow yourself to be daunted by entering a male dominated industry. Know your worth, work hard and you will gain the respect of your peers and colleagues. Don’t be afraid to challenge people or processes where improvements can be made.

Who are your role models?

My Mom, she was a single working mother of four doing a terribly demanding job, nursing! She taught me that women can have both a career and a family, if you are prepared to work hard. My mom showed me that determination and self-belief can help you achieve almost anything in life. Fortunately, I think I inherited her stubborn nature so as a result I don’t give up easily.

Baroness Karren Brady – her accomplishments inspire me, starting out as a trainee in Advertising and being appointed MD of Birmingham City F.C. at 23 to name a few. Karren is a fantastic champion of women in business – the fact that she received a CBE for her services to entrepreneurship and women in business speaks for itself.

Tell us something unusual about you

I was born in Zimbabwe and came to the UK 17 years ago…. I still speak the local language Shona

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

I’d love to see as many women as men in the industry, at all levels. It would be great to imagine a world where gender is not even a consideration in the workplace.

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