100 for 100 Series: Danielle Brown | Wates

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

Danielle Brown - IT Security Manager, Wates Group Services

Introduce yourself for us

Hi, I’m Danielle and I’m the IT Security Manager here at Wates Group. I live in Hampshire with my partner and two rescue dogs that keep me very busy at the weekends, one of which is a part-time model (seriously!).

How long have you been in your current role?

I joined Wates 18 months ago.

What brought you to Wates?

Absolutely the people! The energy I observed during my interviews was absolutely infectious. I got a real sense that it was a company with great values and the journey they were on, particularly in regard to Information Security was really compelling.

I’d worked in global corporate organisations thorough-out my career, which afforded me lots of opportunity to travel and progress in my career, but I joined Wates because I felt I could make a real impact, and so far we’ve achieved some great things, and I’m really excited about everything still to come.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Be your authentic self and be confident in your abilities. There are lots of varied roles and what’s great to see are so many operational roles being led by women. I quickly learned that we we’re so much more than construction and the diversity within the industry, is continually growing.

Who are your role models?

This is tricky, as there aren’t specific role models per se. I admire women (and men) who have fought against adversity throughout history, and have strived for equality. A few inspiring women of note are Amelia Earhart for her pioneering career in aviation, Marie Colvin for her heroic journalistic career, Malala Yousefzai who advocated for girls rights and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Jessica Ennis for her athletic accomplishments, and far too more to mention…

This year the theme of International Women’s Day is Balance for Better. What does this mean for you personally?

We’ve made some progress on the equality front, but there is still so much more to do. When we’re still unable to elect a female President of the United States, despite being the most qualified person in the room.

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