100 for 100 Series: Emma Rees | Wates

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

Emma Rees - BIM Manager, Wates Construction

Introduce yourself for us

My name is Emma Rees and I’m a BIM Manager for Construction Northern Home Counties.

How long have you been in your current role?

I’ve been in my current role for a year and a half now but have worked in the construction industry for over a decade

What brought you to Wates?

It was really a combination of location and the company itself. Wates has a great reputation and looked like a good company to work for.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

I think one of the biggest challenges women face is that they don’t see themselves working in our industry. People generally think of the hands-on practical roles and forget about the different management roles available behind the scenes. I think the fact there is a career for everyone within construction needs to be highlighted. There are lots of transferable skills that could be used within our industry, as there is such a vast spread of roles available.

Who are your role models?

My Nan. She was determined, independent and brilliant. She broke into the “man’s world” of work at a time when women were expected to stay at home and she enjoyed a long, successful career whilst raising a family. She instilled drive and ambition in me and made me realise that being born a certain sex does not put any limitations on your potential.

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

To get the best out of anything you have to have balance. Businesses achieve more when they are more diverse and balanced. Although there aren’t many women in construction, I’ve never felt like it’s been a negative to be a woman or that I’m not part of the team. Men and women bring different qualities to the table and that’s what helps provide better balance.

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