100 for 100 series - Helen Bunch | Wates

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

Helen Bunch, Managing Director, Wates Smartspace

Introduce yourself for us

My name is Helen Bunch and I’m the Managing Director of Wates Smartspace.

How long have you been in your current role?

I’ve been in my current role for six years now. I joined Wates 12 years ago.

What brought you to Wates?

People. I used to work in the chemicals industry. I travelled all over the world which was very exciting, then later I decided I wanted to do something completely different to what I’d been doing over the past 15 years and I met the CEO (at that time) of Wates and the family members. I thought construction sounded crazy – particularly the margins, but as I started to meet people within Wates and learned what they did, it really intrigued me. I’ve never looked back.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

I would say please consider it. There are so many different roles you can do. It’s not all about being out on site. Right now there are great opportunities for women, as organisations recognise they are missing a trick by not having a more diversified workforce – which includes women.

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

Lots of things. I’d like to think somehow as a world we worked out how to stop hurting each other, and the environment. I think there is so much each of us can do individually in the way we live to create a better, safer, healthier world for our children to grow up in.


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