100 for 100 series: Salhe Sharif | Wates

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

Salhe Sharif - SHE Administrator, Wates Smartspace

Introduce yourself for us

My name is Salhe Sharif, and I’m a Health & Safety administrator.

How long have you been in your current role?

I’m just coming up to 3 months.

What brought you to Wates?

It was a bit of a coincidence.  A friend of mine who worked at Wates suggested I undertake one of Wates’ free Building Futures courses.  I enrolled on the course, did well, and that resulted in me being brought on full time by Wates, where I am now.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

They need to think bold, go with their gut feeling and not be afraid of taking that step. For me there was a real fear of what might happen – of whether or not I would be accepted in the industry. As it turns out, it’s been very easy.

Who are your role models?

I have two – male and female. My two managers have been so supportive. They encourage me to make the most out of what I do.

Tell us something unusual about you

I have a degree in Environmental Management.  I’m a bit of an authority on all things renewable energy.

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

I would like diversity and gender equality to be deeply ingrained in everything we do.