2018 is a milestone year as it marks 100 years since women in the UK were given the right to vote as part of the Representation of the People’s Act.
At Wates we want to use this historic anniversary as a catalyst for promoting equality of opportunity for women across our industry. Throughout 2018 we are running a campaign called #100for100, where we will feature 100 women from across the business at all levels – providing a window into the daily working lives of our female colleagues and a platform for their views.
Our latest entrant is below, plus you can see all current featured employees here
Introduce yourself for us
Hi Everyone, I’m Amelia Lucas, Information Document Controller for the Northern Home Counties.
How long have you been in your current role?
2 years and 6 months to be precise!
What brought you to Wates?
Prior to marrying my husband two years ago I decided to make a career change in order to secure a more settled and stable future together. So you could say finding my soul mate brought me to Wates. I do have family members who work for Wates and without them I probably wouldn’t even have considered Construction. Being a girly girl Construction had never been a recommended option or suggestion of an Industry to have a career within. Now I know there are endless opportunities available to females within the world of Construction and I would happily encourage young females to explore career options within Construction.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
My advice for women entering the industry would be: the way you see the world through female eyes is a massive asset to the world of Construction. Speak to people within the industry, don’t be afraid to ask questions, be strong, be present and believe in yourself. There are a lot of males within the Industry but this is no reason to shy away. There is real value in having a strong powerful determined female presence in the Construction world.
Who are your role models?
My number one role model is Lady Gaga, she always strives to step outside the box and is not afraid to be who she wants to be. We all need a bit of Lady Gaga in our lives to give us the courage to be different, be who we want to be. Life would be boring if we were all the same.
Tell us something unusual about you
I originally trained as a Musical Theatre performer and spent several contracts working abroad doing what I love. I spent two 9 month contracts working in Japan for Disney. Japan is a truly wonderful place, if you haven’t been I would highly recommend a visit.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time?
In 100 years’ time I would like to still be alive! I would love for people to realise whilst what we are doing at work is important the true value is in each other. Take time to get to know your team, speak to others how you wish to be spoken to and value everyone’s opinions. Just because someone doesn’t see the world the same way you do it doesn’t mean their view is wrong.