100 for 100 series: Lucy Abbott | Wates

100 for 100 series: Lucy Abbott

“I hope that my experiences motivate others considering a career in construction.”

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

Lucy Abbot - Group BIM Director, Wates Construction

What has been your proudest moment working in the Construction Industry?

My proudest moment in the industry has been developing and implementing our organisational BIM strategy, which is actively delivering business efficiency and productivity whilst developing the skillsets of our people.

How have you helped to shape the industry?

The construction industry is a diverse and exciting sector which offers huge opportunities to progress and develop new skills. I have transitioned from working on site, where I worked as part of delivery teams helping to build environments for people to live and work; through to leading a department of technical specialists who support our people, supply chain and clients in achieving their digital construction aspirations. I am extremely proud of my career achievements and hope that my experiences motivate others considering a career in construction.

What is your biggest motivation?

What motivates me is initiating positive change for the benefit of the construction industry. I want look back on my career knowing that I have made an impact and inspired others to collectively transition the sector from what is commonly perceived to be antiquated, to one which is progressive, agile and able to keep up with new and innovative developments.