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
Hello! I’m Natalie Robertson, 27 years young and am a Site Surveyor (Quantity Surveyor) for Wates Construction, Northern Home Counties.
How long have you been in your current role?
Almost 3 years with Wates but have been a Quantity Surveyor for 11 years!
What brought you to Wates?
When I first started my career, I worked with a family-owned and run company, which was something I really enjoyed and was on my list of ‘wants’ when looking for a new job. Thankfully, Wates still have that family-ethos feeling, despite the size of the company! I was also intrigued by the diversity of projects that Wates Construction develops and builds.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Do not be afraid! It is a fantastic, interesting, diverse and fun industry to be a part of and because there are SO MANY different roles, there is 100% going to be something suited to you.
Who are your role models?
My Grandpa – he was a Quantity Surveyor when he was young, went on to have his own successful steel reinforcement company, was extremely charitable and everyone loved and respected him within his personal and professional life.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years time?
100 years may be too late, but I really hope there will be more interest in people (of all ages) learning trades, in particular the specialist and dying trades, and being proud of what they do.