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100 for 100 series: Carol Cowley


Our latest 100 for 100 entry is Carol Cowley

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

Carol Cowley

Introduce yourself for us

I am a Project Surveyor (QS) for NHC Construction based out of our Cambridge office

How long have you been in your current role?

I have been in my current role for about 14 years.

What brought you to Wates?

After a couple of temporary administration jobs I started my career in construction working for a private QS practice.
When they ceased trading, I ended up working freelance for Wates before being taken on permanently just over 25 years ago.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

I entered the construction industry at a time when there were even fewer women working in the industry. I would never
have envisaged working in construction but if you enjoy working as part of a team and like the variety (no two days are ever the same)
that the job offers both on a personal and project level then this could be for you. As with any career, if you can prove that you are just
as capable as anybody else of doing the job and you enjoy it, then pursue your goals.

Who are your role models?

There are no particular role models but as we go through life there are attributes of people we encounter or read about that inspire us.
Take the inspiration and make a positive difference.

Tell us something unusual about you

When I have some free time I enjoy oil painting and have painted a number of portraits.

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

A more equal & fair society and everybody treated with respect. Construction will have changed a lot by then but hopefully innovative,
well designed and good quality buildings which enhance the environment in which we live will still be required, albeit they may all
be 3D constructed !