Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day, Charlotte Handy shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.
Introduce yourself for us
I’m Charlotte Handy. I’m a design manager for Southern Home Counties region in Wates Construction.
How long have you been in your current role?
I’ve been a design manager at Wates for 13 years.
What attracted you to the job?
I started life as a project manager for Homebase, and I decided that didn’t want to work in the retail industry directly. So I put my CV out and went for two different jobs, one for Wates Construction and one for M&S. I chose Wates because I decided I wanted to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
I would say don’t discount the construction industry because you think it’s a male environment. There are many options for ladies within the construction industry and I am living proof of that. I never thought I would be in this industry, and I’m very proud to be here.
Tell us something unusual about you
I did a theatre design degree and I am a stage manager for an amateur dramatics company. It’s very time consuming, but I love it and it’s a creative outlet for me.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time?
I would like for better environmental policies to be put in place – the oceans to be clean, and for us to have eradicated plastics and environmental damage.