100 for 100 series: Charlotte Handy | Wates

100 for 100 series: Charlotte Handy


Our latest 100 for 100 featured employee is Charlotte Handy

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


Charlotte Handy

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.