100 for 100 series: Charlotte Handy | Wates

100 for 100 series: Charlotte Handy

“There are many options for ladies in the construction industry and i’m living proof of that.”

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.

Charlotte Handy - Design Manager, Wates Construction

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.