100 for 100 series: Emma Gruenbaum | Wates

100 for 100 series: Emma Gruenbaum


Our latest 100 for 100 featured employee is Emma Gruenbaum

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


Emma Gruenbaum

Introduce yourself for us

I’m Emma Guenbaum from Wates Developments

How long have you been in your current role?

Three and a half years

What attracted you to the job?

I was c areer changer. In my late 30s I decided I was going to follow something I’d always wanted to do which was property and project management and combine those two and so went and found a course at Kingston a surveying degree, then I hounded Wates until they gave me a job!

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Be tenacious. If you want it, keep going, keep asking and make it happen.

Who is your role model?

Wates Group’s Helen Bunch

Tell us something unusual about you

Before I worked in the construction industry I was a sports therapist for 20 years

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

That the conversation about being a women would be a redundant conversation. It would just be about being talented.