100 for 100 Series: Emma Newbold | Wates

100 for 100 Series: Emma Newbold

“Don’t let your gender be an issue and in my experience, no one else will either.”

Equality of opportunity for everyone is essential for businesses to thrive. For 2019 International Woman’s Day,  Emma Newbold shares what #balanceforbetter means to her.

Introduce yourself for us

Hello, I’m Emma and I work as a Regional Commercial Manager for Wates Living Space. I’ve been with Wates for almost 15 years earning my stripes and working my way through the ranks of the Commercial Team.

How long have you been in your current role?

1 month! (I have recently returned to work from a year of maternity leave.) I have enjoyed various roles within the Commercial Team and am currently working alongside the Commercial Leaders of the Living Space business to drive and support continuous improvement and commercial excellence.

What brought you to Wates?

When I joined 15 years ago it was the family ownership and the ambition of the Group which was attractive as an employer. Over the years the family values, opportunity for varying roles and quality personal development has kept me here. In more recent times the Wates approach to flexible working has been a huge benefit to me and my own family.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

I’d say don’t discriminate against construction! The opportunities are plentiful the options are vast and the people (in the main) are fabulous. It’s an industry like any other, there will be challenges, there will be some things that may not be fair or pleasing but you’ll find those wherever you go and whatever gender you are. Don’t let your gender be an issue and in my experience no one else will either.

Who are your role models?
Ooh that’s a toughie. A bit of a cliché but my parents provide quality role models for me and I like think I have the best of both of them! Other than that I wouldn’t say I have a solid role model or role models per se but I do have a lot of respect for anyone who is dedicated and works hard, appreciates laughter and keeps away from any drama.

Tell us something unusual about you
I have qualifications in Millinery and have been known to make head pieces for my friends at family for all occasions. For the past 10 years I have attended Royal Ascot each year in one of my own creations!

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

The labels of gender, race, skin colour religion, sexuality to be unnecessary with everyone being treated and respected as an individual. I am hopeful that individuals qualities and quirks will be valued, encouraged and celebrated regardless. I’d also like to see less thirst/need for blame and hate a move towards positive solutions and acceptance.