100 for 100 Series: Kate Cornwell | Wates

100 for 100 Series: Kate Cornwell

Our latest 100 for 100 featured employee is Kate Cornwell

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

Kate Cornwell


Introduce yourself for us

I’m Kate Cornwell, Bid Centre Director for Wates Living Space, a National Role, responsible for work winning and managing the Work Winning Team.

How long have you been in your current role? 

I started with Wates in Jan, 2017 (so nearly two years…!)

What brought you to Wates?

I have had contacts at Wates for a number of years. Wates have a great reputation, great people (who seem to stay for a long time, which is always a good sign) and for me, Wates were the natural choice and are head and shoulders above its competitors.

What advice would you give to women entering the industry?

Take that step, enter the industry with no preconceptions, work hard and your efforts will be recognised. There are some fantastic opportunities within the industry and you can make a difference.

Who are your role models?

Nelson Mandela – A strong leader of people, who had a clear vision for the future.

Tell us something unusual about you

I’m currently learning Spanish.

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

A resolution to the Housing and Homelessness Crisis – not through the building of more houses necessarily, but through looking at alternative housing models e.g. Community Led Housing; New forms of Temporary Housing; Intergenerational Living Schemes.