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
Introduce yourself for us
I’m Kate Ives, the development director for Wates Residential
How long have you been in your current role?
I’ve worked for Wates for 12 months – and it’s been the best 12 months of my career
What attracted you to the job?
I started out life as a town planner and I loved my job. I worked for lots of developers, and every time I got planning permission, they would go out and have beer and steak and I would have a cup of tea in the office. So I worked out I was on the wrong side of the equation and I decided to retrain and work in the development industry.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Courage and conviction. Make sure you understand the ‘why?’ and have the courage and conviction to take that forward with you.
Who are your role models?
I don’t know if I’ve got a role model. My day to day inspiration is my daughter, and making life better for her
Tell us something unusual about you
I have just started Karate. I’m not doing very well at it – but I will persevere! One day I might be a black belt.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time?
I think to think about others more. In the built environment we often think about buildings and we’re really busy making buildings beautiful but what we often forget is how we make buildings beautiful for people. I think if we start thinking about people more we’ll make the world a better place.