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
Rhonda Wainman, Site Surveyor, Wates Smartspace.
How long have you been in your current role?
I joined the business in August 2014, so just over 4 years.
What brought you to Wates?
Initially a colleague made the move to Wates and then encouraged me to follow. I soon realised that even though Wates are a large company, the fact they are still owned and run by the Wates family means there is a real sense of community and informality that you don’t get in other large organisations.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
Don’t be afraid to use your voice and have your say. Gender should never be a barrier to advancing your career in the industry. As long as you work hard and remain professional you will reap the rewards.
Who are your role models?
There isn’t anyone in particular that springs to mind, but generally I am inspired by any woman who achieves her goals despite being told she can’t or she shouldn’t.
Tell us something unusual about you
I once did a skydive in Las Vegas dressed as Elvis – thankfully it was some time ago so no digital photos exist and can come back to haunt me.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years’ time
Many things need to change in this topsy-turvy world we live in and a lot sooner than in 100 years! We must drastically reduce if not eliminate our dependence on single used plastics that are killing our oceans. Also I hope that soon mental health is taken as seriously as physical health. We’ve taken some steps in the right direction but much more needs to be done.