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
My name is Salhe Sharif, and I’m a Health & Safety administrator.
How long have you been in your current role?
I’m just coming up to 3 months.
What brought you to Wates?
It was a bit of a coincidence. A friend of mine who worked at Wates suggested I undertake one of Wates’ free Building Futures courses. I enrolled on the course, did well, and that resulted in me being brought on full time by Wates, where I am now.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
They need to think bold, go with their gut feeling and not be afraid of taking that step. For me there was a real fear of what might happen – of whether or not I would be accepted in the industry. As it turns out, it’s been very easy.
Who are your role models?
I have two – male and female. My two managers have been so supportive. They encourage me to make the most out of what I do.
Tell us something unusual about you
I have a degree in Environmental Management. I’m a bit of an authority on all things renewable energy.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years time?
I would like diversity and gender equality to be deeply ingrained in everything we do.