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 Sam and I work as a Project Surveyor for Wates Living Space, I’ve been with Wates 17 years.
How long have you been in your current role?
I have been in my current role for 18 months.
What brought you to Wates?
I was looking for a placement for my sandwich year at university, I liked the fact that Wates were a family owned company, so I accepted the offer of the position that was available. The same year as the start of my placement I was asked to work for Wates permanently so I accepted and completed my degree in the same time as I returned part time to university.
What advice would you give to women entering the industry?
The construction industry is vast in opportunities and roles that can be available. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female just go for what you feel is the right role for you. The perception of gender has changed considerably since I have started in the industry and in the whole it is fantastic. if its an industry you are thinking about, just do it.
Who are your role models?
My main role model would be Katherine Goble Johnson, she was portrayed in a move “Hidden Figures”. The perseverance to get herself heard in a white male environment back in the 1930’s was just phenomenal!
Tell us something unusual about you
Outside of work I’m a Cubs Leader and love it.
What changes would you like to see in 100 years time?
No labels on people for race, colour, religion or sexual orientation. We are all humans and should be treated equally in every way.