Even though Women in Construction week is over, will continue to celebrate our amazing colleagues. And give a shout out to our superstar Steph Wright, our Regional Sales Director.
Please can you tell us your job title and sum up the role in one sentence?
I am the Regional Sales Director covering the South for Utilities, I also look after some national accounts of my own. I work hard to ensure that we put our customers first in everything we do, my passion is to deliver exceptional customer service in order to achieve results for my team and the business.
Why or how did you get into the construction industry?
My first introduction to the construction industry was when I joined Instarmac as an Area Sales manager, where I worked with major contractors, sub-contractors, architects, merchants, and local authorities.
Most weeks I would have my full PPE on meeting with customers on construction sites, this was my favourite part of the job.
Who inspires you? (Is there anyone in the construction industry?)
She wouldn’t even know it, but I follow Sarah Bentley who is the CEO for Thames Water. To me she a is a very successful woman, who obviously excels in her role, but at the same time has a five kids, a husband and a dog, which with both roles (work and family) she must be able to manage a good work life balance too. A real inspiration for a successful woman.
And it goes without saying that John Hancock is an inspiration, someone who is very successful, worked his way up and remains motivational and approachable to everyone.
What has been the most surprising part of being a woman working in construction?
That even though it’s a very male oriented industry, I have never been made to feel out of place or disrespected in any of my roles. Although I am sure this isn’t the case for all women.
What is your favourite part of your career?
The people, I have made some great friends through my colleagues and customers.
This is the best part of my job without a doubt.
What is your most memorable moment working in construction?
Watching the bedding mortar that I had supplied being delivered to the top of the highest building in Manchester ! (The 2nd tallest in the UK) – Deansgate Square Skyscraper LinkedIn link below – I was buzzing for a month !!!
What is the biggest challenge of being a woman working in construction?
I am sorry I can’t think of any, I wonder if this is because any challenge motivates me 😉
What advice would you give to women looking to step into the industry?
Do it, let’s get more woman in construction and change the dynamics and stigma that is attached to the industry !
Why are you proud to lead the way for women in construction?
As a woman working in such a male oriented industry, I would hope that by seeing that you can be successful as a woman, it would encourage woman to join the industry and drive the change that is needed.