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Premier's Business Development Director Rachel Davis comments on a recent CN Briefing article about the 'Women into Construction' event and the role of women in the industry.

It was really interesting reading the Construction News briefing on the ‘Women Into Construction’ Event. In one capacity or another I have worked in the construction industry for the past 19 years, from Material Scheduling and Bid Management in the early days to Sales Manager and now Business Development Director.

It was not a path I planned; I entered the industry through my father’s playground company and then found a route into modular construction as it seemed an innovative, fast paced growth area. Has it been an easy journey? No. I am a driven, self-motivated person, always looking for new challenges and chances to learn and improve, I take every opportunity given and create opportunities were I see them, I have always achieved or exceeded every target set but still I feel my career has stalled on several occasions. Is this because I am a woman? Sometimes I have felt that I didn’t fit a certain criteria therefore I had to work harder to prove my worth but maybe having to work harder and take a bit longer to get somewhere makes you appreciate it more and do a better job when you arrive. I now have a brilliant and varied job with many opportunities going forwards and am appreciated for what I bring to the business. I think getting the balance of women in construction is very important, I feel we bring a different set of skills to the workplace, which brings a variation in perspective giving Premier as a business a more rounded offering.

Thames Tideway’s commitment to women in construction is exciting. I attended a meeting with them recently and hope they appreciated the experience and knowledge our mixed team brought to the table!


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