I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor who has worked on many high profile projects in both Yorkshire and Australia. I am currently Sector Commercial Lead within the growing Carillion Services Projects division. I founded and am now Global Co-Chair of the Carillion LGBT support network – Connect, and am Chair of Directors of a social enterprise called STEER, which provides mentors for built environment students.
My career started by gaining industry sponsorship for my Quantity Surveying degree, winning a final year prize, then completing my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). I have delivered a number of high value, high profile projects, commercially leading these at an early stage of my career, and being successful on every project I have been involved with. This was recognised on the HSBC data centre project by the client awarding me the “outstanding contribution to the project” award. I moved to Australia with Bovis Lend Lease to work at their head office for two years, which broadened my experiences both within my career and personally. The success within my roles has meant selection for a number of leadership programmes which have given me the self-knowledge to propel my career further. I have always been keen on bringing less experienced people on with their careers. I am a STEM Ambassador, and have mentored university students, and junior members of Women in Property. I have recruited and trained a number of graduates and acted as supervisor and counsellor for the RICS APC, most recently through being part of the Carillion Commercial Entry Level Talent steering group. Last year I helped form an industry social enterprise, STEER, to provide mentors on a larger scale to local university students, of which I am the Chair of Directors.