International Women's Day

Thursday 08/03/2018

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Today is International Women Day and we have turned our attention to what it’s like being a woman in construction working at Liverty. We had a quick chat with Shelley Fowler, Senior Land Manager and Lorna Lee, our Grounds Manager recently and here is what they both had to say about their roles.

Lorna Lee, Grounds Manager had this to say about being a woman in the construction industry.

How did you feel about being a woman in construction?

I really like working in the construction industry. People often think it is mainly a male orientated environment but I get a great feeling working in it. It is relaxed and it’s good to have a mix of genders working together. I feel I bring a sense of organisation to my area and aim to get the very best out of my team. I have always felt accepted working within this organisation, they have really good working standards and I am treated very well.

What do you love about your role?

I love developing and training new members of staff. I enjoy watching them become more confident and I often see employees going on to become supervisors. There is always room to grow and develop within this organisation.

What types of activities do you deal with on a daily basis?

My team works on repairing unoccupied rental properties and getting them ready for the next customer to move in. I manage a large team of 27 operatives and six supervisors. It is brilliant to see how a property looks at the start of the day and then we turn it into a welcoming new home. This could be making a property better suited for a customer with disabilities or just repainting. The team always do a job well done, and I am so proud of them.

Shelley Fowler, Senior Land Manager said this about being a woman in construction.

How did you feel about being a woman in construction?

I’ve been fortunate to work with many inspirational people throughout my career so far, both women and men, and whilst the wider industry could be viewed as being male orientated it is becoming less so. It’s a good industry to work in and provides a wide and interesting variety of opportunities. It’s been great to see many more women in the industry although we need to create more awareness that construction is an industry with lots of opportunities for women and to encourage them more. The working environment that I’ve experienced has been a very positive one.

What do you love about your role?

Every day is different! I love looking at potential new land opportunities. You have to think about whether it’s the right place for new homes and consider a whole range of factors. Communication is a key part of the role and I enjoy working with so many great people both internally and externally. Whilst there can be a lot of challenges along the way, I get a real sense of achievement when I see everyone’s efforts working together , we’re able to bring new sites forward to ultimately provide new homes that people want and need.

What types of activities do you deal with on a daily basis?

I identify and appraise new land opportunities to bring forward sites for our development programme, working predominantly on private sale schemes. This includes meeting landowners and agents, analysing the local housing market and demand for homes in the area, and negotiating contracts and then ultimately buying land for our new developments. To do this, I work closely with my land team colleagues and also our Commercial, Technical and Planning and Sales teams to make sure that offers we put forward and sites we buy deliver the homes that people want. It’s great to see the result’s of everyone’s efforts when the new homes are built and our customers are able to move in.

If Lorna and Shelley have inspired you to come work of us then have a look at our current job opportunities here