International Women’s Day and Women in Construction Week

05 March 2021

Ridge proudly supports and encourages the equality of women, and women in construction industry. Today we heard from some of our team about their careers in construction so far, what led them to the sectors, and what they most enjoy about their careers, here is what they had to say.

My mum inspired me into the sector, she also works in construction/housing. Growing up watching her work developed my interested in construction from a young age, particularly how a project can advance from a couple of drawings to an incredible building/structure.

Jemma Crowther, Assistant Project Manager, Oxford

My planning team is an amazing group of individuals who strive to create a better environment for all. I’m proud to confirm that 50% of our professional planners are women.

Anne Pawsey, Principal Planner, Cheltenham

Contributing to business success is what I enjoy most about my role. I am a member of the Executive team and enjoy playing my part in ensuring Ridge succeeds in meeting its growth objectives.

Ruth Goddard, Finance Director, Oxford

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7 years ago and was offered the opportunity to train as a Quantity Surveyor and would never look back!

Becki Forrest, Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Birmingham

I love the momentum that is currently building around sustainability, it wasn’t long ago that I had to fight to get sustainability on the agenda at design team meetings but now things have very much shifted and instead I am finding project teams requesting my attendance at meetings and really engaging with the discussions – it’s fantastic to see.

Abby Bartlett, Associate, Sustainability, Winchester

I kind of joined the sector by accident, as I originally trained as an Interior Designer, but I must have enjoyed it because I stayed!

Sarah Davis, Partner, Building Surveying, Bristol

Ever since being a child, I have always had a passion for the environment and grew up wanting to do something which made a difference. My first job introduced me to the construction industry, and I realised the huge impact we can have as a result of this.

Susie Sidley, Associate, Sustainability, Winchester

We like to create a team environment that we all enjoy working within. As well as working together on projects we have a running club, yearly bake-off competition, lunchtime walks and frequently go for dinner or drinks together.

Rosie Camburn, Associate Civil and Structural Engineer, Oxford