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In celebration of International Women’s Day today, Group Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Women in Business Group for Countryside employees, Rebecca Worthington highlights the important roles that women play in what is typically considered a male-dominated sector.

Meet the Women Working Hard in House Building - by Rebecca Worthington

With the demand for skilled workers on the rise, developers will need to do more in the coming years to attract women into house-building. Here at Countryside, we are extremely lucky to have an incredibly talented and diverse female team that are carving successful careers in the sector.

Samantha Simmonds (26), is an Assistant Quantity Surveyor, who joined Countryside just over three years ago. Samantha explains: “I started in construction at the age of 18, after dropping out of a Sport and Coaching degree at Oxford Brookes University, which I realised wasn’t the career I wanted. My sister, who works in the civil engineering sector, secured me a job as an Administration Assistant at her company and I soon progressed up to Commercial Assistant, however, my aim was to become a surveyor and I was determined reach this goal.”

“At Countryside, I started as a Technical Administrator, because I didn’t have a QS degree. However, after a year they offered me a fantastic opportunity on the graduate scheme where I could experience the different sectors in the business and learn each role to decide what was going to suit me individually. I finished in November 2016 and am now three months into being an Assistant Quantity Surveyor. I absolutely love it and it’s definitely a challenge but that’s exactly what I wanted.”

Samantha continues: “I would say the industry is constantly changing for the better and has already improved considerably. There are a lot more women in different roles within Countryside, including site managers, which is great. I can’t express how much Countryside has encouraged and supported me, giving me an excellent opportunity to take part in the graduate scheme, even without a degree. I’ve learnt so much in the last three years thanks to both male and female mentors at Countryside who have taught me invaluable knowledge.”

Recently promoted Development Manager, Emma Hewitt (29) working at the Kings Park development in Harold Wood, has also been with Countryside for just over 3 years. Emma says: “After studying Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University and a Masters in Urban Design at Westminster University, I was lucky enough to get accepted onto the graduate scheme at Countryside. I was attracted to Countryside by the company’s attention to detail and emphasis on design, as having an architectural background, I wanted to work for a company that appreciates architectural value and design. Personally, I love being able to see a project go from start to finish.”

Emma is pleased to be seeing the industry change to welcome more women. She says: “When I first started at Countryside, I worked predominantly with male colleagues. However, in my current department, there are now more women than men which is very unusual. I have definitely seen more ladies getting involved, especially within Countryside’s graduate scheme. None the less, I don’t think working within the construction industry is promoted as much as it could be or enough emphasis on the different roles available within the house-building sector. It is a great career option, with the potential of countless opportunities and I believe more should be done to promote working within the industry to both school and university leavers. ”

For more information on the wide range of roles available at Countryside, please visit here.


Rebecca Worthington,
Group Chief Financial Officer at Countryside

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