Date started at iWS: 10th October 2010
Job title upon start: SHEQ Manager
Current job title: Head of SHEQ & HR
Question: How has your job changed from when you started at iWireless Solutions?
My job has evolved over the past 7 years as the company has grown. I’ve always had a hand in all aspects of the company from project management, installation works and marketing but my main focus was establishing company policies and procedures. Setting up the QMS and H&S systems started small but soon grew with increasing responsibilities as the work force and work load increased. Taking on more responsibilities and becoming a member of the Senior Management Team meant I had more say in how the company evolved and expanded which helped develop my management skills all round. During my time I have also taken on HR responsibilities as apparently I’m good with people and very diplomatic! It’s been a challenge but one that has been exciting, scary, enjoyable and a huge learning curve.
Question: What are your Top 3 lessons/skills learnt at iWireless Solutions?
- Never underestimate a woman in the construction industry.
- Always have a plan B.
- And always trust your instinct, believe in your convictions.
Question: What key projects have you worked on over the past years?
As the SHEQ Manager I’m involved in all Build Projects, the biggest by far was the 2012 Olympics. During this time I was given the responsibility of my own little project to manage, which was a great challenge and a bit of a novelty from the daily paperwork I normally do!
Question: What was your most memorable project and why?
My most memorable project was a large department store. Conducting night work audits was a challenge in itself in the centre of London, but also auditing the build team and contractors while they were working in the ladies shoe department was fantastic but torture.
Question: What is your best memory/anecdote of your life at iWireless Solutions to date?
During a project based in a London Hotel, I would regularly meet our client outside and pop inside for a quick meeting or walk through. We would then leave the hotel after an hour or so and say goodbye by the front door, throwing in a comment of “see you next week” before going our separate ways. I think the doorman of the hotel had a slightly different interpretation of my job role!
Question: How has iWireless Solutions grown or changed over the years?
iWireless has matured over the years and now feels like home to me. Through my 6 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes but mostly growth to what is now a strong established company with strong key foundations to support an ever growing industry and technology.
What – if anything – makes iWireless Solutions special for you?
iWireless is special to me as it’s a place that gives opportunities to youth and inexperience. I was once given the same opportunity and look where I am now. I love the fact that iWireless invests in raw talent and gives the next generation an unexpected but welcome career path and progression, if they want it. This makes the company feel like a huge family that supports each other no matter what.
Question: Describe iWireless Solutions in 10 words or less.
No two days are the same, work hard, play hard (if you are still young enough!)