Friday 8th March 2024

Celebrating International Women’s Day with our South East team

As the world celebrates International Women's Day 2024, the spotlight turns to the construction sector, where women are making significant strides and challenging stereotypes. In recognition of this year’s theme to ‘Inspire Inclusivity’, Lucinda Kemp, Quantity Surveyor at our South East region, shares her experiences working within the housebuilding industry

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With a background in medical physiology, Lucinda’s entry into the construction sector was unconventional. She says: “With a change in my personal circumstances, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I started helping out some friends who worked in the construction industry and found I really enjoyed it!”

Lucinda joined Taylor Wimpey two and a half years ago through our Management Trainee programme. Starting as a commercial management trainee, Lucinda has since had two promotions and was an Assistant Quantity Surveyor before starting her current position as a Quantity Surveyor. 

Reflecting on stereotypes about gender roles in construction, Lucinda says: “There is this preconception that construction is a male career choice, but my experience has shown it to be far more equal."

Lucinda is inspired from the women around her - both at work and in her personal life. She shares: “I don’t have one role model. There are so many women around me who I find amazing for different reasons, be it the way they bring life to a room, how they juggle work and home life or their tenacity and drive. Personally, I don’t like to aspire myself to others, as I will never be who they are. I won’t be as good as them at some things and that’s okay, as others may look at me and some of my qualities in the same way!”

“Within the teams I work in, we celebrate what makes us different. We’re all human, we all have good and bad days and I like to think we support each other with all aspects of life.  My colleagues aren’t just colleagues anymore, but my friends too.”

Lucinda’s message to young women considering their career path is one of empowerment and resilience. “It doesn’t matter if you have no idea what you want to do”, she says. “Life is what you make it. I’m fortunate to love my job and the colleagues I have around me but if your job doesn’t make you happy there is always another option. You’re never too old to start over and change your mind so go for whatever you think will make you happy.”