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Women’s Day 2023

Gbemisola Shittu

What is your role at MWHT and what does it involve?

Project Manager, managing and delivering projects

Can you describe a typical day?

A typical day starts with me going for a 30-minute morning walk or a jog, then I have breakfast and get ready for work. The workday starts with me checking my calendar for the meetings I have ahead and planning my day from the emails I have received and my weekly to-do list

The majority of my meetings are site progress meetings for projects that are in construction, we are able to check where we are on-site in comparison to the programme, raise any issues relating to procurement, design & construction

For projects that are not in construction, I have design progress meetings with the technical managers, and we assess road blockers and put mitigation in place necessary to achieve the next milestones.

The rest of my day is then filled with liaising with key suppliers & dealing with the issues that have been raised in the meeting.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To me, it means the celebration of women regardless of their occupation or status. It is a day to celebrate how far we’ve come in just a few generations and acknowledge how far we still have to go.

What women inspire or have inspired you in your life?

A specific person doesn’t come to mind, but the collective strives of the women in my life and watching how hard they have worked to be where they are today inspire me.

How can we work toward embracing equity in our industry?

Empathy and the understanding that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

What action has an ally taken that has made an impact on your development (personally or professionally)?

I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people that have been allies, they have encouraged me, motivated me and pushed me at times when I doubted myself and my ability.

Embrace Equity.

International Women’s Day recognises the strength, resilience and accomplishment of women.

This year’s theme is Embracing Equity.  Equity goes beyond equal opportunities and recognises that people start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

We are playing our part in celebrating some of the amazing women in our business, starting 8th March we are running a week-long awareness campaign on social media. Discover what International Women’s Day means to them and the women who have inspired them.

So give equity a huge embrace.

Image source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Keeping it in the family

Fellow RSK Group company Copper Consultancy asked both men and women across male-dominated industries such as infrastructure, energy and construction to tell them what equity meant to them. How does it differ from equality and how are people embracing equity in their roles, scheme, project and business?

Be part of something special; help shape a better world

At MWH Treatment our people are at the heart of everything we do. They are critical to our success now and in the future.

We are a high-performing business, number one in the Design & Build UK Water Industry, and at the forefront of many technological advances within the digital environment, this is all due to the dedication and commitment of our people.