Gill came to the utilities sector by chance rather than design, after spending the first 25 years of her career in project and framework management with a Design, Engineering and Architectural Consultant. Now a Management Consultant with Skewb, she wants to shine a light on utilities as the sector of choice for all women, particularly those at the intersections of society; and whether this is a post GCSE, post A-level, post degree, post career-break choice or simply because it’s such an exciting, rewarding and innovative arena to be in.
“After 25 years with my previous employer, I was offered a role with Skewb, and my eyes were opened to the utilities sector and water in particular. I’ll admit that prior to this, I knew that the UK’s utilities infrastructure was a privilege, but I had no understanding of it – you turn on a tap or flick a switch, and roll your eyes when stuck in traffic because someone is digging up the road. Now that I realise what goes on behind the scenes, and have learnt so much from colleagues, our clients and our supply chain, I want to pass this on, and encourage women in.
My three children are in their late teens/early twenties, and I’ve spent 10 years as a school governor – I am absolutely committed to promoting utilities in education, and I’m keen to see representation from our sector at every single school careers day, as well as dialogue between our industry and teachers to find ways to work together.
I love the ethos of WUN, its passion for the industry, its celebration of women, and its commitment to mentoring – and I’m extremely grateful to be part of it”