Leanne Evans, Project Director, Wates Constructon
Where did you go to school? St Clere’s School, Palmers 6th Form
College, Reading University
What path did you take to get to your current positon? cademic
educaton through to a degree BSc in Building and Constructon
What subjects did you study? Secondary͖ English Literature, English Language, Maths,
Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Business Studies, History, French, German. Levels͖ English
literature, Communicaton Studies, History. Degree͖ BSc Building and Constructon
How many jobs have you had, and can you name them? Shoe shop assistant, Clothing
store assistant, Constructon (3 no. Companies over 21 years)
What school subjects link to your career? ll of them in one form or another
typical day in your current role looks like: The beauty of constructon is that no one day
is the same. However, I lead with confidence and consistency͖ working collaboratvely
across the business at all levels. I develop and lead performance management and project
strategy ensuring delivery of strong commercial results and exceptonal client satsfacton. I
oversee projects from tender through to fercare. I ensure delivery meets the financial
targets and operates within agreed budgets. I develop effectve client and partner
relatonships to identfy, propose, secure and nurture work. I partcipate in Contract
reviews and present performance reports that ensure accurate management & financial
informaton is consistent. I ensure all staff performance is managed through performance
conversatons including setng out clear key work objectves aligned with the business
plan. I lead supply management strategy and drive change to enhance delivery and
What skills do you use daily, that you learnt at school? Time management, research,
reviewing, report writng, maths, computers and presentatons, Language for writng
Leanne Evans, Project Director, Wates Constructon
What is the number #1 piece of advice you’ve been given that helped
you with your career choice? If you wake up dreading the day ahead
then it is tme to change your approach to the day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Managing Director of a constructon company
What is the average salary for this role? Sky is the limit - if you are good you will be
rewarded accordingly
If you could have done anything differently on your career journey, what would it be? I
do not think I would have done anything differently I have always loved and enjoyed what I
have done and contnue to do.
Why do you love your job?
First and foremost there is an abundance of opportunity for Career
progression͘ There is a new challenge everyday with lots of Project
diversity and opportunity͘ I have an absolute willingness and desire to
make a difference in the constructon industry in promotng the good
of the industry and the possibilites for future generatons͘ The
Constructon Industry allows you to be who you want to be and learn
about new technologies in our changing world͘ No day is the same,
and every day you learn something new͘ If you are passionate about
making change then the constructon industry is definitely for
you͘ There are such a variety of roles in the industry - there really is
something for everyone͘