Katy Dowding’s energy, together with her lifelong passion for the construction industry, are immediately apparent when you talk to her: ”It really is such an exciting industry to work in! It touches everybody’s lives and it makes a huge contribution to society. I always love going into schools to talk about it – getting young people to recognise how important it is and how it touches their lives everyday. For example, they wouldn’t be in a classroom if wasn’t for the construction industry!”
Her 33-year career has included a diverse range of commercial, operational and strategic roles, with a solid background in project delivery. She has worked on a large number and wide variety of projects.
“One of the things that excites me the most is understanding our customers’ needs and delivering them. I think it’s really important to get close to customers – to really understand them – so you can deliver for them.”
She tells a story from early in her career that really illustrates the importance of this.