Elisabeth Filkin

Elisabeth Filkin

We caught up with:
Elisabeth Filkin,
Sustainability & External Affairs Manager 

I’M CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

Ensuring we both develop and deliver a market-leading sustainability strategy and that we engage with our external stakeholders on this properly. It’s about making sure we have a proactive two-way dialogue with our customers, and that we respond to their feedback in the way we develop, deliver and communicate our approach.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Being truly mixed and inclusive - reflecting the communities in which we operate and embracing the differences that make each of us unique. It’s about removing the barriers that exist to give everyone access to equal opportunities regardless of characteristics such as gender, age, race, or social background.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Do two main things. Firstly, share success stories and lessons learned - what has worked really well and what didn’t deliver the results you were hoping for, and why? Secondly, as an industry we must work together to tackle the equality challenges we face. The system as a whole needs to be transformed. We can’t achieve that alone.

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

Of the great people. Also, because of our genuine commitment to embedding sustainability in everything we do. I am excited by the fact that we aren’t afraid to try and tackle some of the massive challenges facing both the industry and society, from diversity to carbon emissions or affordable housing. We might not have all the answers, but that willingness to explore and challenge the status quo is really refreshing. 

If you’d like to explore what role we have similar to Lizzie’s, you can browse all our available vacancies on our careers page here.
Emma Cann

Having just completed our Graduate Programme, Ellen Green discusses equality, diversity and inclusion, and why she feels Lendlease is the place for her.

Ellen Green

Ellen Green,
Assistant Development Manager


I CURRENTLY WORK FOR…

With the Development team for our Hungate scheme. Before that, the Graduate Programme provided me with a basis of what development is and the different aspects involved, which has given me a good grounding to be able to take this role on.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Having a culture where teams are made up of people with varied backgrounds, who together can bring so much more to a team than if we all had the same experiences. I think that’s completely vital.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Better promote inspirational people who have achieved success within the industry and share their stories. I don’t think anyone’s career is straight running, so educating people coming into the industry that success in a diversity of roles is achievable is key.

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

From day one, the people, their approach, and the way they undertook the Graduate Programme interview day, made me feel comfortable. Since then, every team I have worked with has been incredibly supportive – I feel I’ve grown as an individual, not just within my career.

Interested in joining our 2018 Graduate Programme? Applications open on 2 October – discover more here. Or visit our careers page.  
Ellen Green

Wendy Cranmer
We caught up with:
Wendy Cranmer,
Recruitment and Retention Manager, Be Onsite – our not-for-profit organisation


I’M CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

Managing the Be Onsite Recruitment and Retention team; liaising with our construction and development project teams, and with the Lendlease supply chain to secure job opportunities. I work with a wide variety of local referrers to identify candidates and work directly with candidates along with my team to support them into sustained work on Lendlease projects.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Is the essence of who we are at Be Onsite. We work with people from all cultures and walks of life, from those with challenging backgrounds, to currently serving prisoners and ex-offenders. We get to meet such incredible people.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Be more open, and focus on being unjudgmental and really reaching out to people. Diversity will follow that.

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

I feel privileged to do the job I do. In the last seven years, one of the most wonderful things about it is the way that it doesn’t get stale. Change is embraced within the wider company and I enjoy working with a company that wholeheartedly supports that.

If you’re interested in a role like Wendy’s, visit our Lendlease careers page here
Wendy Cranmer

Nicky Whitbread
We caught up with:
Nicky Whitbread,
Senior Marketing Manager, Residential


I’M CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

Overseeing the marketing across all residential developments and trying to bring them together in a more consistent manner – the aim is to strengthen the Lendlease brand for the residential development arm of the business.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Having a workplace that embraces people of all different backgrounds, genders, and cultures. It’s important that everyone feels included, and I think we work hard at Lendlease to promote that.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Start the discussion of equality in schools. There needs to be an education to tell young girls and women that they can work in whichever industry or role they choose. No one should feel constrained by titles or misconceptions of what roles they can do because of their gender. But those discussions need to start at an earlier age than they currently do.

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

We have incredible sustainability credentials. Our sustainable ethos is at the heart of everything we do day-to-day. It’s nice to work somewhere where we aren’t just focused on building product, but creating inclusive neighborhoods and environments for the future that people can enjoy and want to live in.

If you’re interested in a role like Nicky’s, visit our Lendlease careers page here
Nicky Whitbread

Clare Amass

We caught up with:
Clare Amass,
Project Manager on the northern development of International Quarter London


I’M CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

Planning and coordinating construction activities that are due to commence onsite later this year. I am currently busy tendering work packages such as logistics, piling, remediation and cranes.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Non-judgemental acceptance, where no one faces barriers. It varies from project to project, but I think we’re pretty good at it. It’s clear we are trying hard to be a place for everyone, especially our gender equality aims.

I thought this year’s Women in Engineering Day theme was cracking – #MenAsAllies. For it to be a truly level playing field, men need to be a part of the conversation.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Do more promotion around the diverse job opportunities we have, therefore appealing to a wider skill set as well as promoting less academic more practical interpersonal skills like team work, communication and logical thinking which are essential resolving issues.

Most of my friends still don’t really understand what it is I do. That’s where the industry is fundamentally flawed – people, and especially younger generations, don’t understand the variety of roles that are available.

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

Of the opportunities that are here. Every time I have felt frustrated or stuck in a role, there are people always willing to listen to my concerns, and set me on a new challenge where I can better achieve my goals. Having that flexibility is invaluable.

If you’re interested in a role like Clare’s, visit our Lendlease careers page here
Clare Amass

Amber Neate - Day in the Life

We caught up with:
Amber Neate,
Assistant Project Manager at Rathbone


I’M CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR…

Managing the roofing, landscaping, feature passageways and bespoke Artisan gates on the project as part of my role in the Envelope team. I manage them from design through to delivery on site, and procurement of their materials as well. I started on Rathbone in December 2015, but have been with Lendlease for six years, working in Australia previously.

TO ME, DIVERSITY MEANS…

Embracing people’s differences and uniqueness, encouraging everyone to be involved, despite their differences.

TO ENCOURAGE EQUALITY, THE INDUSTRY CAN…

Push to create more inclusive networks, which I have noticed starting to happen since I moved to the UK 18 months ago. In Australia, I was involved in industry groups like the National Association of Women in Construction. We had events to encourage women into the industry and it provided a support network for women already in construction. 

LENDLEASE IS A PLACE FOR ME BECAUSE…

There are really interesting jobs. I have always been on interesting projects with unique challenges. I’m in the Aspire programme this year, and the opportunities for progression are fantastic. I wouldn’t have that at any other company – it lets me work on the things I need to become a leader.

If you’re interested in a role like Amber’s, visit our Lendlease careers page here
Amber Neate
We recently became the first property group in the United Kingdom to achieve the National Equality Standard (NES).

Independently assessed by EY, the standard sets out clear equality aims and is supported by the Home Office, CBI, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  

Simon Feeke, Lead Assessor for the NES, said: “Lendlease has proven that it is possible to drive meaningful change in a sector that is often considered ‘too difficult’ for diversity and inclusion efforts."

We're committed to being a place for all. And the NES is a fantastic result as we continue our journey to break down barriers and progressively lead the industry on diversity. 
We recently became the first property group in the United Kingdom to achieve the National Equality Standard (NES).
In the UK, less than 10% of the engineering sector is made up of women. Engineering also faces the same issue as the wider industry, a looming skills gap. So, what’s the answer? 

Since 2014, Women in Engineering day has been working hard to encourage more women into the sector. Diversifying and widening the industry’s talent pool for the future with events, inspiring speakers, and engaging with young girls considering future career options. This year, it’s gone international.

At Lendlease, we want to give women and men the same chance to succeed, and build a varied and challenging career with us for the long-term. To celebrate the aims of International Women in Engineering Day and find out how Lendlease is approaching diversity, we spoke with Chris Mills, Head of Structures in Lendlease Europe, and Vanessa Quansah, Senior Civil & Structural Engineer at Lendlease.

Is Lendlease progressive when it comes to diversity?

“Yes…since joining Lendlease my awareness about the lack of women in engineering and the industry has definitely increased,” says Chris. “I can see that achieving gender equality and a level playing field for everyone to succeed is taken very seriously and is incredibly important to us.”
 
“We put in the right incentives,” agrees Vanessa. “But across the industry, you still don’t see many females in leadership positions.”

Lendlease is a place for all, but how can we actively encourage more women into these fields?

“We need to make engineering far more appealing to women and encourage young people into the industry,” says Chris. “Dispel some of the stereotypes that it’s only for men and you can’t be creative…we also need to improve awareness about how studying Engineering provides transferable skills and great opportunities for a flexible and rewarding career in the future.”

Vanessa agrees: “Physics plays an important role in civil/structural engineering, yet for the last 25 years only 20% of A-level physics students are females. As a STEM ambassador, I’ve witnessed first-and the positive impact early engagement can have – it’s up to us as an industry to demonstrate to young girls that engineering is far more than number crunching; it’s a career that encourages innovation, creativity, and variety.

“I think everyone who is interested in diversifying the industry for the future has to think of how they can personally help – it’s not just up to the leaders of a business.”

 
International Women in Engineering Day

What change would you like to see in the engineering sector?

“I’d like for young women in the industry to feel more empowered and confident to give new roles and challenges a go, and put their hands up for opportunities,” says Vanessa. “To do that, we have to have those opportunities available for them.”

Chris agrees: “I would like to see our consultants and supply chain share our visions and we have a great opportunity to positively influence this.”

This year’s IWED theme is #MenAsAllies…

Chris says: “I like to think that I qualify for #MenAsAllies as I’ve previously managed a large diverse team with 30% female engineers, adopting equal pay and career progression done on merit.” 

“INWED is a great event celebrating women as engineers and focussing on their achievements…I’ve been inspired by Vanessa in the short time I’ve known her…I recently attended the Women in Construction Awards where Vanessa was shortlisted for Young Engineer of the Year and she’s recently become a Chartered Member of the ICE. I’m delighted that Vanessa also wants to sit her IStructE exam and that she sees her long-term future in Engineering.”

Why is Lendlease a place for you?

“There are so many people with such a wealth of knowledge that you can learn from,” says Vanessa. “You’re allowed to get stuck in and follow your own path.”

“Lendlease are different and we are encouraged to do things differently,” says Chris. “Plus, you get to work on some incredible urban regeneration and construction projects.”