CHARLOTTE AND MARK WRITE ABOUT THEIR CAREERS, SITE EXPERIENCES AND WINVIC PROJECTS.
Charlotte Wildman joined Winvic in October 2019 as a Design Manager and at the start of 2020 she began a two year term as a Board member for The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), where she supports the development of structural engineering worldwide.
“I don’t know whether my story is unusual, but I went from not really knowing what career I wanted to being 100% sure when I found structural engineering. In 2008 I left the job I had in an outdoor shop and followed my friend onto a Civil Engineering HND course and I loved it. I then continued studying to achieve a MEng degree, and it was in 2012 when I was introduced to IStructE and I became a student representative. My role was to take students’ views back to the Institution, and because I was one of a handful of women engineers, I felt I had a lot to contribute. This then led to me championing the engagement of all minorities, and my passion really lies in breaking down barriers. My Design Manager role at Winvic is a change from working as a consulting engineer, but my knowledge of the design and construction process from an engineer’s point of view translates an in-depth appreciation of challenges and successes. This means I can get ahead of any pain points, talk in very technical structural terms when required and I understand varying people’s positions. I have no idea what the future holds for my career, but I’m certain I’ve taken the right paths since 2008 and I couldn’t have landed at a more passionate and supportive company than Winvic.”
FROM THE USA TO EMG
Mark has been part of our team for six years and almost half of that time has been spent across three different projects at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLPEMG), the most recent of which started on site in October. With a construction career spanning 25 years, we knew he’d have some insights to share.
“I’ve worked on three of the six warehouse projects, so it’s been an exciting time, starting on Plot 3 back in September 2018, moving on to Plot 5 in December 2019 and now I’m project managing the civils and infrastructure phase for the largest plateaux on the 700-acre multi-modal logistics site. My most recent handover was the fifth modern industrial facility at EMG to Games Workshop, and that’s been a very unique project in light of Covid-19 but it was a good job and it went like a dream. Around the same time as the first lockdown came into force, the end-user asked us to complete the 178,500 sq ft warehouse ahead of schedule to accommodate new game launches and an expectant busy period of distribution. What could we say but yes! One thing Winvic should be hailed for is always finding a way and Games Workshop is one happy tenant. In addition to the base build, we effected £18 million of Cat B variations and hit three early access dates, it was a successful project all round. When everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet, anything can be achieved, whether that’s delivering a project early, delivering complex variations or working to early access dates for specialist fit-out teams. I also really enjoy that part of my job, pulling everyone together, creating a rapport across the supply chain and instilling a sense of achievement in everyone throughout the programme.”
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Charlotte and Mark are just two of our team members who have taken time to write about their careers, site experiences and Winvic projects.
You can read their full blogs by visiting winvic.co.uk/news/winvic-blog, where you’ll also find 2020 opinions from people like Arun Thaneja, our BIM Lead Manager, Mark Skelton, our Civils and Infrastructure Contracts Director and our Year In Industry students. If you’re interested in a particular role or sector, why not let us know and we’ll find the right person to share their insights!
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