Road Safety Manager

What is your job role? 

A lot of my time is spent out on the road with our HGV drivers as well as with branch managers and transport managers.  I promote road safety and run a road safety scheme for Buildbase called Sharper Smoother Safer, which achieved 80% reduction in collisions in the London area when it was launched in 2017. The scheme is going from strength-to-strength, still delivering reductions wherever it is implemented. 

What’s it like to work for Buildbase?

It’s a great company to work for with lots of opportunities. I started out as a PA at head office, but wasn’t pigeonholed, my manager recognised my abilities so I got to move into a totally different role and environment. Working at Buildbase is also very hands-on; everyone rolls up their sleeves to work together as part of one big team.

What do you enjoy about your role?

I love the variety and the characters that I get to work with. No two days are the same. One minute I can be suited and booted at a conference with road safety professionals and the next I’m kitted out in a hi-vis vest and hardhat ready to spend the day with our drivers. It’s also great fun to turn up at a building site where nobody is expecting a woman, and even better when I’m with one of our female HGV drivers!

How did you get into the industry?

I started working at Grafton Group in 2015 as a temping PA. I’d previously worked in HR and cosmetics, so merchanting didn’t sound very exciting and I thought I’d only be here a short time. In reality it was a great environment to work in, we had fun and everyone was supportive with no airs and graces. I became interested in getting more involved in the business and meeting different kinds of people, and working as a woman in a predominantly male role appealed as I felt that I could bring something different. My current role started in 2017 as a pilot project to reduce collisions. I quickly gained the respect of the drivers by spending all day out with them to understand their job and challenges.

What advice would you give to other
women wanting to work in the industry?

Don’t be put off by its stereotypical image. Women have a lot to bring this industry; it’s just a case of using your skills. It doesn’t matter what product a business is selling, it’s all about the people who you work with.