Paula is a civil engineer at one of the UK’s leading UK construction and civil engineering organisations, Sir Robert McAlpine. As well as her role as an engineer, Paula is passionate about championing young people and supporting them to pursue a career in engineering and construction.
In 2020, she was crowned regional apprentice champion at the National Apprenticeship Awards and recognised by the industry as being among the top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) in 2019. The WE50 is designed to change perceptions and encourage young women to consider engineering as a career. Paula is also the current European Women in Construction (WICE) Award Lifetime in Engineering winner and won the Lifelong Inspiration category at the Tees Businesswomen Awards, 2021.
Paula is always keen to promote her profession and has helped the North East Apprentice Ambassador Network and regularly speaks to students in schools. It is clear to see why she backs the OneVoice campaign, with the development of people being one of its key three values.
Paula said: “The OneVoice campaign is something I was keen to put my support behind. Its values of unifying the sector to ensure that North East England becomes a beacon of best practice, is to be commended.
“The three key aims of the campaign – people, value and climate – are crucial to driving our sector forward. We need to challenge people and organisations to step away from box ticking, to collaborate and make the changes necessary to keep the sector advancing.
“Mentoring and developing our future workforce is something that I am very passionate about, and I am keen to play a role in encouraging not just young people, but women also, to join construction and to showcase career benefits.
“I think if we can put competitiveness to one side and work together, real change can take place. This will be a long-term journey.”