This month we sat with Amelia, and discussed how she got into property, what her role at REDD looks like, as well as her feelings towards the wider industry and what being a woman in a male-led industry sector is like.
What motivated you to pursue a career in project management and development?
Honestly, Grand Designs. And an appreciation of interior design and architecture from a young age. I have always been inspired by the idea of transforming buildings and spaces to create environments that people enjoy.. I feel very lucky to manage projects through from inception to completion.
Which REDD project are you most looking forward to completing?
I’m excited to see One Palace Green finally being restored, it’s a beautiful building and it has been fascinating to learn more about the history of the building. We have a unique opportunity to work with the original features and character of the building whilst embracing the challenge to mindfully adapt the building to the modern lifestyle that prospective buyers like today, whilst reducing the impact that the building has on the environment.
What are some of the things you enjoy most about working in project management and development?
I am very fortunate to work with extremely talented and creative teams of architects, designers, engineers and contractors on some very unique projects. I love working with such a wide variety of people from whom I have so much to learn and admire.
What are some of the perceptions and stereotypes about women in project management and development that you want to challenge or change?
In certain areas of the industry, there is still a lingering perception that men are better suited to certain roles. However, I believe that the notion of having to shout the loudest to be heard or being the most commanding presence in the room is outdated and ineffective in today's world. As women, we have a valuable role to play, and the positive shift in attitudes is encouraging and must continue.
What are some of the notable contributions that women have made in the world of property?
Many influential architects, designers, and agents have paved the way for more women to follow suit, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Additionally, the establishment of support networks by women, for women, has proven to be immensely beneficial.
How do you think the property industry can promote gender equality and create more opportunities for women?
One of our primary responsibilities is to educate the younger generation of women about the diverse range of careers available in the industry and support them as they navigate through these early stages. Encouraging work experience opportunities is vital to ensure a diverse pool of talented candidates enter the field.
How can mentorship and networking play a role in advancing the careers of women in the property field?
Having a support network within the industry is priceless. By sharing experiences and jointly addressing challenges, we create a stronger foundation for growth. Furthermore, acknowledging and promoting fellow women for various opportunities has a profound impact on shaping the landscape for the better.
- If you had to pick one London Summer social event to attend, what would it be? Wimbledon - it is a very special event. I love to go when I have the opportunity.
- What's the most adventurous thing you have ever done? . I really enjoy a sea swim. Regardless of the time of year, I'm always up for a dip.
- What's your favourite way to relax and unwind after a busy day? Food and drinks with friends usually does the trick. London's vibrant food scene offers a plethora of exciting options and I love to try new places.
- One item you don't go anywhere without? Undoubtedly a snack.