Long-standing Murphy employee planning for success at this year's WICE Awards

This week we caught up with WICE Award finalist, Aarti Didi, senior planning manager, who told us about being nominated and her time with Murphy.

The WICE awards recognise women from all across Europe that are “breaking down barriers and building new highs”.

Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK. Most of these jobs are office based with only 2% working in manual jobs. In engineering the figure is even lower than construction with women representing only 9% of the work-force.

The aim of the awards is to make the industry more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in engineering or construction, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women.

Aarti is a finalist for the 'Best Construction Planner’ award.

How long have you been with Murphy?

I joined Murphy in January 2008, so recently had the pleasure of being recognised and rewarded for my commitment and contribution to the company over the last ten years.

Tell us a little bit about your role.

I lead and support the planning function within the M3 Strategic Business Unit, making sure that we delivery industry leading planning and project controls through the full lifecycle of our projects.

What's been your proudest achievement at Murphy so far?

Over the last ten years I have had the pleasure of being involved in many projects which have delivered tender margin, but the most recent success would be the Thames Tideway schemes under the UKPN LPN Civils and Cable Works Framework. These three schemes (Kirtling Street, Chambers Wharf and Norman Road) involved 11kV/22kV/33kV/132kV cable connections and associated civil works.

Are there any particular challenges you've faced and overcome?

Promoting planning and project controls can sometimes be a challenge, but being part of the wider planning team led by Mark Singleton (Group Head of Planning & Project Controls) has made sure that we have the processes in place that mean we can positively influence the future outcome of projects in relation to time and cost.

How do you feel about being a WICE Awards finalist?

I feel honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award, and being shortlisted as a finalist is a pleasant surprise.

What would you say to other women considering a career in engineering?

I would encourage them to enter and realise the many opportunities that not only lie in the fields of engineering but careers which are STEM based.

Good Luck Aarti!

The finalists will be going forward to the judging panel in April with the award ceremony taking place on 24th May 2018 in London.

Find out more about the WICE Awards at www.wiceawards.com

Posted Friday, April 6, 2018 by Emma Best

Awards, People, Power

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