Emma Tyler Newbould is an assistant site manager at Kier and she joined after doing an industrial placement year whilst at university. Here, Emma give an overview of her career to-date and explains why social value is so important to her.

“In 2015, I undertook a placement year at Kier when I was doing my degree in construction management at Liverpool John Moores University. Whilst on placement, I worked in various departments including; operational and planning & design.

During the year, I worked on the Storyhouse Chester theatre project. My role was to support the teams by collecting and checking package information, ensuring health and safety on site was maintained, producing and updating programmes including weekly progress, and creating and updating Early Warning schedules for NEC contracts.

My placement year was great and so, I was thrilled when I was offered a job at Kier as a trainee planner, which I did alongside finishing my last year at university. Working with the senior planner I created programmes and logistics as part of a tender submission, as well as updating weekly progress and issuing new programmes to the client for acceptance on live projects.

When I graduated, I was offered the position of graduate site manager and I worked alongside senior members of the management team to deliver our FA Parklife project.

I have since been promoted to an assistant site manager and am currently working on Manchester Metropolitan’s School of Digital Arts (SODA). The building once complete will be used for teaching the following courses; film, animation, UX design, photography, sound design and gaming.

My role is to assist in the day to day managing of site including; maintaining health and safety standards, putting people to work correctly, managing subcontract packages and meeting site deadlines. Primarily ensuring quality standards are met, corporate social responsibility targets are achieved, and all procedures and paperwork are in place and followed correctly.

Since working at Kier, it’s clear to me that delivering a project isn’t only about the project itself, but how you can leave a lasting positive legacy for the communities around you. In November and December I volunteered at The Bread and Butter Thing, a food charity distribution centre. I worked with the SODA team to coordinate the installation of a large storage shed for a local primary school and volunteered at Mission Christmas in Liverpool, helping to distribute toys to vulnerable children across the north west.

I have tried to take this into my personal life too and last year, with my partner, we made scrubs for local hospitals to show our appreciation for the NHS and the great work they have done. I am an advocate for women in construction and have presented at numerous engagements, including virtually in line with social distancing.
For me, it’s really important to try and give back where I can and I am so passionate about encouraging women to join the industry. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and I hope that I can inspire others to do the same.”