International Women's Day Q&A series: Vicki Ingram

08 Mar 2024

To mark International Women’s Day, tusp as part of the BMD Group, proudly stands alongside the global community as we strive to make gender equity the foundation of our commitment to inclusivity.

We are shining a light on some of the remarkable women of tusp to gain an insight into their journey in the construction industry and to highlight the significant impact they are making as they forge their careers.

Meet Vicki, a Construction Manager at tusp, who recently worked for Network Rail Asset Protection on the HS2 Project.

We sat down with Vicki to ask her a few questions about her role and the opportunities available for women within the construction industry.

Tell me about your role and what it involves.

I’m a Construction Manager, working for Network Rail Asset Protection (ASPRO) on the HS2 project in Birmingham. I work alongside the HS2 construction team where works are taking place within 15 metres of the Network Rail boundary, to ensure that their assets are protected throughout the construction. This includes working with the sublot team to review and approve documentation and reviewing construction activities out on site to ensure that they are building to the design and methodology. I also look at the adjacent line open planning and approve these plans on behalf of Network Rail for the machines working next to the open lines.

What attracted you to the industry?

I started my career working in the training department of a large construction company. When I left there, I took on a role at Transport for London working within their training school. I was then offered secondments into access planning and then into site-based roles. I think that the encouragement to push myself to take on these secondments attracted me to the industry. In the rail industry there are always new opportunities.

What advice would you give young women entering the industry?

Don’t be afraid to push yourself into new situations, don’t ever doubt yourself and don’t be afraid to ask people to help you achieve your goals.

Do you have any role models? And if so, why are they so inspirational?

My dad is my role model. He has always had a great work ethic and has pushed and encouraged me to better myself. My dad helped me with getting my first role in the construction industry. He has also faced setbacks in his career and has always worked hard to ensure he achieves his goals.

What initiatives or changes would you like to see to further support women in the industry?

I would like to see more women being encouraged to work in site-based roles. One thing I have noticed on the HS2 works is the higher amount of women plant operators, which is great to see.