Jane Bell

Name: Jane Bell

Position: Estimator

Email: jane.bell@harryfairclough.co.uk

“It’s never been an option for me to work in any industry other than construction and I have always had an interest in understanding the way that things are built. I began my career when I was 16 and now have 16 years’ experience, working my way up from admin roles initially, gaining qualifications to support my development and gaining experience of working for both build and civil engineering companies.

“I was the only woman in the class, when I studied for my Building Studies qualification and assistant Estimator HNC which just made me more determined to see females better represented in the industry. My role as Assistant Estimator involved marking up enquiries for the project estimator and pricing jobs under the supervision of the pre-construction manager. I worked on refurbishment and new build projects and like getting out to sites, before the job starts, to meet the client and understand the brief as part of the tender process. I enjoyed working with subcontractors, dealing with their queries and being part of the wider project team. There’s a friendly atmosphere in the office and a fantastic team spirit, with lots of encouragement at every level. The company designed a development plan for my progression along with a Project Management training programme which supported me towards my goal of becoming an estimator. I’m enjoying adding value on the projects I work on and I’m looking forward to contributing to the future growth of the business.”

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