04 / 03 / 2024

To further celebrate Women in Construction Week, we’re keen to shed the spotlight on another exemplary woman from the Lovell community: Gemma Tovey! Gemma is our Sustainability Lead , playing a significant role in helping us to work with partners to secure a greener, fairer construction sector.

Q1. Tell us about your role at Lovell

In my role as the Sustainability Lead, I am dedicated to raising awareness among our employees about the significance of sustainability across the construction sector. My job has quite a dynamic nature, enabling me to interact with a diverse range of individuals within the organisation. I regularly visit different sites and regional offices to understand how we can reduce our carbon emissions across the business and effectively implement more sustainable practices.

Q2. What appealed to you about the industry?

I have always had an aspiration to make a substantial impact within the industry and business I am part of. Although the construction industry is making progress in reducing its carbon footprint, there’s still a long way to go. I wanted to work in an industry where I was able to be challenged, and where my efforts could yield a positive impact. The sector’s recent commitment towards a greener future further amplifies my enthusiasm to deliver real and lasting change.   

Q3. What was your route into the industry?

I studied Geography at university, which was a great introduction to the principles of sustainability. After completing my studies, I dedicated two years to working in sustainability consultancy. This helped me further pursue my passion for the environment by crafting sustainability strategies and offering informed advice on sustainability matters in a corporate setting. These years were significant in my career as they not only deepened my knowledge, but also equipped me with the expertise to transition into the construction industry, where I knew I could deliver impactful positive change.

Q4. What advice would you give to other women looking to get into the industry?

Embrace the opportunity! The conventional perception of the construction industry really doesn't align with the reality—it's much more diverse now, with a significant presence of women, both on site and within office-based jobs. There are so many diverse roles on offer, making it inclusive for individuals with varied interests and skills, so don’t discount it on first glance.

Q5. Why’s it so important to have a diverse construction sector?

A diverse construction sector is essential to tap into a variety of skill sets and ideas, which is ultimately what sets a business apart from its competitors. For the industry to progress and evolve in line with society’s changing nature, it needs to embrace diversity - attracting a range of individuals who can collectively make the best contribution to the sector's growth and innovation.

We’re proud to see Gemma driving change across the Lovell Partnerships business, collaborating with employees to apply effective green initiatives and deliver truly sustainable homes throughout the country.

Check out our website and social channels for more inspiring Women in Construction Week content coming your way this week!