Andy led the Lanes emergency team, working on behalf of Thames Water, that first responded to the discovery of the Islington concreteberg.
At Lanes Group, one of our most important principles is making sure that all staff members are welcomed and treated fairly and equally, and that nobody joining our team is ever made to face additional barriers as a result of their identity. As such, we consider it a top priority to ensure that women engineers and other female staff members are given every chance to succeed here.
At Lanes, we are keen to make sure that female employees across every team have the support they need to fulfil their potential. We also want to ensure that talented women who are seeking roles in the drainage sector know that Lanes will offer them an environment where they are able to thrive.
Here are just some of the commitments we provide to help promote gender equality in our workplace:
Only 17% of energy and utilities sector staff members are female, compared to a UK average of 47% across all trades. (Source: Energy & Utility Skills)
Less than 1% of the craft-level UK utilities workforce is female. (Source: Energy & Utility Skills)
The average percentage of women in the top pay quartile at utilities firms is only 18.1%, lower than the average of 40.9% across all sectors. (Source: Womens Utilities Network)
Only 16% of Lanes’ job applicants between February 2020 and February 2021 within the business identified as female. (Source: Lanes Group)
At Lanes, we believe this to be a real problem, one that we are keen to be at the forefront of solving. Creating fair and equitable workplaces for men and women alike isn’t just a moral responsibility - it has the potential to actively benefit businesses and workers in various ways, including:
You can find out more about why we’re working to support and expand our female workforce here.
“Since joining Lanes, I have found all of my engineers are supportive, and are more than willing to help the “newbies” to the company, such as myself!”
Karen Darrington, depot manager, St Neots
“I find it to be a fantastic experience to work at Lanes Group. The crews we have are welcoming and understanding, and the other depots are supportive and always available to speak to you should you need it.”
Sheila Lee, site supervisor, Nottingham
“The company has made me feel welcome, and helped me adapt to the environment around me. My field manager has made adjustments when required, and being on this journey has taught me how to adapt to any given situation.”
Paris Keenan, trainee lining engineer, Thames - Slough office
“It’s incredibly gratifying to be treated with a high level of respect during my start in this industry, and as an equal amongst my peers. Lanes Group simply rewards strong work ethic and a passionate drive for growth in the business.”
Donya Seyadi, health & safety manager, Thames - Slough office
“At Lanes Group we embrace diversity and understand the importance of supporting our colleagues. We are developed based on our skill set and not our gender, and everyone is encouraged to use their voice to make a difference.”
Anna Brodnicki, operations analyst, Thames - South West Chertsey depot
“As a woman working in what is perceived to be a very masculine industry, Lanes has to be one of the most welcoming and inviting companies I have had the pleasure of working for.”
Samantha Hefferman, transport lead, Thames - South East Crossness depot
We believe this is an important area for further growth and learning across the industry, which is why we are committed to supporting sector-wide efforts to close the gender gap and achieve true equality for men and women in engineering and utilities.
Here are a few resources you can investigate for further reading on these efforts:
If you’d like to speak to Lanes Group to find out more about how we are working to support women in utilities roles, get in contact with us today. If you want to start your career journey with Lanes and find out first-hand just how many opportunities we have to offer women engineers and female staff, you can explore our jobs to find your ideal role.