As the daughter of Jamaican parents who arrived in the UK in the 1960s, Dawnet McLaughlin grew up in a society that made her feel as if she had more to prove than other people.
As a woman working in the still male-dominated property industry, she’s been able to turn that determination to her advantage; progressing her career to become commercial director at our South region.
Her taste for building was piqued growing up in Reading, where she still lives. Her Mother was a nurse, but it was her carpenter Father whose footsteps she has more closely followed since accompanying him when she was little to sites he was working on. She loved the liveliness and energy of a development.
Dawnet now has a BSc (hons) degree in quantity surveying and MBA under her belt and nearly 25 years of professional experience in the industry.
This success story is the kind of achievement Linden Homes is trying to reproduce around the country through sponsoring the National Student Awards 2016, a search by the Association of Women in Property for the industry’s most promising student.
The gender situation of the industry is improving steadily, Dawnet thinks, partly thanks to more flexible working: “There are more women in technical positions as people are starting to realise that it’s becoming more common and are increasingly trying to get the right people into the right role, rather than worrying if they are a man or a woman.
“It’s an advantage for the industry because women have a different drive and personality; they complement the guys. Around the boardroom table, for example, having women shapes the conversation differently, gives you different opinions and methods of problem-solving.”
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