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07 Feb 2018
In this series of mini profiles with employees from across The Coleman Group, we are showcasing our commitment to diversity and highlighting the opportunities (and the challenges) for women in our industry.
This time we are focusing on Jemima Wong, Environmental Manager for The Coleman Group.

Beating off stiff competition
I joined The Coleman Group as Environmental Manager around 18 months ago. Prior to that I had spent ten years in proposal management roles in various structural design, waste and decommissioning businesses.

I also completed an MSc in Environmental Management to add to my commercial experience. I work to ensure the company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) meets the requirements of ISO 14001.

I also provide support to operational teams ensuring we are in full compliance with environmental regulatory requirements, company policies and site procedures. Over the last decade I’ve developed expertise in preparing and submitting technical proposals for a wide range of projects for blue-chip clients.

I’ve built up an extensive knowledge of decommissioning from both a technical and operational point of view, which gave me the skills needed for the role at The Coleman Group.

The Coleman Group is well respected within the demolition industry and was a company I often competed against. Since joining, the business has offered me a great opportunity to work in the field on projects around the country.

Jobs for the boys
I’ve worked in this industry for ten years and never seen a woman on the tools, so it remains a male dominated environment. However, there is an increase in numbers of women in managerial roles and positions of influence within the business, so this can only be a good thing for the future.

Working on the Wharf
Working on the Chambers Wharf site, on the southern bank of the River Thames, has been one of the proudest moments for me at The Coleman Group. It’s part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, a £4bn infrastructure project which will see the construction of a major new sewer, urgently needed to protect the tidal River Thames from pollution.

At Chambers Wharf, 20,000t of stockpiled material was removed via barge, which avoided approximately 1.000 lorry movements through Central London as part of a commitment to use river transport as much as possible. Being part of such an ambitious project was a challenging experience. It was such a sensitive site with a demanding stakeholders and multiple contractors – and we were relieved to see the last barge sail away successfully!