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Meet Rhona Cameron - Women in Construction Week 2024


Today on International Women’s Day we meet our HR Director Rhona Cameron! Rhona feels empowered to shape a positive workplace and culture within her role at Scot JCB.

 

1. Tell us about your career and what inspired you to join the family business? 

I did business management at university and when I graduated I got onto the Marks and Spencer’s graduate scheme.  While doing this role I realised I wanted to get into HR so I went back to university and did a Post Grad in Human Resources.  My first role was in Glasgow as an Admin Assistant and then I moved to London to work for Network Rail.  I learned a lot in this role as it was so fast paced.  I decided to move back to Glasgow and at the time Scot JCB Group had no HR department.  I felt it was a great opportunity for me and also the business.  When I started we had 160 staff over 7 locations and now we have 350 staff over 17 locations through growth and acquisitions. 

 

2. Throughout your time at Scot JCB, what changes have you seen in construction and at Scot JCB with regards to gender bias?  

 

We are more aware of it as an business and we challenge it. 

 

3. How does it feel being a woman working in a historically male dominated industry?   

 

I have never looked at it like that as a male dominated industry but I realise it is. I think that is because we are all equal in the business.  I enjoy working in the industry and that is down to the people in our business.  We have some great people. 

 

4. How do you feel empowered within your role as a female Director at Scot JCB?  

 

I feel empowered to shape a positive workplace culture, address the challenges and contribute to the overall success of the Scot JCB Group. 

 

5. The theme of International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘inspiring inclusion’, how do you think this could be achieved in the construction industry and how is Scot JCB helping achieve inclusion?   

 

We promote diverse hiring and recognising individuals’ achievements.   

 

6. What advice would you give to women interested in a career in construction industry? 

 

 Go for it and apply.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed. Its fast moving and challenging. 

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