Women in Business at George F. White
George F. White has continued to expand and evolve since it was established, almost 40 years ago. 2017 and early 2018 has seen developments for the firm with the opening of our Newcastle office and a focus on progressing our urbanised business offerings. A key priority for us has been to recruit specialists into the expanding team, from senior management to graduates and apprentices.
Sally Hart, Operations Director
Sally Hart, previously Head of Communications, was promoted to Operations Director earlier this year. She has been steering the performance and delivery of the group by setting growth objectives across every arm of the business.
Speaking of opportunities for women within the region, Sally said: “I think the North East sets a great example in providing opportunities for women in business. I believe that’s down to the values and environment that companies create for their employees to shape their development and help them achieve their career goals, regardless of gender. George F. White provides genuine opportunity for development which is vital within a workplace. We want people to reach their full professional and personal potential.”
The industry in which George F. White sits has historically been predominantly male dominated; in July, Julie Hunter was appointed as a Partner with a view to build upon the recent success of the planning and development team, a service that has experienced consistent and strong growth. Speaking about her new position Julie said: “I am extremely proud and know that this is the beginning of something fantastic at George F. White.”
Julie Hunter, Partner
Julie studied town planning but has a background in architecture; she has continued to build a wealth of experience working with local authority planning and for house builders, such as Barratt Homes, on large scale developments. Her core objective is to expand George F. White’s presence in the region.
Julie continued to say: “The people-centred ethos of George F. White really appealed to me and the team consists of a range of talented, like-minded people who I am eager to work with, and learn from. It is refreshing to see a firm within this industry encourage women to not only progress to senior positions but voice their opinions from any level within the companies structure.”
Jessica Clark, Senior Rural Practice Surveyor
George F. White prides itself in their graduate and apprenticeship programmes. Jessica Clark is one of 19 graduates that have passed their APC at the firm in the past 10 years.
Talking about her time at the firm, Jessica said “I joined George F. White as a graduate 10 years ago and can honestly say that I have never felt inferior whilst working within a male orientated industry. It is fantastic to see more and more females coming into the industry and being supported by the business culture.”