Historically, scaffolding has been – and is still perceived to be – a male-dominated environment throughout companies in the UK.
Our colleague and Gilray Plant Limited company director Sarah Wilson, is one such professional in the scaffolding industry who has bucked the trend. She has not only played a leading role in the success and development of Gilray, but is also Vice Chair of the NASC Hire & Sale Committee.
Sarah has worked in the scaffolding industry for 24 years and has seen many changes in that time. She now heads this very well established company with fellow director Ralph Wilson and under their leadership, the company has grown steadily over the years with a reputation for great service, honesty and fairness.
On being asked what she enjoys about working in the industry, Sarah said she loves the entrepreneurial spirit of the scaffolding industry: the fact that anyone can attempt to build a business from scratch and therefore create employment and a family feel within a company. Her own experiences have mirrored this and created ties of loyalty and connection that have served both her and the business very well.
In regards to what advice she would give to other women looking to follow in her footsteps, Sarah would say to have faith in yourself and to make your own path through hard work and application.
Sarah is a role model for women looking to start a journey on a successful and rewarding career within the flourishing UK scaffolding industry, which epitomizes so much of the “can do” entrepreneurial spirit of this country.