International Women's Day – interview with Penny Cameron of Stanhope plc
This International Women's Day on 8 March 2017, we spoke to some of our female clients working in the property and construction sector to find out why they love working in the industry and uncover what their roles entail day-to-day.
Tell us a bit about your job
I have worked in the residential development field for over 20 years and have been lucky enough to work on many exciting projects, both in London and around the UK. Many of the projects I work on are large scale, mixed use developments, where the needs of various use classes must be balanced to create a cohesive new neighbourhood. I am currently working on the Television Centre project in White City, which has been an amazing opportunity to take buildings which were part of many people’s life history and create a new destination for future generations.
What does a typical week-day entail?
My job is incredibly varied. I could be working with potential partners for a new restaurant concept, developing apartment layouts with architects and interior designers, trying to balance build costs and sales values or signing off penthouse bathrooms at a pod manufacturer in Italy! I balance this with the school run and looking after my two sons and husband, aged 12, 8 and 40 something years.
Who do you consider to be a female role-model of yours?
She isn’t famous, but I was very close to one of my aunts growing up. She was a no-nonsense teacher from Lancashire, who believed you could do anything if you put your mind to it. Sadly, she died 18 years ago of cancer.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Make the most of every day and live life to the full.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
Too many to choose from! I would love to conquer my fear of swimming in open water.
Where is the best place you have travelled to?
I have been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places, but as a family we have had some very special holidays in Mauritius.
What has been your proudest moment in the last five years?
Last year, I completed the Isle of Wight Challenge, walking over 100kms in 24 hours – my feet took months to recover!