International Women's Day – interview with Jo Davis, Regional Senior Director, GVA

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 the privilege of running the Bristol Office of GVA Property Consultants – and heading up the Planning, Development and Regeneration team across the South West and Wales region.  At GVA we advise on all property matters dealing with projects across the South West. We act on a series of high profile projects including the disposal of Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in the middle of Bath city centre. I advise clients on commercial planning matters, including the redevelopment of Redcliff Quarter and Temple Circus in Bristol City Centre and 1500 new homes at Locking Parklands in Weston-super-Mare. I also have a range of public sector clients across the region.

What does a typical weekday entail?

I tend to head for the office for 7am catching up on emails and reports before the day starts.  The main part of the day is taken up with client and project meetings.  I am incredibly fortunate − the nature of the projects I work on means that my working day is never the same.  In addition to negotiating on development projects I am involved in driving the GVA Bristol business forward and working with an incredibly talented team to motivate and assist to ensure as a business we maintain excellence for our clients.

Who do you consider to be a female role-model of yours?

I take inspiration from many people – in the property world you don’t get more inspirational than Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid – if ever there was a can-do attitude, Zaha had it.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Be yourself, ask questions and if it doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.

What is one thing on your bucket list?

Getting my half marathon time down to 1hour 50

Where is the best place you have travelled to?

Any and every location which requires skis as footwear. There is something about being in the snow-covered mountains which is inspirational and stress-busting in equal measures.  And of course the beer always tastes better at higher attitude!

What has been your proudest moment in the last five years?

Most of my proudest moments come from being a mum − cheesy but true.  But professionally being asked to take on the role on the GVA Executive Board and championing the company’s inclusion strategy is right up there too.

Jo Davis is Regional Senior Director of GVA.

Please follow the links to read further interviews with Sara Parker Sales Director, West Region for Barratt David Wilson Homes and Penny Cameron of Stanhope plc.