31st July 2019
Hiya, I’m Alexis Pendleton, often known as Lexi, and I’m the Estimating Manager here at CPUK. I started working for a civil engineering company, although, after a year I moved over to the construction side when I joined here and I’ve been working my way up ever since.
I joined CPUK in its early years and being their first trainee, it was a learning experience for all of us. It had a wonderful family feel to it which I am pleased to see that after 15 years still exists today.
I spent 10 years out on site in the thick of it and studying for my quantity surveying degree. The past 5 years has seen me move into the in the office, estimating new bids and managing the team here.
I like to get in early to get set for the day ahead, check my emails and a couple of coffees before starting the main day ahead at 8 am.
The rest of the day either consists of the management side of things such as organising staff and resources, reviewing the exciting new opportunities, finding efficiencies and better ways of doing things.
Otherwise, I will be estimating new projects. I love the variety of schemes we get involved in and it always keeps you on your toes.
I’ve had a really positive experience in the last couple of years. I was worried that I might not be taken seriously or people asking questions, however, it has been completely normal. CPUK has really helped with communicating to our staff at the beginning and I always feel like they ‘have my back’
Earlier this year I was approached by the Lancashire Chamber of Commerce who asked me to do a Speech on International Women’s Day for inspiring women in construction. At various times over the past two years, our managing director has received emails from several of our clients commending my hard work and professionalism and that CPUK should be proud to have someone like me working for them.
Actually, I am very happy to say that I have not had to overcome any barriers at work. I feel that I am taken as seriously now than I did before and I have not been held back in any manner which means a lot to me.
Hopefully more visibility from companies and staff like this, will help show how diverse companies can be will help others be more confident with their true self. Another would be companies understanding that a happier and more diverse workforce can lead to better performance.
Working with like-minded people, being challenged to better myself. I take a lot of pride in my works and it’s nice to be with others that do the same.
I also love the opportunity to spot talent and inspire others. Several members of my staff have proved that they are far more capable than the roles that they started in. I am proud of Jen Eccles who has just graduated with us after five years university, Lauren Weedall who moved up into business development and Amy Hankinson who has moved up into document and data management.
Be yourself! People are more welcoming and supportive that you may think. You will also feel so much better for being yourself which in turn makes you a more productive member of staff too.
Be prepared to work hard, you are not doing your employer a favour by just being there. Be professional, respectful and working hard will give you the best chance to succeed.
Arnold Schwarzenegger did a great speech and one of the key things that stays with me is ‘have a clear vision and work your ass off’. I think if you live by this then you can’t go far wrong.
As part of my eco efforts to live more sustainably, I now make many of my own clothes.
Gaming, sewing, listening to music, especially vinyl, audiobooks, although, most of all I enjoy spending time with my wife and children.
Either a race car driver or a stay at home mum.
Working with and for CPUK will be a pleasure!