Meet the team

Helen Denham

Helen started her career as a Veterinary Nurse and went on to work in Wildlife Conservation and Land Management. After achieving an Open University Human Geography Degree at 38, she joined the construction industry.

Meet Helen Denham, Site Sustainability Manager who is currently working on Victoria Square & University of Surrey projects. 

Helen started her career as a Veterinary Nurse and went on to work in Wildlife Conservation and Land Management. After achieving an Open University Human Geography Degree at 38, she joined the construction sector – and Sir Robert McAlpine. We spoke to her to learn more.

How did you come to join Sir Robert McAlpine?

In 2014 I was looking for a change from environmental consultancy, as my strengths were based on being involved in managing the interface with construction and consultants at site level.

What does your current role involve?

As a Site Sustainability Manager, I promote responsible sourcing, environmental best practice and community engagement, and I report qualitative data linked to sustainability targets.

I am also involved in the Company Sustainability Delivery Group, and currently leading the Biodiversity Working Group with head office team and regions.

What makes Sir Robert McAlpine different to other employers?

You feel involved. Your opinions are welcomed, and you’re recognised for your strengths and experience.

Why is Sir Robert McAlpine a good place to work in as sustainability-linked role?

The company is 150 years old, but it has and is continuously evolving. It recognises there are many threads to sustainability; and in my role that means there is always motivation to deliver this through meeting our environmental, social and economic goals.

Which qualities do you think it takes to succeed here?

Being a good communicator, respecting others and being willing to see every day as a day to learn.

You’re a regular participant at our careers events. What do you enjoy about them?

Talking to Year 7s upwards is great. I get to explain how from bare earth we develop iconic buildings and breathe life into areas that require economic rejuvenation; how that relates to sustainability – and that it takes all manner of individuals to make it happen.

What’s your favourite Sir Robert McAlpine project?

Watermark, Southampton. It was my first, where I cut my teeth in the company and the construction industry.

How would you sum up Sir Robert McAlpine in three words?

Community. Inclusive. Professional.

What would you say to anyone thinking of joining us?

This is the company for you, if you are prepared to work autonomously, but also understand you will be part of the team.

 

Meet the team

  1. Max Hacon

    Max Hacon

    After graduating in Civil Engineering at Bristol University, Max joined us in January 2018. We caught up with him to find out more about the start of his career with us.

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  2. Ella Mills

    Ella Mills

    Ella is undertaking a Planning Apprenticeship, whilst studying Construction Management at London Southbank Uni. We caught up with Ella to learn about her experiences so far.

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  3. Luigi Pettinato

    Luigi Pettinato

    Luigi completed his studies and started out on his engineering career in his home country of Italy. We were pleased to welcome him to our team in May 2018, after he had relocated to the UK. We spoke to him about the move and his experiences with us.

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