Tideway, the company building London’s super sewer, has been named in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018 with its Chief Executive Officer Andy Mitchell a finalist in the Gender Champion Award category.
The Times Top 50 list recognises UK employers leading on gender equality and is published in partnership with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week.
From the outset, Tideway has created an inclusive workplace culture and its commitment to gender parity is embedded in its business strategy.
Julie Thornton, HR Director at Tideway, said: “As a relatively new organisation we are incredibly proud that our efforts to make Tideway a great place for women to work have been recognised and validated by the gender equality campaign of Business in the Community. Our ambition to achieve gender parity and create an inclusive workplace culture are priorities for Tideway as they are a key part of how we will successfully deliver one of London’s largest infrastructure projects.”
Andy Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer at Tideway, said: “We want to do all we can to promote greater participation of women in construction and engineering, which is why we’re setting ourselves a gender target - ultimately aiming to achieve 'gender parity' in the core Tideway organisation by the end of construction in 2024*.”
Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “Congratulations to CEO Andy Mitchell on being named as a Finalist in the Gender Champion Award category at the Business in the Community Gender Equality Awards and Tideway being listed in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2018. They have shown they are committed to enabling women and men to contribute equally to society and recognise the positive impact of having a diverse workforce at all levels. I hope other organisations will follow their example of best practice.”
Tideway were recognised for a number of initiatives including establishing the first Returner Programme outside the banking industry, specially designed culturally modest Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and maternity PPE and an employee resource group for gender parity.
*This date was revised to 2025 following an assessment of the impacts of the pandemic on the project's schedule.