I am the team leader for the local roads maintenance team that runs the large-scale resurfacing and surface treatment programmes across the whole of Hertfordshire. I currently manage a team of 15 staff which includes engineers, permitting officers and communication officers. Together with our client, I manage a £15 million budget across the year.

My role is very rewarding as I get to oversee the counties resurfacing programmes and make some important decisions to ensure every penny spent counts. I enjoy looking after a great team who work hard and it is those good relationships that make coming into work a pleasure.

Being offered the role of team leader was a huge achievement for me. I started my career as an admin assistant within highways and have been lucky to learn on the job to become an engineer and now progress to a team leader. I was also very proud that one of my team was a finalist in the women in construction awards this year.

I have just recently brought a new house with my husband and we are in the process of decorating and making it a home. If I get a spare moment from decorating I like to spend time with our house rabbit and cat.

My advice for people beginning their career is don't let anyone tell you that you can't be what you want to be. Take as much advice from your peers, listen, learn, work hard and you'll get there.