Inspiring the Next Generation of Water Leaders: In Conversation with Lucia Cade
In a changing world where our environments and societies become more diverse, it’s increasingly important for our workforce to reflect the diversity of the communities that we support, in order to truly understand and meet our clients’ needs.
By increasing diversity of thought, culture, background, experiences, and personalities, we create a more competitive and dynamic industry.
Lee Foster, WSP’s Technical Executive of Water Treatment, recently interviewed Lucia Cade, Chair of South East Water (SEW), who throughout her career has challenged the status quo and transforming the water sector.
Lucia has extensive experience in the utility, infrastructure and construction industries as a director, executive and an advisor, specialising in business strategy, organisational change, strategic stakeholder engagement, incentivised procurement models and major projects.
She says, “I love that there is a very shared-value approach to success in our business and industry. The relentless energy and focus that we put into doing things better and more efficiently is shared with our employees, the community, our customers and shareholders and our investments in improved services are all for a broader benefit and I think that’s quite magical.
“When I first started my career, one of the challenges that stood out for me was seeing leaders mostly with the same personality type. In the past, merit has been defined by people who defined success by what they looked like 10 years ago rather than different thinking styles, backgrounds and attitudes coming together to create a fuller whole. What’s changed since then is the concept of leadership and what it takes to be a good leader has evolved to provide greater diversity of thought to achieve better outcomes.”
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