We think it’s about time we introduced you to some of the talented people who are part of the Watson team.

Meet Elleise Stanton, one of our newest recruits, who recently joined us as people and culture manager.

We grabbed five with Elleise to find out about her new role and what she gets up to outside work:

Welcome to Watson, Elleise! Tell us what your new role as people and culture manager is all about?

My job is all about understanding each person’s role within the company and making sure our staff are looked after and feeling valued. I want to ensure we have great communications throughout the business. I’m also helping out with any recruitment, identifying the right people for the business and encouraging diversity throughout.

How important is creating a culture in a construction company?

It’s as important as in any business! We already have a great culture at Watson. Being a family business that’s expanding, we have to make sure we don’t lose what makes us great. We believe in being open with who we are and how we do things is vital. It helps us to attract the right people so that everyone who works here is happy and feels valued.

What attracted you to Watson?

I’ve worked with Watson previously and had a great relationship with the team. So, when I saw this role advertised, I jumped at the chance! I’ve always worked for large companies but after learning about small businesses, I wanted to work somewhere that I could have more impact and add greater value. I have years of people management under my belt but didn’t want to be limited to just HR and I wanted to draw on my merchanting background. My role as people and culture manager at Watson gives me that scope.

You’re passionate about encouraging more women into construction. Can you explain why diversity is so important for the sector?

The construction sector accounts for a huge chunk of our economy, so it opens an opportunity to lead from the front and implement change. We need to educate people about the issues around diversity and why the sector doesn’t attract more women. It’s also important to talk more about the positives within the roles that people are quick to judge on. Doing so could make the industry more attractive to women. I’d like to gain a better understanding of why construction doesn’t attract more women as I’ve been doing it for years and love it!

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do outside work…

I spend a lot of time doing CrossFit and staying fit. I’m very passionate about food, trying new places – especially Thai and Asian food, so let me know if you have any recommendations. Combining my passion for fitness and food means I’m also in the middle of a course to become a certified nutritional coach.

Make sure to follow Elleise on LinkedIn for more updates from Watson.