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Meet a member: Rachel Toor, Shaylor Group

8 May 2018

The trainee site manager is working towards MCIOB via PDP

Tell us about your construction career so far? Why did you choose construction? 

I started out as a plumbing and gas engineer, worked in a college and for the local authority in between then came to Shaylor Group as a trainee site manager.

I have been in the industry for just under 10 years. I chose construction because it was something completely different. I didn’t want to do the norm as I was pushed to do!

I was “advised” to do something my community would normally do… doctor solicitor etc. For me turning a vacant plot into something spectacular was so appealing and interesting. I never was one for sitting behind the desk.

What sets you apart from your peers?

I went to Bahrain in November to present my degree dissertation findings on ethnic minorities in construction. It was a fantastic opportunity to speak on a subject that I am so passionate about.

My hope is to continue to drive that forward and change the face of the construction industry in the future.

If you could change one thing about the industry what would it be and why?

Red tape. I know we need health and safety but sometimes it goes so far that it can worry you. I find myself overthinking certain aspects because you genuinely want to ensure that site and those on it are safe and go home to their families each day.

How have you found your experience as a female site manager?

Most of the people I come across have a lot of respect for what I do. Operatives on site are usually fine with me being there although I have come across individuals who feel the need to undermine me, talk over me or repeat what I’ve said because apparently it wasn’t correct when I said it! I have found that with both men and women.

Overall, respect is earned and gender shouldn’t even come into it.   


Kudos Rachel and I trust CIOB to give you full support. Evidence shows that female managers may be more effective negotiators, able to utilize interpersonal and communication skills to better facilitate a cooperative and effective working environment. With your nurturing nature, these skills are required for construction management jobs – dealing with customers, solving personnel issues, etc. – you will be able to an indispensable component of the construction industry. Please use this platform to raise more awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.


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