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Looking for a job in Water? Meet Gemma Hoad, WSPs water team

Looking for a job in Water? Meet Gemma Hoad, WSP's water team

 May 20, 2021

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WSP knows that water is our most essential natural resource, responsible for shaping the built environment and sustaining the natural environment. Managing water effectively and sustainably is more critical than ever.

WSP's Water Services provides integrated thinking for managing water resources and creating more resilient environments. Their Water teams are technical leaders in the sector and foster a proactive, responsible and collaborative work ethic. They're committed to providing an inspirational, supportive and inclusive workplace environment. Successful candidates become a key part of a national team, dedicated to delivering innovative, lasting solutions to the highest profile challenges faced by WSP's clients.

Meet one of WSP's women project managers working in their Water team 


Meet Gemma Hoad. She works for WSP, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consultancies. Gemma is part of a team of technical specialists and strategic advisers spread across the UK and is an Associate Project Manager working in the Water business.

Having worked on some of the UK’s biggest infrastructure schemes, including HS2 (a state-of-the-art, high-speed  railway system in the United Kingdom), Gemma explains what it has been like returning to work after a year’s maternity leave, with the added challenge of starting back at work during a pandemic.

“I’ve appreciated the flexible working arrangements alongside the remote working, such as being able to vary my start and finish times - that has certainly helped whilst getting the new childcare arrangements in place. The support from colleagues, acknowledging my new situation, has also meant a lot and has helped me quickly feel part of the team again," explains Gemma.

From water consultancy to project management

Gemma had worked in water consultancy for almost 15 years before she joined WSP in 2017. "I’m particularly proud of the shift that I’ve made more recently to project managing some pretty complex and challenging projects. With the support of WSP, I was able to complete the APM Project Management Qualification and that has made a huge difference to my confidence,” attests Gemma.  

Wide collaboration and a commitment to diversity

Although based at WSP’s Basingstoke office, Gemma works with colleagues across the country, which she says adds variety and interest to her role. Most recently, Gemma volunteered to become a Diversity & Inclusion Champion and is enjoying shaping how the business provides equal opportunities for colleagues at WSP. 

A water-led approach for built and natural environments

“If anyone is looking for a new opening in the water sector, I’d recommend WSP as a company to really consider. I like that it’s a place where everyone if focussed on making a difference to the world around us, big or small, and that makes coming to work easy!” 

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At WSP, their team of water experts understand the regional complexities and local subtleties of addressing water-related environmental challenges.

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