JANE Towse works for Raynesway Construction Southern and is 1996 Site Engineer of the Year. She says of her win: 'The £1,000 prize was very nice indeed - it is the best days work I've done. It means that everyone knows who I am and I get a lot of teasing about it.'
Since 1997 Jane has taken on the position of Area North Agent, Hampshire Term Maintenance. She is responsible for all the routine maintenance, minor works, construction schemes, gully emptying contract, emergency works and winter maintenance throughout North Hampshire.
She looks after about 10 maintenance gangs totalling about 24 men and is 'busy until I go home'. Ms Towse explains that the trick of managing the gangs is 'not necessarily to get people to work faster - but instead work more efficiently'.
Looking after term maintenance in North Hampshire is quite different from her previous role as a site engineer. But Jane reckons that both jobs rely on good man management.
Get up and get ready for work
Turn on TV for the kids to watch Teletubbies for the kids
Kiss everyone goodbye
Arrive at the Hook Depot - organise the gangs that work for me so everyone knows where they are going and what they are doing. Slot type A orders into the programme. Complete paperwork from the previous day and order materials for the current day
Meet with the client - Hampshire County Council, discuss works orders and queries
Visit relevant sites anywhere in North Hampshire from Andover to Yately (cover about 80 miles a day)
Go to head office at Winchester, submit completed works orders for invoicing and drop off time sheets and plant returns
Check the weather forecast. If it freezes I have to mobilise 16 drivers for salt runs at 7pm and 4am
Return to the Hook office and get on with the paperwork
Gangs return and answer queries (I am a social worker, agony aunt, safety adviser and many other)
Paper work and go home.
Jane Towse is thoroughly enjoying her new role, but says: 'I wouldn't like to go back to working weekends.'
Work should definitely be a five day affair.'