A NEWLY appointed build manager in Basingstoke, who started out as a painter and decorator, says women are ripping up the rulebook in the housebuilding industry.

Suzanne Jamison has joined Bovis Homes as an area build manager and said that, while females were breaking down barriers in the sector, more should have been employed sooner.

Now she is calling for more women to be put into construction jobs.

She said: “We are ripping up the rulebook in terms of what’s possible in the construction industry and bringing fresh ideas and a different approach to what has been a very male-orientated place.”