West Lindsey District Council is delighted to announce its first female building surveyor has now qualified.
Nicola Dougan, 29, has spent the last three years studying a full time degree course at the University of Westminster on a scholarship, which she won.
And on top of being mum to two boys, Samuel, 12, and Lochlan, three, she also managed to work full time at the council’s Building Control Team.
Nicola said: “I personally feel astounded that I have completed my degree successfully and also to the scholarship requirement. Especially in the final year juggling full time work alongside the full time study.
“I really would not have been able to do this without the fantastic support of my mum. It was a huge commitment and certainly shown dedication to my employer and University. I feel very lucky to be part of the team here at West Lindsey.”
Nicola has obtained a 2:1 degree, which is recognised by RICS making her the first woman at the council to qualify in this area of work.
The learning doesn’t stop here for Nicola who is hoping to continue with her APC (Assessment of Professional Competency) in September and further career progression to become a Chartered Surveyor.
Trevor Durant, Senior Building Control Surveyor said: “This is welcome news for the council and the clients that we work with as well as a huge personal achievement for Nicola.”
Nicola added: “It has been a very challenging nine months juggling both but the benefits will be reaped for the rest of my career.
“I am very excited for my future as a Building Control Surveyor leading towards full membership of the RICS as a Chartered Surveyor”.
The Building Control team can deliver an efficient, cost-effective service from free pre-application advice, plan checking service and site inspections, as well as structural calculations.
They can also assist with advice and guidance with regards to regulations for commercial, social, conversions and self-build projects for home owners, housing developers, builders and non-residential builders too.
The team are also responsible for dangerous structures and demolitions.