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5 Minutes With… Rebecca Thick

10th November 2023

“5 Minutes with…” is an interview series that introduces TRA members to one another and fosters a unified voice within the industry.

Our conversation with Rebecca Thick, a sales executive at Vida Wood, highlights the importance of diversity and equal opportunities in the industry. Rebecca also shares her personal journey into the timber engineering field.

  1. What first brought your attention to a career in timber engineering? (Sales, management, designing, or manufacturing?)

My parents, Sharon and Richard Thick, played a role in my introduction to the timber engineering industry. Their passion for the company and dedication to serving customers left a lasting impression on me.

I joined the Vida Team as an administrative assistant, handling order processing, customer calls, and other tasks. This daily interaction with customers solidified my desire to remain in this industry. When the opportunity to join the sales team arose, I eagerly accepted. Vida Wood UK and the entire Timber Engineering Group have been instrumental in my personal and professional growth, and I look forward to continuing my journey with them.

  1. What has been your proudest moment in your career to date?

Being asked to join the sales team at Vida Wood UK has been a pivotal moment in my career. It’s an honour to be part of such a reputable and customer-centric company. I take immense pride in contributing to the company’s growth while ensuring customers receive the products and services they need. Fostering strong customer relationships has been a key aspect of my success, and I aim to achieve many more milestones as I progress in my career.

  1. What advice would you give someone who is starting out in your profession?

Embrace the learning process and seek guidance from experienced individuals. Value your network, colleagues, and customers, as they are invaluable sources of knowledge and support. Knowledge is paramount in this industry, so utilise all available resources, including site visits, knowledge sheets, and meetings.

Don’t hesitate to ask questions, express your opinions, and propose solutions when appropriate. Fresh perspectives and diverse ideas are always welcome.


  1. If you could change just one thing about the construction industry, what would it be and why?

While there has been progress in recent years, I would like to see more women represented in all areas of the construction industry. This would not only address the skillset shortage but also create a more diverse and equitable workplace for everyone involved.

Additionally, I believe providing more opportunities for young people to enter and advance within the industry would be beneficial.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

It would be my dad passed away last year – because he will give me subtle pointers on how to be better in different aspects of my life. Quite often, I find myself looking up and saying, “Come on, give me a sign, what would you do? And sometimes, I like to think I get things right, but for those who knew him, I am sure you will all agree he would come back with more than just constructive pointers.

There are many others who I would like to have a chat with, but ultimately, a sing-along with Freddie Mercury would be high on the cards.”

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