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Over the years I’ve been inspired by many women, not just in their professional accolades and inspirations, but also within their personal development. That could be managers that I’ve worked with, peers, people that I’ve supported; they've all been an inspiration. There are a few that stand out, but I would say the biggest one, the woman that I inspire the most to be like, would be my mother.
She single-handedly brought four children up after being widowed at an early age. She came from a poor mining village in South Yorkshire, where my roots are. I'm a little Yorkshire girl at heart. She absolutely does inspire me. She brought us up, she taught us the rights, the wrongs, the values. We had our ups and our downs, our loves, our laughs, our cries, but she still stood head and shoulders above all the women in my life.
She really developed us all as individuals and she was strong, she was a full-time role model. She worked in a fast-paced sales environment for a national newspaper, so her life was tough, but she ensured that we knew the good things and the bad. So for an inspiring woman, absolutely held up there above anybody else, it would definitely be my mother.
If I was going to give any advice or tips, it would be to be resilient. You've always got to be resilient. In our world it won't always be unicorns and rainbows, so you've always got to keep your eye on that prize. React and respond effectively and efficiently, don't ever be blinkered with what other people are doing and what's going on around you. Stay focused, stay adaptable.
Don't be afraid to ask questions! I always say: there's never such a thing as a stupid question, there's never such a thing as a daft answer. If you don't know, you don't know, so actually ask! Learn and develop yourself, impart that knowledge onto others as well.
One really important lesson for anybody would be to always take full responsibility, not just for your wins but for your losses. Own it.
Career-wise and business-wise, I’ve won many awards and accolades over the years for results and performance. But the biggest achievements that I’ve made over the years, and the most rewarding achievements that I’ve made over the years, is empowering developing and mentoring others. Their success and achievements are my success and achievements. There's nothing I love more than watching people that I’ve worked with, developed and mentored, succeed. Their success is definitely my success and therefore I would say they were probably my biggest achievements.
What's not to love? It's fast-paced, it's challenging, no two days the same. It's all very different and one of the other things that I really love is meeting people, meeting new people and learning from them - hopefully imparting some of my learning onto them! It's real sociable role to be in. It's challenging, without a doubt, but with that challenges come some great rewards. Within the sector that I work in, the health and social care arena, it is truly rewarding. In that sector, you actually get a chance to truly make a difference in people's lives.
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