For International Women's Day 2022, we decided to celebrate successful women in our business, get to know them and promote their achievements both inside and outside of the workplace.
Please describe your role and your journey at Midwich?
I started in 1997, so this year will be my 25th year at Midwich! I started as a Credit Controller and moved up to various roles within the credit area where I am today, as a Head of Credit.
You’ve seen the business change a lot. Was it good change in your opinion?
Absolutely. Had it not been for the growth of Midwich, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I’ve had. I’ve grown up with Midwich, having positive influence from my mentor Tracey Perkins.
Was your career path and your job role planned or did it happen by chance?
No, it wasn’t planned at all. When I was younger, I swore I would never work in an office. I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew that I wanted to work at Midwich.
Is there a person or people that make your work day better and more fun?
The team that I work with are instrumental to the success of our business. I’d like to particularly thank three people I work closely with, Kim Hunter, Emma Gunter and Adelle Berry.
Is there something that your team doesn’t know about you?
The trouble is that we work closely together and we know each other quite well. I read a lot of psychological thrillers and I do horse riding but that’s not going to be a surprise.
Can you recommend a book?
If I could recommend just one book, it would be ‘This Is Going To Hurt’ by Adam Kelly.
When did you think to yourself ‘Yes, I’ve made it!’?
Once I became a manager, I felt like I’d reached something that I never thoughts I would. But I feel like I’m still on that journey to learn more and to influence more around the Midwich Group.
How would you define success?
For me, it’s feeling satisfied with achievements. Being recognized and having the level of respect is important too.
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Keep doing what you’re doing. For me, it’s all part of being true yourself.
What advice would you give to someone that wants to be successful?
Work hard, don’t focus on the rewards – focus on your achievements.
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.
International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn't enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.