Who are you? What do you do? What is your background?
I graduated with a BA honours in Human Resource Management from Strathclyde University. I started my HR Career in Facilities services, later moving into Social care and most recently joining Energy Assets as Head of HR.
What does your average day look like? I have never met an average day yet… My day is planned, however it is always subject to change. Working with People means I need to be ready for anything, quite literally, it motivates me every day!
What led you to the utilities industry?
A change in career following the birth of my first child. Having spent several years in regional role, travelling to and from London on a weekly basis I was looking for a new challenge that would enable me to continue doing the job I love but enable me to be a mum too!
One sunny day in September 2018 I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Lynch, CEO and John McMorrow, CFO Energy Assets Group. I know I had found the place for me, I was instantly drawn to their enthusiasm and passion for the sector, Energy Assets and its people.
What are the values that drive you? Respect would be top of my list, I approach everyone with Respect; respect for them as an individual, their experience and knowledge, even if it is not a two way street. Differences of opinion are healthy and act as an opportunity to develop, however respect is a necessity.
Integrity would be a close second, it is essential that as an individual and an employer, that we maintain our integrity and do what is right, this may mean travelling the difficult path or having that uncomfortable conversation however when all is said and done we can look back and say, it was the right thing to do.
What do you do when you are not working?
Spending as much time as I can with my little girl Ruby and husband Kyle, family is very important to me. I want my daughter to see me as an example of a great, working mummy.
What/Who inspires you?
My mum and Dad; together they build a business which provided for my sister and I, they demonstrated that hard work and determination pays off. My mum sacrificed her personal goals to support my dad and in turn me to go to graduate University. It is my wish to pay it forward; to take the opportunities I was given and make the most of them and when the time comes, do the same for my daughter.
What is one lesson you have learnt in your career so far?
Take a step back and ask for help. It is easy to get stuck in a problem and feel there is simply no solution. By taking a step back, inviting some fresh eyes and ideas the problem truly is not only halved but often solved.
What advice would you give to other women in the industry?
Do not be afraid to put yourself forward, believe in your skills and experience, go for the promotion and do not overthink it! As women we bring a unique and different perspective to an industry where thinking has for many years, been male dominated.
In your experience, what can businesses do to attract and retain female talent?
In order to attract female talent, businesses must operate fair, inclusive and transparent recruitment practices, selection should be based on merit and skills, being male or female should not play a part in the process – Anonymise CVs and let the skills and experience do the talking…
In order to retain talent; businesses must challenge the status quo. Where do the women sit within our structure, is there a difference in pay and reward between men and women and why does this gap exist? Can we close the gap?
In my experience; engaged and happy employees drive business results and reduce turnover.